Expert reviews and tips for buying a monthly wine club—for yourself or as a gift
Our best wine clubs list highlights 5 clubs that offer the best of what a wine club should be. We use 11 ratings factors and have reviewed hundreds of wine clubs.
The best red wine can be pricey so pick a trusted wine club with a satisfaction guarantee. Quality & service is how you get on our list of best red wine clubs.
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.
Like most things, one size does not fit all in wine gifts. Our reviews outline the best wine club for gifts. We also have lists for red and white wine gifts.
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 17, 2017
We were slow to get this review up, but now it is here! We also LOVE Wine Down Box because it is a unique way to enjoy a monthly wine subscription, especially if you also love salami and cheese. Impressive wine pairing subscription for yourself or to give as a gift that will be adored. Read our Wine Down Box Review.
Reviewed November 17, 2017
We were slow to get this review up, but now it is here! We LOVE VineBox because it is a unique way to enjoy a monthly wine subscription without going overboard. It makes a great gift, and it's easily doubled to let two people share all of the wine tasting fun. Read our VineBox Review.
Reviewed November 17, 2017
We've worked with The Original Wine of the Month Club ® for years and we're excited to see they've launched three new niche wine clubs. We were also delighted they're a great value and offer up interesting selections for each niche — Napa, Bordeaux, and Rosé. Read our Napa Wine Club Review, our Bordeaux Wine Club Review, and our Rosé Wine Club Review.
Reviewed & Updated November 17, 2017
A newer entrant to the wine club scene, Vinley Market wants to make wine clubs great for women, too. Wine is a male-dominated industry, but wine consumers are increasingly younger and often female. This leaves a place for a feminine, chic, smart wine club to appeal to those women with unusual, but approachable wines at an easy-to-swallow monthly price. Read our Bubbles & Rosé Wine Club Review and our Adventurer's Wine Box 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