Holiday Season Gifts

Unique Wine Club Gift Ideas for 2018

For decades now, the wine club has been the best way to give a gift of wine. Long before “subscription box” became a buzzword, wine clubs became the recurring gift of choice for wine lovers because they are repeatedly reminded with each shipment how much you appreciate them. With hundreds of wine club gifts to choose from, we thought we’d help narrow down the list by choosing interesting wine club gifts and matching them with specific types of wine drinkers.

The Best Wine Club for People Who Only Want One Glass

Let’s face it, a little weeknight indulgence sounds great, but opening a bottle of wine just to have a glass seems like a waste (even if you have tools for wine preservation). Since nearly all wine is sold in 750 ml bottles, this problem seems insurmountable — but it’s not! With a terrific understanding of this hole in the wine club market and a bit of clever of technology, VineBox has figured out a way to deliver the single glass experience via a wine subscription service.

Wine Gift Idea: VineBox Wine Box

VineBox's monthly delivery services offers three glass tubes containing 3.3 oz of different wines. Whether your favorite wine lover tries them all in one night like a wine tasting flight, or they spread ‘em out for a little treat throughout the month, they’ll be delighted with the eclectic collection of fine wines from around the world. If they love something, they’ll be able to purchase a full-size bottle from their account page (while supplies last). We really liked the shipments we received and look forward to trying more from VineBox.

Give VineBox / Buying for one wine lover? 3-month gifts are $81, 6-month gifts are $156, and 12-month gifts are $300. Buying for two? “Double it” and save 5%.

The Best Wine Club for Grill Fanatics & Pizza Lovers

Here in Southern California grilling season lasts all year, but we know folks around the country who will huddle up next to that barbecue all year round even when it’s cold and snowy. They’re fans of meat, ribs, chicken, and bold flavors. Likewise, some people just can’t wait for their weekly pizza night, and finding the right wine pairings for pizza can make the experience sublime. Nothing goes better with the flavors of grilled food and pizza then big, bold red wines.

Wine Gift Idea: Bold Reds Wine Club

The Bold Reds Series from the International Wine of the Month Club highlights regions and varieties from around the world, and your grill-fan or pizza-lover will always have a bottle or two of robust, complex red wine to pair up with their latest grilled creations and pizzas. They’ll get two bottles of high-quality red wine in each shipment and signature Cellar Notes: tasting notes, recipes, and a brief history of the wine regions, wineries, and winemakers.

Recent selections have included: Bodega Díaz Bayo Ribera del Duero Crianza 2014 (Spain), Fore Family Vineyards Carneros Napa Pinot Noir 2012 (California), Domaine Chamfort Côtes-du-Rhône 2015 (France), Graffito Mendoza Cabernet Franc 2015 (Argentina), Edgebaston Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (South Africa), and Mr. Riggs Generation Series Montepulciano d’Adelaide Hills 2014 (Club Exclusive, Australia).

Give the Bold Reds Series / Priced at $46.95 per shipment, plus $14 for shipping. You can choose any number of shipments from 2-12 and have it delivered monthly, every other month, or quarterly. Save up to $25 with coupon codes SAVE10, SAVE15, and SAVE25.

The Best Wine Club for Most Women

While we loathe stereotypes of the wine industry, sometimes there’s a kernel of truth in there. In this case, we personally have yet to meet a woman who likes wine but doesn’t like Sparkling Wine & Rosé. Unless she only drinks red wine or prefers sweeter wine, you can’t go wrong with this wine club as a gift for her.

Wine Gift Idea: Bubbles & Rosé Wine Club from Vinely Market

Vinley Market, is a wine club that clearly wants to satisfy wine drinkers of the female variety — from branding to gift presentation, everything has a restrained air of femininity. Great quality wine is a requirement for any wine gift, and the Bubbles & Rosé Club delivers with excellent selections of sparkling wine and dry rosé (never a White Zinfandel). Give this gift of monthly bubbles & rosé wine delivery and she’ll feel loved over and over again.

Give the Bubbles & Rosé Wine Club / Conveniently priced at $59/month (includes shipping). A 3-month gift is $159.30 after applying 10% savings from promo code WCR2017. 1-time, 6-month, and 12-month gifts are also available.

The Best Wine Club for Branching Out from Their Favorites

Are you familiar with the term doppelgänger? It usually refers to a person who looks just like another (a current example). At any rate, wines have doppelgängers, too, and Plonk Wine Club has figured out a way to introduce us all to more grapes to love.

Wine Gift Idea: Plonk Wine Clubs

Whether your favorite wine lover’s favorite grape is Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or Sauvignon Blanc, Plonk has each of these covered. Depending on which one you choose, each month they’ll get one wine of their favorite grape and one wine of a different grape, usually from another wine region. This setup is designed to showcase different grapes with similar taste profiles, encouraging wine discovery — what wine clubs are all about. Of course all shipments are still curated by Plonk’s Etty Lewensztain who loves interesting wine.

Give a Plonk Doppelgänger / Two-bottle shipments are $64.99 (includes shipping) and four-bottle shipments are $114.99 (includes shipping). For both subscriptions, the more you give, the more you save. A 3-month two-bottle subscription costs $191.97. 6-month and 12-month subscriptions are also available.

The Best Wine Club for Those Who Want to Discover Napa’s Red Blends

Napa is world-renowned for the Cabernet Sauvignon, and there are a bazillion online stores and wineries just dying to sell you some of that Napa Cab. What’s super interesting about Napa though is that they produce a lot more than just Cabernet, and these other wines are produced by the same amazing winemakers who make those legendary Cabs.

Wine Gift Idea: Napa Red Blends

For anyone who wants to get to know Napa better, but maybe can’t afford the pricey Napa Cabs, there is the Napa Wine Club from the Original Wine of the Month Club®. This club features Napa red blends and even actual Napa Cabs when they can secure a really great price. With fun gift packaging, a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and reasonable pricing, this wine club is a great way for you to give Napa wine and feel comfortable doing so. They even get a little bonus gift in their first shipment!

Our shipment contained: The Dude, a traditional Bordeaux-style blend, specifically 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petite Verdot (1200 cases). Grapes came from vineyards in Calistoga, Carneros, Rutherford, and Oak Knoll; and Native Son, produced by Kuleto Estates. This wine is 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 15% Merlot, and 10% Sangiovese.

Give the Napa Series Wine Club / There’s a red-only option or a red-and-white mix option. Shipping every other month, a 3-shipment gift is $220 plus shipping (varies by location). 4- and 6-shipment gifts available, too. Our readers save 10% on all gift club memberships. Use coupon code BESTWINE.

The Best Wine Club for Cheese and Charcuterie Lovers

For some folks (myself included), the trifecta of wine, cheese, and salami is a seductive combination that says, “It’s partytime!” And thanks to Wine Down Box, they can now add “In my jammies!” to the party.

Wine Gift Idea: Wine & Cheese Club

Wine Down Box was created to fill that wine club niche for people who just want to come home and relax with the food and wine already selected, especially on a Friday night. They work with artisanal cheese makers (like Vermont’s Plymouth Artisan Cheese) and salami producers (like California’s Alle-Pia), but they don’t stop there. Wine Down Box also chooses artisanally-produced wines (we usually say “boutique” or “family winery” but artisanal works here, too). The pairings we’ve tried have all been spot on and the wines are excellent.

Give Wine Down Box / At $70 a box, you can choose a one-time shipment, 3-month, 6-month, or a 12-month gift.

The Best Wine Club for People Who Love Artisanal Goods

Speaking of artisanal… in the wine world, that’s where it’s at. 80% of wine that’s purchased in the US is $15 or less and produced in mass quantities, but for oenophiles (that’s wine lovers to you and me) that 20% is where the magic happens. Small family wineries, whether they’re just starting out on their own after years of “apprenticing” at other wineries or they’re long-time producers of micro-production wines, tend to go the extra mile to make exceptional wine — sustainable farming practices, innovative grape blending, painstaking oak selection, night-time harvests really make it a labor of love.

Wine Gift Idea: Artisanal Wine Club

Sadly, these wine artisans typically have a hard time getting their delicious goods to market because they’re too small for large distributor deals. Enter the Garagiste Series from the Gold Medal Wine Club. If discovering California’s newest and smallest wine producers — wines you often can’t buy anywhere but online and from the winery — sounds like something your favorite wine lover would enjoy, then they’ll love this wine club. The selections vary, but are mostly red wine and tend to be bolder.

Give the Garagiste Series / Two-bottle shipments are $75 + $10.50 for shipping. Choose any number of shipments from 1-12 and delivery frequency of monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly. Add on an artist-designed gift box for $5.99 and really make a splash.

The Best Wine Club for Wine Drinkers Who Like It on the Sweeter Side

When compared with old-world wine-drinking regions (like France, Italy, and Spain), Americans tend to like their wines on the sweeter side, especially women (there’s actually data that suggests this preference is biological). Sometimes we don’t even know we’re drinking an off-dry wine (especially with red blends), but some people actively seek out sweet sugar bombs like Moscato, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling.

Wine Gift Idea: Light & Sweet Wine Club

Fortunately, there is a wine club just for these wine lovers — the Light & Sweet Club from Vinesse. This is a great wine club to give your favorite Moscato drinker. First, there aren’t any other wine clubs featuring sweeter wines that aren’t dessert wines. Second, the wine buyer they’ve got picking wines for this club appreciates well-made wine and isn’t just looking for a sugar fix. Good quality sweeter wines also have good acidity, which is what makes them food-friendly.

Give the Light & Sweet Wine Club / You can choose quarterly or semi-annual shipments of 6 or 12 bottles. Shipment price will vary as each bottle is priced between $15 and $17 ($90-102 per box for 6 bottles, $180-204 per box for 12 bottles).

The Best Wine Club for Aged Wine Lovers

Cab is king around the world, but aged Cab is hard to come by unless you’ve been squirreling it away for a special occasion. Fortunately, The California Wine Club has your back with their Aged Cabernet Series. They leverage their great relationships with boutique wineries who offer up perfectly-cellared Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 5+ years, ready to drink when it arrives.

Wine Gift Idea: Aged Cabernet

Especially highlighting Napa Valley Cabernet, the Aged Cab selections sometimes venture out beyond the Napa sub-regions. Recently featured wines include: 2009 Estate James O'Neil Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford); 2010 Totem Ridge Vineyard Knights Valley, Sonoma County Cabernet; 2006 Wurtele Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain); 2009 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; and 2011 Estate Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Give the Aged Cabernet Series / A splurge at $231 per shipment, plus $14 shipping. You can choose any number of shipments and have it delivered monthly, every other month, or quarterly. This stunner rarely goes on sale, but this holiday season you can get free shipping for any length gift. Offer valid until Dec 31, 2017.