Last Updated: 10/7/2010
The California Wine Club has built a solid reputation as the premier provider of California wine clubs. You could choose any of their wine clubs and expect to receive high-quality wines that you’re sure to be pleased with. We generally don’t feel that the California Wine Club provides the greatest value for your wine budget though. It’s really more a case of, you get what you pay for. If you’ve been burned by shopping for discount wine in the past, and you’re more than happy to pay for satisfaction, we strongly recommend the California Wine Club.
When it comes to seeking out high-quality California wines, the proprietors of the California Wine Club have gone to great lengths. It’s this kind of consistent and dogged approach to finding the best wines in a state where there are thousands of wineries making many wines each that makes us excited about the California Wine Club. We’re certain you and your gift recipients will be delighted with their selections, no matter which club you choose.
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The California Wine Club Ships Wine to:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Dist of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Overview: When considering a two-bottle a month wine club for yourself or someone else, this wine club ought to be near the top of your list.
What We Love: When it comes to places to find deals on wine, we often look to the California Wine Club. Not only do they start with great prices on their Premier Series wines, but they also have fantastic discounts after the shipments have gone out.
Could Be Better: We'd like to see them offer bigger shipments.
Overview: A premium-level California wine club featuring some of the finest wines produced in California.
What We Love: They reward volume purchasing! If you can afford it, by upgrading to the 4-bottle per shipment program you can save up to $13 per bottle.
Could Be Better: It seems like the price on this wine club is a little higher than it needs to be, so dropping it a bit and extending more of a discount to their premium subscribers would make us happy.
Overview: There's a bit of a trend developing among wine collectors where aged wine has become a major theme. This Aged Cabernet wine club is unusual and ought to satisfy Cali Cab lovers everywhere.
What We Love: We like that they bring you a variety of aged Cabernets, at different levels of quality from exceptional to rarified. While your monthly shipment price will vary, so will the different terroirs and winemaker expression of the king of all varietals.
Could Be Better: While we get the sense that you'll always pay a fair price for the wines you're being sent, the price range offered and lack of clear proclamation of that fact makes just a teeny bit nervous.
Overview: Using the same methods and ideas of wine selection as they've used for years in California, the California Wine Club has translated their vision to an International stage.
What We Love: The California Wine Club has an excellent reputation and they've been in business a long time. We like that it's a family business supporting other family businesses.
Could Be Better: We think they should have stayed in California. There are many other specialty clubs that the California Wine Club could have developed and left the International wines to other wine clubs.