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.
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.
Normally we'd ask for a deal for this club, but it's already priced as low as it can go, so it's perfect as is!
There is much to love about The California Wine Club, not the least of which is their devotion to California's Mom & Pop wineries, where some of the best value and most interesting wines in America come from. This helps the wine club find great quality wines to ship to their equally-devoted monthly members.
Please note: We have not specifically received a shipment of the Case Club. It is primarily based on the wines in the Premier Series so much of this review is based on our review of the Premier Wine Club because these are usually the wines inclcuded in the Case Club (sometimes you get a Pacific Northwest Series Wine Club or International Selections Wine Club wine in the mix — fun stuff!).
We are very excited about the new Case Club (12 bottles, 2 each of 6 different wines) from The California Wine Club for just a little more than $14 per bottle, shipped (plus sales tax where applicable and possibly slightly higher shipping costs in some states).
Let me explain it this way...
At WineClubReviews.net we take an objective approach to our star ratings system. Our written reviews are very much subjective, based on our 10+ 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 Case Club stacks up on these traits.
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?
While The California Wine CLub does a great job of offering discounts of all kinds to members, particularly on their Premier Series club, the price on the wine in the Case Club is so low, they can't offer you any more. Think of it this way... if you took advantage of all of the best deals they offer on the Premier Series, you could get your per bottle price down to $20 each on 12 bottles... At $14.42 per bottle, the new Case Club is a fantastic deal that doesn't need any other discounts.
But just in case you're not satisfied, members-only special deals come up all the time. Whether it's presale opportunities or extra discounts in their wine shop, you'll be glad you participate.
Note: This rating is our objective analysis of The California Wine Club's satisfaction guarantee—not our assessment of whether or not you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with their wines.
The California 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 a poor selection from The California Wine Club.
What if I don't like the wine?
Although wine tastes vary from person to person, our wines are guaranteed. If you get a bad bottle, we will immediately reship a replacement or refund your money!
When it comes to wine quality, things get a little subjective. As a general rule, we find the wines from The California Wine Club to be of excellent quality. When evaluating wine quality in the Case Club at the $14 price-point, the quality is incomparable — you will not get even similar quality wine from WSJwine, TastingRoom.com, or Winc (all of which are clubs we rate highly).
Maybe their prices are a little steep if you're paying full-freight, but the price on these Case Club wines can't be beat.
In six years of working with The California Wine Club we have never had a single customer complaint. That's amazing to us. Our usual Internet sleuthing failed to turn up any customer complaints. Kudos to them!
The California Wine Club sends out the prettiest assortment of wine info (called Uncorked) with each shipment of The Premier Series. It contains tasting notes about each wine, the wineries they come from, the winemakers, and the wine region. They also go all-in on food pairing recipes and members-only deals like $1 shipping on case reorders.
The California Wine 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 handle reorders yourself online, as well as see a record of the wines you've received and when you received them.
A personalized wine club used to mean you picked the color of your wine and how often you received your two-bottle selection. For The California Wine Club, it still does, but you can sometimes make customizations to your account, just ask your Personal Wine Consultant!
The California Wine Club is not especially unique—we're also big fans of The Gold Medal Wine Club which operates under a very similar model. What is unique to The California Wine Club is the breadth of wineries and wines they sell, along with their extensive inserts for each shipment.
Until recently, curation at The California Wine Club was always handled by its owners, Bruce and Pam Boring. While management of the company has shifted, Bruce and Pam still have a hand in selecting the wines each month. They're not qualified "wine experts" (neither are we for that matter), but they have more than 25 years experience tasting wines that impress their customers, which stands for a lot. We've seen wine clubs come and go and happy customers is the only way you stay in business this long.
The Case Club is not available as a pre-paid gift subscription.
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At WineClubReviews.net we take an objective approach to our star ratings system. Our written reviews are very much subjective, based on our 10+ 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 Firstleaf Wine Club stacks up on these traits.