Some wine clubs offer basic gift presentation options while others are heavily focused on the gifts side of their business and offer terrific choices.
Presentation options that cost extra. This option involves the wine club sending out a high-end gift notice before the wine ships.
You can have them sent to yourself so you can present them in person or you can have them sent directly to your recipient. Our two favorites for these pre-wine announcements are The California Wine Club and Winc.
The California Wine Club now offers the industry’s best pre-wine presentation package. For $18 extra (just one time, not recurring) you can send a gift box for your wine lover to open in advance of the first wine shipment’s arrival. It contains a personalized message detailing what is on its way, a wine stopper, and a nice corkscrew.
Winc’s pre-wine gift presentation is also thoughtful. For an extra fee ($6 for FedEx Ground or $20 for FedEx Overnight), you can have a lovely printed message delivered outlining the gift and how to redeem it. This puts the wine delivery schedule in the hands of your wine lover, not you.
Presentation and same-day options that are free.
Choose the "download and print" option so you can create the notice whenever you want and then email it yourself on the big day.
Many wine clubs offer personalized gift notices that you can customize, then print and personally deliver or email to your gift recipient. This feature is available from most wine clubs.
If you’re leaning toward the email option, it’s worth noting that several wine clubs immediately email the recipient when you make the purchase (meaning you have to buy the gift the day you’re giving it).
Gift presentation for the first shipment of wine. Many wine clubs offer additional touches to make the first shipment of wine more special. Typical offerings include a customized gift notice on nicer paper than what comes out of your printer, special gift wrap (paper or organza gift bags), and bonus gifts (wine-related trinkets) — some even offer bonus wine!
Select any of the following options to find your perfect wine club gift
Q: How does a wine club work?
A: A wine club is a subscription box service for wine which delivers wine at regular intervals, typically monthly. Each month a new selection of wines is delivered to your door. With hundreds of wine clubs available, you can customize the type of wine, wine region, delivery frequency, number of bottles in each shipment, and the wine quality (to name a few options).
Q: When will my wine gift be delivered?
A: It depends. When a wine gift will arrive is a highly variable subject. Some wine clubs send the first shipment immediately after ordering, some send it within 3-7 days of the order being placed, and some ship once a month. Additionally, where the warehouse is located that the package will originate from, how far the wine has to travel to reach your recipient, any other logistics/delivery hurdles can drastically affect when the gift will arrive.
We strongly recommend choosing a wine club gift that has a send-ahead gift notification so you have something to give on the big day and to let them know the wine is coming.
If you’ve waited until the last minute but still want the wine there by the big day, two-day and next-day air delivery options are usually available (at a hefty premium).
Q: What if they don’t like the wine in the gift?
A: Many wine clubs will replace any bottles your recipient didn’t like and modify their subscription accordingly. They call this a Satisfaction Guarantee. Our favorite (and highest-rated) wine clubs offer a Satisfaction Guarantee. Be sure to check the Satisfaction Guarantee rating on our review pages if this is important to you.
Q: Does my wine lover have to be home to receive deliveries?
A: Yes and no. All alcohol deliveries require an adult signature and this is pretty strictly enforced by the delivery companies like FedEx, UPS, and the local delivery firms used by wine clubs. If this is an issue for your gift recipient, there are a two workarounds we recommend:
Have the deliveries sent to their workplace. This isn’t an option for everyone, but if your recipient can receive packages at work, this is ideal. There is always an adult around to sign for a package and the wine will be kept in a temperature-controlled environment until they can bring it home.
Have the recipient sign up for UPS MyChoice and FedEx Delivery Manager. These are free services offered by each of the companies and they are SUPER useful for wine club deliveries. In most cases the recipient can reroute a delivery to another address (for a small fee) or to a business who contracts with the delivery company (this option is free) — I get my FedEx packages at the Walgreens around the corner from my home when I won’t be around on a delivery day. These services can also be used to manage vacation holds (a big part of why they’re super useful).
Q: Do I pay up front or for each shipment?
A: Yes, when giving a wine club gift you typically pay up front for all of the shipments you’re sending as a gift (we call this pre-paid). Some wine clubs allow you to pay each month. If this is important for your monthly budget, we recommend choosing one of the 4 wine club options at the International Wine of the Month Club which lets you “pay as you go” for wine club gifts.
Q: Can I send wine to Canada?
A: At this time we don’t know of any U.S.-based wine clubs that offer delivery in Canada. There are a few wine clubs in Canada that you can purchase from the U.S. for Canadian delivery. We recommend Googling “wine clubs that ship to Canada” to explore these options.
Q: Are there any “bottle a month” wine clubs I can give?
A: None that we recommend. We do not recommend single-bottle wine clubs because the economics of them aren’t good. In most cases, you might like to send a $20 bottle of wine once a month. The shipping cost for that bottle is likely around $20 also. This makes single-bottle wine clubs very expensive for what you get and so most companies don’t offer them. Send a one-time wine gift that fits your budget instead.