Find Wine of the Month Clubs by Educational Program

When comparing wine club subscriptions, Educational Materials is something you should look closely at


With some clubs you get a boring 8.5" x 11" piece of paper printed off the office inkjet that includes information you could easily find at the winery's website if you looked. Others put together elaborate, high-quality booklets each month which talk about the wine, the winemaker, the region, offer recipes for pairing, and even trivia.

The educational program is most important for gifts and for new wine drinkers who are trying to expand their knowledge and palates.

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Signature Series

by The California Wine Club
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Overview: This wine club, one of our favorites, features hard-to-access, ultra-premium, mostly red wine, from California's boutique family wineries. An important thing to note: not all bottles shipped in this club have the same general cost. Instead of getting two $75 bottles, you might get a $140 and a $35 bottle. No matter how much it retails for, you'll always get interesting wine from the Signature Series.

What We Love: We love the wine we've received from this club, in fact it's on our Editor's Picks list because we'd sign up for this one. Also, they reward volume purchasing! If you can afford it, by upgrading to the 4-bottle per shipment program you can save up to $11 per bottle. Get a preview of the killer selection in their online wine store.

Wine Club Gift Info: The Signature Series is the perfect wine gift splurge for a wine lover who likes to explore new wines. For an extra $18 you order a pre-wine gift package announcing the gift. Send it to yourself to present in person on the big day or send it directly to your wine lover so they know the wine is coming.

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Aged Cabernet Series

by The California Wine Club
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Overview: This wine club is perfect for Cabernet lovers who lack the patience to cellar red wines and those who want to explore aged wine with a Satisfaction Guarantee. Each shipment contains two bottles of perfectly-cellared, mostly Napa, California Cabernet Sauvignon that's ready to drink now.

What We Love: We like that they bring you a variety of aged Cabernet Sauvignon, at different levels of quality from exceptional to rarified. Each shipment explores the different wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma County, like Oakville, Alexander Valley, Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain, and Spring Mountain District. We also love that you can buy Cabernet online in their store.

Wine Club Gift Info: The Aged Cabernet Series is the perfect wine gift splurge for a Cabernet lover. For an extra $18 you order a pre-wine gift package announcing the gift. Send it to yourself to present in person on the big day or send it directly to your wine lover so they know the wine is coming.

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Case Club

by The California Wine Club
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Overview: Among all of the case clubs (12 bottles, typically shipped quarterly), this California wine club offering selections from boutique wineries is one of the two best deals. The other club delivers 90+ point wine from around the world.

What We Love: We asked The California Wine Club for a case club deal and they made one! And now you get to save a TON of money on their already affordable Premier Series wines.

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Premier Wine Club

by The California Wine Club
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For You & For Gifts Give any wine club gift and get two extra bottles of wine in the first shipment PLUS a $25 wine credit for the wine store. Until Aug 31. Use code EXTRAWINE at checkout or Click for This Deal.


For Gifts Gift a give of 3 months or more and they'll receive a bonus bottle of Sparkling Wine in their first shipment. Until Aug 31. Click for This Deal.


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Overview: This wine subscription focuses on high-quality and value-priced wines from small family wineries in California, and is perfect to give as a gift or to join yourself. Even though California wine is legendary, most of us can't afford legendary wine prices. The California Wine Club's "Love it" Guarantee means you'll love your wine or they'll send you something else at no additional cost.

What We Love: The California Wine Club appears on the most lists of best wine clubs on our website because they overdeliver on value, customer service, and quality. The Premier Series is their biggest wine club and is the perfect gift for a California wine lover. If you join for yourself, you'll also enjoy wine credits, concierge service for wine tasting trips to California, and more perks of membership. The California Wine Club now regularly offers introductory discounts, and that makes this wine club a better value while still delivering fantastic quality.

Wine Club Gift Info: The Premier Series is the perfect wine gift for a Californai wine lover. For an extra $18 you order a pre-wine gift package announcing the gift. Send it to yourself to present in person on the big day or send it directly to your wine lover so they know the wine is coming.

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International Selections

by The California Wine Club
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Overview: Using the same methods of wine selection for more than 25 years, The California Wine Club expanded their vision to include an International wine club, too. Get an in-depth look at new-to-you wine regions around the world with all of the perks of being a member of The California Wine Club.

What We Love: As hard as it is to find boutique wines produced in the United States, it's even harder to find these tiny gems overseas.The fine selections we received were an eclectic pair of wines from Becker Vineyards in Germany; a Pinot Noir and a Pinot Gris. There is much to love about The California Wine Club, but we especially love their devotion to their members. We also like that it's a family business supporting family wineries.

Wine Club Gift Info: The International Series is the perfect wine gift splurge for a wine lover who likes to explore new wines. For an extra $18 you order a pre-wine gift package announcing the gift. Send it to yourself to present in person on the big day or send it directly to your wine lover so they know the wine is coming.

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Gold Wine Club

by Gold Medal Wine Club
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Exclusive Deal For Gifts Give a wine club gift of 3 months or longer and get a bonus bottle of Central Coast Merlot, a free artist-designed gift box, free gift bags, and a free printed gift notice. Click for This Deal.

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Overview: California is home to some of the world's best wine regions and wineries, many of which are boutique wineries. A boutique winery is typically a small-family operation with limited distribution beyond their tasting room. This wine of the month club is a great way to get introduced to what California wine has to offer at reasonable prices and it makes an excellent gift.

What We Love: Consistency. We've been receiving their shipments for years and we've never had a wine we didn't like. You can't really ask for more than that from a wine club.

Wine Club Gift Info: Gold Medal always offers beautiful gift packaging, but you usually need to order a whole year's worth of wine to get it free. Our readers get an exclusive deal on their premium gift package, included with any Gold Series gift of 3-months or longer. Your wine lover will also get a bonus bottle of red wine in their first shipment.

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Pacific Northwest Club

by The California Wine Club
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Exclusive Deal For You Save 50% on your first shipment. Until Dec 31. Use code WCRHALF at checkout.


For You & For Gifts Give any wine club gift and get two extra bottles of wine in the first shipment PLUS a $25 wine credit for the wine store. Until Aug 31. Use code EXTRAWINE at checkout or Click for This Deal.


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Overview: This wine club features wines from Oregon and Washington — two award-winning wine regions drawing the attention of those in the know. 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 Pacific Northwest region. Get an in-depth look at these Burgundian and Bordeaux-style regions with all of the perks of being a member of The California Wine Club.

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 family wineries.

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Diamond Wine Club

by Gold Medal Wine Club
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Overview: This quarterly wine club features true luxury wines rated 93+ and finds California wines so exclusive that the club is limited to 500 members. You get collector-level access without the hassle of doing your own research. A lot of wines (and wine clubs) call themselves "super premium" but most of them fail to live up to the hype, this one does.

What We Love: This wine club ships mostly red wine and occasionally a stunning white at prices well below retail. We love seeing superstars like Blackbird Red Blend from Calistoga, Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvingon from Stag's Leap District, and the 97-point Matetic Syrah from Chile. You can shop these luxury wines online at their store.

Wine Club Gift Info: With elegant gift packaging as an upgrade option, you can make any wine subscription gift really stand out. Send a personalized greeting card ahead or ship it to yourself to present on the big day. When the wine arrives, the first shipment's bottles are wrapped in organza and presented in a beautiful artist-designed gift box.

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90+ Cellars Wine Club

by Ninety Plus Cellars
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Overview: A surprisingly high-quality affordable wine club offering a comprehensive range of wine regions, grape varieties, and wine styles. 90+ Cellars is a modern-day négociant, sourcing wine at all different stages of production to produce wine at very low prices.

What We Love: We've been fans of the Ninety Plus brand since we started working in the wine business. We especially love the affordable pricing, which allows wine shoppers on a budget to explore premium wine regions and the grapes they're known for.

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The Limited Series

by Wine of the Month Club ®
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Exclusive Deal For Gifts Save 10% on any wine of the month club gift. Use code BESTWINE at checkout or Click for This Deal.

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Overview: These are the highest level wines you can get in a membership from The Original Wine of the Month Club ™, generally well-made wines from well-known areas. At $25-30 a bottle, it's competitive with several other wine clubs on price, but the wines are little more "traditional" and not discovery oriented.

What We Love: Paul Kalemkiarian, second generation proprietor at Wine of the Month Club ™ goes out of his way to source interesting wines, and in this price point that can be a challenge, particularly in finding California wines. So he leans on an International selection to bring you better value in this price range.

Wine Club Gift Info: If you want to give a wine of the month club as a gift this year, but your budget is constrained, this is a good choice. You'll be giving four months for what most other clubs charge for three, and they offer a fun gift presentation, too. Also, our readers can save 10% on all pre-paid gift memberships with coupon code BESTWINE, worth at least $25.

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