Expert reviews and tips for buying a monthly wine club—for yourself or as a gift
We've hand-selected these wine clubs for you because: They exceed our expectations as compared to similar wine clubs; They offer better value or a better selection of wines than similar wine of the month clubs; Our readers prefer these to similar clubs.
The best red wine clubs are a mix of two things: the best wine clubs overall, and getting the most value on red wine (which can be expensive for the good stuff). We sifted through our independent wine club reviews to figure out which wine clubs are really the best red wine clubs. These red wine clubs are sure to delight.
Looking for a cut above the regular wine selection in your next monthly club? Try one of these Premium wine clubs. The wines typically cost a little more, but you’ll find you have access to a more unique selection, and wines that are much harder to find at your local store or in another wine club.
A monthly wine club makes for a wonderful gift, for any type of wine lover. If your recipient drinks occasionally, or is someone you don’t know really well, you’ll find this selection of best wine club gift reviews a perfect place to shop.
In addition to the selection of best wine clubs based on general consumer preferences and what our readers like, we've gone ahead and cherry-picked the monthly wine clubs we'd most likely join if we weren't getting the subscriptions for free.
The subscription box trends is about more than getting your goods by mail. Personalization, Online Management, and Flexibility are key to a good subscription service. These are our top picks.
Reviewed November 10, 2016
We were slow to get this review up, but now we're really glad we did. The Pacific Northwest Wine Club (Oregon and Washington states) from The California Wine Club (yes we know, but it's a great wine club!) is keeping right in line with the tradition of showcasing wonderful wines from boutique family wineries. Great as both a gift and for yourself! Pacific Northwest Wine Club Review
Reviews updated November 9-10, 2016
While we've been getting shipments from The California Wine Club annually since 2010, we haven't updated our reviews in quite some time. We're starting with the companywide review, and then we'll be updating each of the remaining wine clubs. The updates include our current ratings system, new photos, and any changes to the clubs since we last wrote. We'll post them all here as they update. Aged Cabernet Wine Club Review, Premier Wine Club Review, Signature Series Wine Club Review, International Wine Club Review
Reviewed November 10, 2016
Joining the ranks of wine club companies cutting out the middle men is GrapeSeed Wine. Think of GrapeSeed wine like an amazing winery you joined, where every year there are different pedigreed winemakers producing creative wines with the best fruit available that vintage. Then remember they're doing this too keep the prices on exceptional wines in the "reasonable" bucket. This is a high-end wine club for people who love high-end California wine. GrapeSeed Wine Review
Reviewed September 27, 2016
As it's name implies, Wine Awesomness is a wine of the month club designed for a hipper, younger audience, but if you're into quality writing and photography, great value in your wine shipments, and music, this wine club will work for you at any age. Wine Awesomeness Review
Reviewed August 28, 2016
WINC (the company formerly known as Club W) has a come a long way since they launched. More than any other wine club start-up, WINC has figured out how to really make great wine cheaper. Read about the amazing value you get when you try the WINC way to buy wine. WINC Review
Reviewed July 5, 2016
The company's general business model is like Hotwire or Priceline, but they apply their spectacular prices to their wine club, too. Whether you're looking for hands-on, picked-just-for-you wines or a great value in a regular wine shipment, Wine Crasher is worth checking out! Wine Crasher Wine Club Review
We bet you already know what we do... yep you guessed it, we review wine clubs. We do this to help wine-lovers find the best wine club for themselves or as a gift, all in the name of enjoying drinking wine on any budget.
Our wine club reviews consist of several steps to ensure the wine clubs we have on the site are well-vetted. These wine club review steps include:
Check Out the Wines: We review the wines each wine club has sent in the past (as shown on their own website or, if needed, as requested via email). We verify awards and points, as well as size of production, and we evaluate Quality-to-Price Ratio (QPR). Whenever possible we receive shipments from the wine clubs to keep a trained eye on the quality, too.
Scout the Deals: We look to see what kinds of discounts and perks the wine clubs offer their members. Some wine clubs have introductory offers or provide free-shipping so we want to know about that, too.
Check for Customization: Many wine clubs offer great flexibility in the selection of wine color, frequency of shipping, and payment methods. We use this bend-over-backwards information to help us rate wine clubs.
Read the Fine Print: We check all marketing copy, customer service information, FAQ pages, and return policies. When we find holes in the information, we contact the wine clubs to make sure we know what they will do for their customers and what they won’t.
We are very pleased to announce our all new wine club ratings system.
We carefully considered how the wine club marketplace has changed over the last several years, and wanted to answer the question, "How can we be most useful in helping wine lovers and wine gifters choose the best wine club for them each and every time?"
We came to the conclusion that our old ratings system wasn’t getting the job done.
In our old system, we presented ratings from two different methods of measuring wine clubs as the same—we rated wine clubs with wines under $30 one way, and wines over $30 another way. We also treated Free Shipping as something extra special (when it’s really not) and didn’t focus enough on what types of wines were being sent.
So many new wine clubs have come on the market, offering personalization and conveniences like shipping notifications and online account management, that we felt we really needed to rethink how we were rating clubs. Instead of creating a ratings system based entirely on comparing wine clubs to each other, we wanted to address the ways in which wine clubs are often a better way to buy wine than the myriad ways we do today.
The excitement of a monthly wine delivery, elaborate newsletters with recipes for food pairings and educational articles, and boutique wines will delight any wine drinker.
Wine of the month clubs make excellent gifts for any type of wine drinker.
Say Thank You or Congratulations or Happy Birthday! Wine basket gifts come with snacks and special bottles of wine to show how much you care. We've hand-picked the best ones for you.
Wine basket gifts are a great way to help celebrate any occasion.
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If you're buying a gift for a wine lover we highly recommend exploring wine gift sets. These hand-picked sets come with 2-4 bottles, in unusual packaging, with high-end accessories, or just really great wines.
Wine gift sets are the ideal gifts for the wine enthusiasts in your life.
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If you live in one of the alcohol-friendly states, it probably never occurred to you that we have some arcane shipping laws in this country when it comes to alcohol. This makes purchasing a wine club as a gift, or even for yourself, just a teeny bit more challenging.
FedEx will ship wine clubs to the green states in the map, IF the wine club has a license to do so in that state. Those purple states are mostly off limits to FedEx, but other shippers might be able to send wine to them. See how this gets complicated quickly?
But never fear! WineClubReviews is here! We've organized the wine clubs we've reviewed into handy "ship to state" pages, so you can send your wine to Maryland, Pennsylvania, and even Utah (well, maybe not Utah).
If your state isn't listed above, you can still refine your shopping experience on our site to only see wine clubs that will ship to your state by following this link:
» The Full List of States to Ship Wine