Holiday Wine Gift Guide

Wine Clubs with Free Gift Notice Before the Wine Arrives

Wine of the Month Clubs & Subscriptions with Free Gift Notice Before the Wine Arrives

Gift Presentation Options: All Presentation Options Professional package (paid) In the First Shipment (free and paid)

Best Wine of the Month Club Gifts: Best Gifts Wine Clubs

You've already generously ordered a wine subscription gift for your favorite wine lover, no need to go overboard with fancy gift presentation options. These wine clubs offer free presentation options, either via email or something you can download and print to give yourself.

How do you want to tell them about the gift? Via email when you order or on a future date, download and print a custom gift message, ship a special gift notice ahead of the wine, or send notice with the first shipment of wine.

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California Premier Club

by The California Wine Club

California Premier Club

For Gifts Save 10% on all 2-bottle wine club gift memberships and one-time wine gift sets. Until Jan 15. Use code WOW at checkout.

For Gifts Upgrade your wine gift to four bottles and get free shipping. Until Jan 15. Click for This Deal.

Good satisfaction guarantee

Good choice for gifts

#1 Best Gifts / #4 Best Overall / #4 Best White

This wine subscription focuses on good-quality, well-priced wines from small family wineries in California. It is perfect to give as a gift or to join yourself.

The California Wine Club appears on many of our lists of best wine clubs because they overdeliver on value, customer service, and quality.

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 Premier Club

by International Wine of the Month Club

International Premier Club

For Gifts Save $10 when you give a 4-month wine club gift. Use code SAVE10 at checkout.

For Gifts Save $15 when you give a 6-month wine club gift. Use code SAVE15 at checkout.

For Gifts Save $30 when you give a year of wine gift. Use code SAVE30 at checkout.

Good satisfaction guarantee

Good choice for gifts

#5 Best White / #8 Best Overall / #8 Best International

This is the entry-level wine club from the International Wine of the Month Club, but unlike some other wine clubs in this price range you'll always receive Estate-bottled wines. Also for a wine club in this price range you get excellent tasting notes and winery information for every wine that's shipped.

Unlike some other wine clubs which focus on acquiring closeout wines to ship to their members, this wine club cares a great deal about coming up with consistent selections befitting their reputation of 25 years in the business. Their tasting panel includes proprietor Kris Calef, wine professionals, and everyday wine drinkers, so they excel at finding palate-friendly wines with wide appeal.

Wine club gifting is an area that this company excels at. They give you the most options of any two-bottle wine club, from when you pay for each shipment, to all of the standard customizations, gift notice options, etc. The first shipment of all gifts includes organza-wrapped bottles for an extra touch.

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For You Save $20 and get free shipping on your first wine shipment. Use code SUBSCRIBE20 at checkout.

For You & For Gifts Save 10% on everything — bottles, sets, gifts, and subscriptions are all included. Until Dec 31. Use code WINEGIFT at checkout.

Good choice for gifts

#1 Best White / #2 Best Overall / #2 Best Quarterly

The Plonk wine club has always been among our favorites because of the proprietor's preference for quirky but delectable wines. Etty Klein sources interesting wines made from grapes and regions you've never heard of (and some you have). Whether you choose four, six, or twelve bottle shipments you'll be glad you picked Plonk.

Lately we've come to think of Plonk as the "Somm club" that isn't run by a sommelier. With a focus on wines under $30 that will delight any curious wine drinker, we think the value is top notch. Also, unlike most wine clubs, if you're thinking of going red-only or white-only, you'll actually get four or six different selections (2 of each if you upgrade to 12 bottles).

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Aged Cabernet Series

by The California Wine Club

Aged Cabernet Series

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

For Gifts Save 10% on wine club gifts. Until Jan 15. Use code WOW at checkout.

Good satisfaction guarantee

Good choice for gifts

This wine subscription focuses on high-end, small-production Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that was perfectly cellared while it earned the status of Aged. All of these Cabs, from small family wineries in Napa, are ready to drink when they arrive. It is perfect to give as a gift or to join yourself. Past shipments have included both three-bottle horizontals and three-bottle verticals — a truly unique wine experience (more on this in the review).

One of few Napa Cabernet wine clubs, this is the only Aged Cabernet wine club we know of. It’s practically impossible to find luxury aged Cab outside of the auction environment or for less than $120 a bottle. The uniqueness of these wines and the special access the club’s members get both factor into our enthusiastic support of The Aged Cabernet Series.

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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High-End California Club

by The California Wine Club

High-End California Club

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

For Gifts Save 10% on wine club gifts. Until Jan 15. Use code WOW at checkout.

Good satisfaction guarantee

Good choice for gifts

#1 Best California / #1 Best Premium / #2 Best Red

This wine subscription focuses on high-end, small-production wines from small family wineries in California. It is perfect to give as a gift or to join yourself.

The Signature Series is one of our favorite premium wine clubs. We never get tired of exploring the different styles and terroirs of high-end California wine.

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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Pacific Northwest Club

by The California Wine Club

Pacific Northwest Club

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

For Gifts Save 10% on wine club gifts. Until Jan 15. Use code WOW at checkout.

Good satisfaction guarantee

Good choice for gifts

This wine subscription focuses on high-end, limited-production wines from small family wineries in the broad wine region called Pacific Northwest. It includes Oregon and Washington and is perfect to give as a gift or to join yourself.

The Pacific Northwest wine club is one of few such wine subscriptions available. They only work with small family wineries, so nearly every wine they ship typically wouldn’t be distributed outside the state it was produced in.

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Diamond Series

by Gold Medal Wine Club

Diamond Series

Good choice for gifts

#5 Best Red

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.

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.

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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International Selections

by The California Wine Club

International Selections

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

For Gifts Save 10% on wine club gifts. Until Jan 15. Use code WOW at checkout.

Good satisfaction guarantee

Good choice for gifts

#7 Best International

This wine subscription focuses on high-end, limited-production wines from small family wineries outside the US. It is perfect to give as a gift or to join yourself.

They only work with small family wineries, so nearly every wine they ship typically wouldn’t be distributed inside the US.

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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Garagiste Wine Club

by Gold Medal Wine Club

Garagiste Wine Club

For Gifts Give a wine club gift of 12 shipments and save 5%. Click for This Deal.

Good choice for gifts

#3 Best California

Garagiste is a term which describes up-and-coming winemakers who toil away creating artisanal wines in their, well not usually, garages. If you're someone who wants to be up on the latest and greatest future stars of California winemaking, try the mostly red wine selection of Garagiste wines from the Gold Medal Wine Club.

We look forward to discovering new wineries from all over California. We know we're getting very good wine at below-retail prices and helping small family businesses grow.

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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Pinot Noir Wine Club

by Gold Medal Wine Club

Pinot Noir Wine Club

For Gifts Give a wine club gift of 12 shipments and save 5%. Click for This Deal.

Good choice for gifts

#6 Best Gifts

Pinot Noir is one of the most beloved red wine grapes and this Pinot of the month club is the best one for discovering Pinot Noir from California, Oregon, and Washington. Discover boutique wineries producing world-class Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and other regions around California. Stunning Pinot from Joseph Jewell, Dragonette Cellars, and Kessler-Haak to name a few.

We're big fans of Pinot Noir in general, and we love how Gold Medal sources award-winning selections from small producers we may not have heard of or haven't had access to for purchasing. A membership with the Gold Medal Wine Club Pinot Noir Series takes Pinot lovers on a trip to the West Coast for wine tasting without leaving home. Check out their Pinot selection.

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.

Want to know more? Read my full review or Shop it