It's easy to get attached to the king of grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, but there are so many interesting alternatives that there's no reason to limit yourself. This club features one Cab and one similarly-styled red wine each month. Expect high quality selections that surprise you, and enjoy the discovery adventure of a doppelganger.
Plonk took their winning model for finding and delivering interesting wines at exceptional value, and then figured out how to make it even better with a mix of familiar and adventure in every box.
We'd love to see a buy-more-save-more option and even a 4-bottle version for customers who just can't get enough of their killer curation.
There are a small handful of wine clubs out there designed for adventurous wine drinkers who want to expand their palates, and are willing to take a leap to try things they'd never otherwise get to try. Plonk is one of these wine clubs.
This new series of grape variety clubs is designed to help you expand your thinking about your favorite varietals.
The Cabernet Sauvignon variety club features two wines each month. One is a stellar example of what you expect from a Cabernet. Big and bold, blackberry, spice... depends on where it's from of course. The second bottle is a different, lesser known varietal, that has Cabernet-like characteristics.
We've tasted all three of Plonk's new variety clubs— they're also offering a Pinot Noir and a Sauvignon Blanc version—and we're impressed with Etty's ability to live up to the ideals she set out to achieve with these clubs. It's like going to a restaurant and telling the sommelier about what you like, and then having them come back with a wine that you've never heard of but hits the mark perfectly. We're experienced wine drinkers around here, but each pair of wines was simultaneously like an old familiar haunt and an exciting new adventure.
If you're ready to spice up your Cabernet Sauvginon life, we strongly recommend this club.
Normally we're not big on "freemiums" as incentives to join wine clubs, as the freebie is almost always junk. This is NOT the case with the free Plonk Corkscrew! We own a number of different styles of corkscrew, including other "professional waiter's corkscrews," but the thing that really sets this one apart is the "double-jointed" support for opening on the bottle. Now every bottle gets opened without Herculean efforts (unless of course it's a solid rubber cork).
At WineClubReviews.net we take an objective approach to our star ratings system. Our written reviews are very much subjective, based on our 5+ years of wine club review experience and our own ideas about what good wine and good value mean. The star ratings are based on 11 attributes that we feel define what a wine club should be. Here is how Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Club stacks up on these traits.
While we don't receive as many shipments of Plonk wine as we do other clubs, we've certainly sampled enough over the last five years to know the consistency is terrific and the wines are clever selection of unusual and high-quality grapes and regions. We don't expect any variation from this with the new variety clubs, and our first shipments of each hold true to that.
Plonk's original wine clubs focus on excellent wines at affordable prices. These new variety clubs focus on exceptional wines that are fun to drink and learn about. The price may seem high, but you cannot get this experience on your own (the wines are not widely distributed).
The Plonk Wine Club is best known for its hands-on, highly personal, and very prompt customer service. Unlike other clubs, where you might get shifted to a call center in a far off country or an automated email queue, the owner of the Plonk Wine Club is always available—and loves to—to chat over the phone and exchange emails with members, like a personal wine concierge or sommelier.
Etty and her palate have been recognized and validated time and time again by wine critics and foodie mags around the country. She consistently picks winners and was recognized as one of Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 30 Under 30. We trust her curation 100%.
Note: This rating is our objective analysis of Plonk Wine Club's satisfaction guarantee—not our assessment of whether or not you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with their wines.
Plonk Wine Club offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: They'll refund you for any wines you don't love. That said, we'd be genuinely surprised and concerned if you recive plonk from Plonk.
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?
Getting cool discounts isn't really what Plonk is about. The owner, Etty Lewensztain, focuses on getting you great wines and getting them to you at a really fair price. She has the lowest mark-up in the wine club market, giving you great value in every box, but...
Get a free professional corkscrew with the first shipment of any new subscription (it's double-hinged and teflon coated, which makes it our favorite corkscrew).
All members get a 10% discount on wines you love and reorder. Buy a case and also save 25% on your shipping costs.
Sometimes Plonk offers a bonus bottle in your first shipment, we hope you're reading this when they are!
Lastly, renewing members get a free bonus bottle in their first renewal shipment.
Plonk is a service-oriented company. If you need to hold your subscription for a vacation or want to cancel your membership you'll need to call and speak to someone during regular business hours. Basic online account management exists for tasks like changing your shipping address, updating your credit card, and extending your membership (you'll get a bonus bottle for this).
This is not a personalized wine club and it's not designed to be. It's designed to be an experiment, so if you like things "just so," you may want to pick a wine club more tailored to your personal preferences.
The Plonk Wine Club is unique in its unusual, high-quality wine selections and its devotion to foodies. The variety clubs are mostly unique in their level of clever adventure. Beyond those criteria, Plonk is like most other wine clubs offering regular deliveries of wine. Since Etty is all about attentive service, you'll always feel like her only customer—which is definitely unique among wine clubs.
Plonk's wine education program happens mostly online. This is common among the newer wine clubs as it saves money on printing costs, thereby passing more value onto you, the customer. The online education is terrific as you get handcrafted, succinct tasting notes packed with valuable info and, oh yeah, the wines themselves are an educational experience!
If you know an adventurous wine lover, buy them a subscription to the Plonk wine club and we promise you'll feel like the gifiting champ of the year!
Giving this as a corporate gift? Plonk also offers a unique corporate gifting program called Corporate Corks where you can put whatever you want in the box with your business gifts.