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Summary

NakedWines.com isn’t really a wine club the way you think of one, but it’s a personalized wine buying service that you pay into on a monthly subscription so… we treat it like one. It also happens to be the most interesting wine club we’ve come across in a while.

What We Like

The list of things we love about NakedWines.com is long, but here are some of our favorite bits: the wines we tried were excellent and priced exceptionally well; the winemakers interact with commenters on a regular basis; you can make this wine club anything you want it to be.

Improvements

As with some other large wine clubs, the marketing is misleading at times, but the product is solid, so we're not getting our knickers in a twist about it.

Coupons & Promo Codes

For You Save $50 on your first 6-bottle case, just $49.99. No voucher required. Click for This Deal.


For You Save $100 on your first 12-bottle case, just $89.99. No voucher required. Click for This Deal.

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Price & Shipping Info

A Nakedwines.com membership costs $40.00 each month, which you can use to buy wine when you want. Free shipping plus sales tax where applicable. The price per bottle, with shipping, ranges from $9.00 to $40.00 depending on how you configure your membership.

Shipments are sent monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly. Subscribe and cancel any time.

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Nakedwines.com Review

by WineClubReviews.net

In this review: How Does Nakedwines.com Work? · Wine Review · Membership Benefits · The Vouchers · Who Should Join? · Gift Review

Nakedwines.com wine shipment in the cellar

We received this shipment from Nakedwines.com in December, 2018.

Nakedwines.com is a personalized wine buying service (not really a wine club, but sort of a wine subscription). Here’s a high-level view of how it works:

  1. If you join, you’ve become an “Angel” and each month you deposit $40 from your credit card into your account.
  2. When you’re ready, you visit the website and select at least 6 wines to be delivered. You can choose recommended wines (based on how you’ve rated previous shipments from Nakedwines.com) or choose whatever looks good to you.
  3. Decide you’re done having wings? You can withdraw any unspent funds you’ve deposited at any time.
  4. Oh, and you can get a full refund or replacement bottles for any wine you order and you don’t like with their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

A Review of the Wine from Nakedwines.com

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Our Nakedwines.com Wine Ratings


Quality of Wine
Price of Wine
Wine Curation

Nakedwines.com offers hundreds of wines from different grapes, regions, price ranges, and wine styles. At the time we wrote this review, there were 12 wine styles, 12 countries, and too many grape varieties to count. They achieve this breadth of inventory by allowing their independent winemakers to decide what to produce. This means more for you to try than with any other wine club. Whatever kind of wine you’re into, you can make a Nakedwines.com membership completely yours.

Shopping for wine at Nakedwines.com is about easy as it can be. You can be super specific with grapes and regions, percent of alcohol, Vegetarian and Vegan, or you can rely on some handy shortcuts like “Big Red” or “Clean & Crisp White.” They also let you limit the selection to wines recommended for you (better after you’ve rated a bunch of wines), “Wine’s I’ve Not Tried,” and what percentage of people would buy again. Find a favorite winemaker in the bunch? You can shop his or her wines, too.

One of the most important things we can say about the wine from Nakedwines.com is this: every single bottle we tried showed typicity. If you’ve never heard this word before, it means that the wine tastes like what it’s supposed to (usually specific to a type of grape, but also can be applied more specifically to a grape from a particular region).

This is important to call out because it really distinguishes Nakedwines.com from other wine clubs offering wine in the under $15 a bottle range (though Nakedwines.com offers a broad array of wine at a broad array of prices). When you drink Nakedwines.com, you are truly expanding your palate and learning about wine, as opposed to just trying different wines that arrive at the door.

We received a selection of wines that Nakedwines.com hand-picked for us, and we were very impressed.

Nakedwines.com Angels frequently rate the wines they receive (it’s not required). The rating method is simply a Yes or a No to “I would buy this again.” They post this information on the website in a big red circle for each wine you might buy, showing you how many people have rated the wine and what percentage of people would buy it again. Since you pick the wines you receive, you also can receive only the best selling wines if you choose to.

This is one of the wines we received:

Nakedwines.com Scott Kelley Oregon Pinot Noir 2017 - 95% of 850 Angels would buy again

Like 95% of Angels, we would most definitely buy this wine again. Even at the “normal” price of $29.99 we’d buy this again, as it was very good for that price, compared with other Oregon Pinot Noir we’ve tried. At $14.99, a price normally reserved for crummy bulk Pinot Noir, this wine was exceptional.

Here are the other wines we received:

Nakedwines.com Matt Parish Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016 - 93% of Angels 2,360 would buy again

Show me a Napa Cab that costs $39.99 and I’ll say, “wow that’s a good price… what’s wrong with it?” This one, which Angels pay just $18 to quaff, was fantastic. Easily compares to Napa Cabs priced in the $50-60 range (even though it really shouldn’t).

At this point I’d like to call out one of the 7% of Angels who wouldn’t order the wine again. He left a very clear and legitimate comment about why he didn’t like it (helpful for anyone considering the wine). The winemaker, Matt Parish, read this comment and made some suggestions that might be better suited to the Angel’s developing palate. How freakin’ awesome is that?!

Nakedwines.com Winemaker Matt Parish personally responding to Angel feedback Nakedwines.com Jacqueline Bahue Carte Blanche Sauvingon Blanc Sonoma Valley 2017 - 85% of 1,273 would buy again

Among our tasting party, 2 out of 3 drinkers liked this Sauvignon Blanc a lot. I was the holdout and I thought it was okay, but at $14.99 I felt it was about the same quality as similar Sauvignon Blancs at this price. At $24.99 I’d have been disappointed because it wasn’t as good as my go-to Nor Cal Sauv Blanc (St. Supery, retails for $22). I’d want to try more white wines from Nakedwines.com before deciding whether to give this one another go.

Nakedwines.com Jean Phillippe Moulin Champagne Rosé - 89% of 1,477 would buy again

You can’t touch real Champagne under $30 a bottle these days (except Kirkland Signature Champagne at Costco), and if you want a Rosé, well, you’ll pay a premium for that, too. So when we saw this bottle in our box, we were skeptical. $29.99 is a steal for this bone-dry sparkler which we’d be delighted to share with company or keep for ourselves for a little random luxury every now and again.

Nakedwines.com Benjamin Laroche Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2015 - 86% of 69 would buy again

Chablis is Chardonnay from the northernmost area of Burgundy, France. That “1er Cru” means this wine comes from one of the second-best vineyards in Chablis (France classifies their vineyards into tiers to help buyers know what they’re paying for). “Premier Cru” white Burgundy typically retails (in the US) for $25-50, so this pricing would assume a high-quality Premier Cru priced like an entry-level one. It was definitely better than the Louis Jadot I can pick up at the local store, and personally, I really enjoy French Chardonnay’s minerality and subtle fruit. Because I don’t know anywhere near as much about French wine as I do about California wine, I might not pick one of these up at a store… but with that 100% satisfaction guarantee, it’s a great risk-free way for me to learn more about this style of Chardonnay from the Chablis region.

Nakedwines.com Rabbit & Spaghetti Icon Reserve Shiraz 2016 - 92% of 436 would buy again

All three tasters in our group liked this one, but we had it after the Matt Parish Cab (above) and didn’t sing like the Cab (all of us would prefer a Shiraz/Syrah to a Cab, so it wasn’t a grape preference issue). It was still quite excellent and fun to try a premium Shiraz from Australia (most of what we get here in the US is low-to-middle quality or super-premium).

Nakedwines.com Angel Membership Benefits

The main reason to join any wine club is usually access to wines you couldn’t otherwise purchase. The second reason to get a wine subscription is to benefit from “preferred pricing” offered to loyal members. The third reason to join the best wine of the month clubs is a 100% money back guarantee.

Nakedwines.com hits all of these nails right on the head, but it also offers so much more. Here are some of the non-traditional benefits of becoming a Nakedwines.com Angel:

Nakedwines.com Gives Your Wine Wings in their shipping boxes

Our Nakedwines.com Membership Benefits Ratings


Satisfaction Guarantee
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Customer Service
Wine Education
Convenience
  • Angels support independent winemakers. These winemakers sometimes leave demanding jobs at world-famous, award-winning wineries to be the captains of their own winemaking ships. Setting out completely on their own requires funding which they typically don’t have or don’t know how to raise. This is where Nakedwines.com comes in, they fund winemakers who want to create their own projects.
  • Angels get amazing pricing. By funding winemakers directly and then selling that wine directly to consumers like yourself, Nakedwines.com doesn’t have any middlemen or retailers taking a markup along the way. This lets Nakedwines.com pay those independent winemakers fairly AND keeps the costs down.
  • Angels get access to the winemakers! Comment on any wine on the Nakedwines.com website and odds are good the winemaker will see the comment and leave a reply, whether to say thank you or to make alternative suggestions based on your feedback.
  • Angels get a community of like-minded wine drinkers. There are a huge number of active Groups on Nakedwines.com, from one designed for Newbies, one focused on food pairings, one where the winemakers hang out, and so many more. Local groups exist, too, so you might even find fellow winos right in your own backyard.
  • Angels get a bonus bottle! Each time you put 11 bottles in a case, you’ll find a complimentary bottle in the box, too. You can opt in or out depending on whether or not you like what’s being offered (but it’s free wine, so… why would you say no?)
  • Everyone gets free shipping on orders over $100!

The Vouchers

You may be here because you received a Nakedwines.com voucher for $100 off 12 bottles or $50 off 6 bottles. Great news! That offer is always available and if you like this review, you’ll get the same deal by clicking our links, no codes to enter at checkout.

Before you sign up using a voucher, which we explain shortly, it's important to know that you can join Nakedwines.com without taking advantage of this introductory offer. Why would you? Well, there's only one reason we can think of. If you want to choose the wines you'll receive in the first shipment, you should opt to bypass the deal and just join the club. There is an approximately one-month waitlist to join. You will be asked for your phone number, address, and credit card to be placed on the waitlist. You will not be charged until you have cleared the waitlist and are an Angel.

Now, about these voucher deals… Some wine clubs have been labeled as scams (even though 99% of them are not) because people purchase wine deals that sound too good to be true, not understanding they’re enrolling in an ongoing wine subscription by making the purchase.

Nakedwines.com vouchers absolutely enroll you as an Angel, committing you to $40 a month contributions until you cancel. What’s really different from other introductory wine offers is worth noting:

  1. If you cancel before spending any of the money on more wine you get 100% of your money back.
  2. The wine you’ll get at a steep discount with your voucher code is wine they think will convince you to stick around. Even if you don’t like some of it, you can add your ratings to their site and pick stuff you do like next time.

$50 off Voucher Deal for 6-bottle cases from Nakedwines.com

Mixed Wine Case Red Wine Case White Wine Case
You Pay $49.99 $49.99 $49.99
Full Price $165.99 $154.99 $124.99
Angel Discount $76 (45%) $65 (42%) $35 (28%)
Voucher Discount $50 $50 $50
You Save $126 $115 $85

$100 off Voucher Deal for 12-bottle cases from Nakedwines.com

Mixed Wine Case Red Wine Case White Wine Case
You Pay $89.99 $89.99 $89.99
Full Price $238.99 $276.99 $252.99
Angel Discount $49 (20%) $87 (31%) $63 (25%)
Voucher Discount $100 $100 $100
You Save $149 $187 $163

Who Should Join the Nakedwines.com Wine Club?

We think the Nakedwines.com program is a great fit for almost all wine drinkers. It’s so unusual we get to say that about a wine club! Here are the reasons why:

  • You pick your own wine, and they offer a money back guarantee on everything
  • They deliver great value at a variety of prices, so when you want everyday wine you can get it and when you want date-night wine, you can get that, too
  • They have so many wines to choose from, so you can make it any kind of wine club you want it to be
  • It’s a great way to explore new wine regions, new grape varieties, and find a favorite winemaker
  • Even though Nakedwines.com is a big company (which translates to benefits for you), you’re still supporting independent winemakers at every stage of their development from first-timers to well-known wine stars.

Nakedwines.com Gifts

At this time we do not recommend Nakedwines.com for gifts.

Jessyca Frederick
Nakedwines.com

Things to know

Shipping cost: Free shipping is included
Offers: 2
Best Deal: $49.99 for 6 Bottles of Wine
Exclusive Deal: No
  • Angels make $40 monthly contributions, buy whenever you want
  • Shipping is free on orders over $100

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