The Collectors Series Review
All-Around Wine Club Rating:
This wine club is...
Our favorite series offered by The International Wine of the Month Club, we really dig the interesting, high-end, European-focused wines that arrive at our door. We've been able to find Italian and French red wines we enjoy courtesy of this wine club, which helps us understand the wine from these countries in a more nuanced way.
What We Like
More than anything, we love surprise factor of these wines. Every time we open a box, we sort of grimace at the prospect of drinking a Rhone red or an Barolo (wines that we typically don't enjoy because of our own palate preferences), but we're always surprised at how the wines are enjoyable anyway, and usually much better than we were expecting.
We'd love to see four-bottle shipments offered by this wine club as a way to help mitigate the cost. The company offers a reliable, quality-driven service, so you don't really get deals on the wine in the shipments. At the level of The Collectors Series (which we think has an over-inflated name), the discount aspect of the wine club is not a primary concern.
Coupons & Promo Codes
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.
Price & Shipping Info
The Collectors Series membership costs $72.95 for 2 bottles of wine. Shipping costs extra and is $13.00 per shipment plus sales tax where applicable. The price per bottle, with shipping, is $42.97.
Shipments are sent monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly.
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The Collectors' Series Review
The Collectors Series Wine Club is an excellent two-bottle wine club featuring wines from around the world. It is the highest-level wine club offered by the International Wine of the Month Club and is a great jumping-off point into the world of high-end wines and premium wine clubs. They feature hard-to-find wines and specially-imported selections, too.
While we disagree with the name — it seems like the average price-point isn't really Collector-level — we believe this is a fair price for the high-end wines you'll give or receive.
This subscription makes a great gift, but if you're ordering for yourself, you might find yourself getting bored after a year. The company often repeats wines (new vintages of course), particularly white wines from Europe.
Also worth noting, International Wine of the Month Club wines are often seen in other wine clubs.
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Collectors Series Wine Review
Our Collectors Series
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Curation Process. International Wine of the Month Club uses a two-tiered tasting panel consisting of up to 30 tasters and is comprised of wine enthusiasts who run the gamut from industry professionals, to serious amateur collectors, to casual wine lovers. In this way, the diversity of preference, experience, taste, and style that exists within their club membership is correspondingly represented in the wine selection process. Only those wines that are most highly regarded by the panel, generating an affirmative consensus among the members, become featured in the club.
We've been drinking International Wine of the Month Club's Collectors Series wine on a regular basis for more than seven years now. If you're looking to explore palate-friendly wines from around the world, you've found a great wine club to join. Most of the wines aren't special, but they're of good quality and they're consistent. The Collectors Series offers quality wine at a fair price (close to suggested retail).
Here are the highlights of the many Collectors Series shipments we've received:
Old World (Spain, France, Italy)
- Chateau Beauregard Ducasse
2012 Cuvee Albertine Peyri (White) from Graves, Frances
- Domaine Moreaux
2011 Les Monts Damnes Sancerre from Loire, France
- Domaine Raspail-Ay
2010 GSM Blend from Gigondas (Rhone), France
- Domaine du Grand Tinel
2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc from Chateauneuf du Pape (Rhone), France
- Joseph Perrier
NV Cuvee Royale Champagne from Champagne, France
- Dehesa La Granja
2000 Seleccion (Tempranillo) from Zamora, Spain
2006 Rioja Reserva from Rioja, Spain
2011 Rioja Blanco from Rioja, Spain
2010 Monsant (Red blend) from Priorat, Spain
- Gini La Frosca
2009 Soave Classico (Garganega) from Soave, Italy
Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, South America, South Africa)
2011 The Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV from The Cape, South Africa
2011 Syrah from Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Thomas Alexander
2010 Le Tiegre (Red Blend) from Paso Robles, California
- Rosenthal, The Malibu Estate
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from Malibu, California
2009 Old Stones Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Our Collectors Series
Membership Benefits Ratings
Satisfaction Guarantee. They offer a top-tier satisfaction guarantee. We love satisfaction guarantees because it's a major differentiator between buying from a wine club and buying from your local wine store or grocery store.
"Our 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures that every item you purchase at International Wine of the Month Club meets your high standards or we will replace it or refund your purchase."
Customer Service Record. In more than 11 years of working with International Wine of the Month Club we have never had a single customer complaint. Our usual Internet sleuthing failed to turn up any significant customer complaints. Kudos to them!
Discount Opportunities. We look at three areas when evaluating the discount opportunities offered by a wine club. Is there an introductory offer to sweeten the deal? Are there discounts available for buying more of wines you loved in your shipments? Are there special discounts only available to members?
International Wine of the Month Club does not have an introductory offer and doesn't offer members-only deals, but they do have a "Buy More, Save More" promo code for gift-giving (Hint: You can buy yourself a pre-paid "gift" to take advantage of this discount). Save $10 on any 4-shipment order with code SAVE10. Save $15 on any 6-shipment pre-paid order with code SAVE15. Save $25 on any 12-shipment pre-paid order with code SAVE25.
Discounts on reorders are available, but the reorders are only discounted at quantities greater than six bottles. If you buy a case on reorder, you're getting a discount from your original monthly price.
Convenience. International Wine of the Month Club is a more old-fashioned company. If you need to hold your service for a vacation or want to cancel your membership you'll need to call and speak to someone during regular business hours. You can change your address online, as well as create a product review.
Wine Education. Cellar Notes, the International Wine of the Month Club publication that goes out with their wine club, is chock full of information about the winemaker, and a little light on info about the wine. Much attention is paid to accompaniments (i.e. food) and promoting their other products. We'd like a little more information on the wine region. Something we LOVE about this wine club is that they publish every single issue online, including all of the information found in the printed inserts.
Collectors Series Gifts
We think The Collectors Series from International Wine of the Month Club is an excellent gift. Whether you're buying it as a corporate gift or just a regular gift for your favorite wine lover, it's a great and affordable choice.
Always thinking about how to make their wine club great, International Wine of the Month Club gives you a tool to send an E-Gift Announcement on a specific date (this is unusual). If you want to print a Gift Announcement, they have a great tool to help you create your own! You can some basic style elements and personalize it with information pertaining to what you’ve purchased and for whom, as well as adding a personal message or use a pre-written greeting. IMPORTANT NOTE: Gift Announcements are not automatically generated for orders placed on the Internet.
Design Your Own Gift
International Wine of the Month Club is a part of a larger gift service called Monthly Clubs. A standout opportunity from Monthly Clubs is their Design Your Own Club feature. In addition to being a wine club they're also a Beer of the Month Club, Chocolate of the Month Club, Cigar of the Month Club, Flower of the Month Club, and Cheese of the Month Club. Not only do they offer all of these other clubs, you can mix and match to create your own special gift. Choose a different type of product each month, alternate products, whatever you want to do. Buying for a husband and wife? Alternate shipments with her faves and his!
Here are examples of the wine & cheese and wine & chocolate clubs we designed for ourselves!