We really enjoy this International wine club where each shipment contains six different wines from a single wine region somewhere in the world. Of the many clubs that offer an International selection, most aren't themed for additional wine discovery and education.
We received shipments of this wine club for years because it always kept a good variety of food-friendly and affordable wines on hand, we never opened a bottle we were disappointed with, and we feel this club offers a good quality-to-price ratio.
We'd love to see customers rewarded for buying bigger allotments. "Buy more save more" pricing would be a great addition to the line-up. We'd also really like to see the shipping costs come down dramatically.
For You Join today and save $120 on your first shipment (six wines are only $9.75 each) PLUS get two bonus bottles of a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($50 value). Click for This Deal.
Vinesse offers a lot of wine club options, ensuring you'll always get something you'll like (if you have realistic expectations). We are big fans of The World of Wine club because we enjoy almost every bottle. It's a fun trip around the wine world, focused on a new region each shipment.
Our favorite shipment so far was the Mediterranean shipment, featuring wines from lesser-known regions of France, Italy, and Greece! We've also enjoyed our South American shipments, and our Australia/New Zealand shipments.
For The World of Wine, Vinesse seeks out high-quality wines from around the world, that they can buy for unbelievable prices. Go globe-trotting right in your own home with selections from Australia, South Africa, Italy, Spain, France... and even a few surprises!
Unlike some wine clubs out there, you get a lot of perks for joining the World of Wine Club. In your first shipment you’ll get a great little Wine Exploration guide which includes how to identify flavors in your wine, wine and food pairing suggestions by varietal, and even how to host a wine tasting party in your own home.
The World of Wine also has a great introductory offer going. Get your first shipment of six bottles for just $58.49. Plus, if you order through WineClubReviews.net (this site), you'll get an exclusive bonus: two free bottles of Pinot Noir from California's famed Russian River Valley (our favorite Pinot AVA).
Important Note: This limited-time Special Collection is Vinesse's way of introducing you to The World of Wine Club. If you don't cancel, you are automatically enrolled in their wine club and approximately seven times per year, you'll receive another regional sample of 6 wines conveniently delivered to your door. Each wine is priced at $15-$20 per bottle plus delivery charges and taxes where applicable (6 bottle shipping cost is $25).
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 The World of Wine Club stacks up on these traits.
Not every wine club from Vinesse sends you quality wine, but we have enjoyed almost every bottle of wine sent to us via The World of Wine Club. We've received so much World of Wine over the years we can't count it all, but looking at the piles of tasting notes that have accumulated, we'd guess it's around 14 cases in total (that's 168 bottles) since 2012.
There is a pattern to the assortment of wines we get in each shipment, each focusing around a wine region. Shipments have been devoted to Argentina, Chile, France, Spain, Italy, a broader Mediterranean assortment, Australia, and New Zealand.
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?
For most of Vinesse's wine clubs, you'll find an available introductory offer. This is a method that has passed the consumer approval test for many wine clubs and Vinesse smartly makes attractive offers available to introduce you to their wine clubs.
In addition to getting a World of Wine shipment at half-off, you'll also get two free bottles of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir when you sign up through our site.
Another great perk from Vinesse is incredible opportunities to buy more wine. In addition to being able to reorder wines from your wine club shipment (when they’re available), you’ll also be offered exclusive deep discounts on other wines. You can sample your way through International wines, the Pacific Northwest, Merlots from around the world, and many more choices. For an even deeper discount, you can enroll in their Grab Bag program where you’ll get a mystery case of wine. Sounds scary? It shouldn’t! The same great wines The World of Wine Club sends to its customers end up in these mystery cases when there’s extra inventory on hand.
Let's face it, Vinesse has a pretty horrible customer service reputation. MOST of it stems from people who joined only to get airline miles or hotel-chain points and didn't consider the "commitment" they were making. Another chunk of it is related to people who were enticed by the introductory offers but didn't consider whether the wine club selections were really appropriate for them. And the last segment is people who signed up for The American Cellars Wine Club by Vinesse and were disappointed with the quality of the wine. We agree with those folks and don't rate the ACWC highly, but that shouldn't color your opinion of The World of Wine Club which we do rate highly.
Have you read complaints about Vinesse online? Please read this Vinesse Review before you decide for yourself.
Note: This rating is our objective analysis of Vinesse’s satisfaction guarantee—not our assessment of whether or not you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with their wines.
Vinesse has an incredibly strong satisfaction guarantee. We know first hand that if you call in about a wine you didn't like, you'll get something else in exchange, no questions asked.
No commitment, cancel anytime.
You must be completely satisfied with each and every bottle of wine you receive. If not, simply tell us and we'll send you a replacement or a full refund, as you wish.
Again, Vinesse's wine clubs don't all offer great value, but The World of Wine delivers great value and at a great price. One reason for this is that they're choosing regions where there is great value for the wholesale cost of wine so they can keep their prices lower. Another reason is that their International wine buyer has different marching orders and standards than their domestic buyer. This translates into good everyday wine at a very fair price.
This is one area where Vinesse has a black box. They don't discuss their curation process, but we do know that when a big shipment of wine comes in for evaluation, the Vinesse staff gathers round and tastes through it. The most popular bottle disappear quickly and probably get put into shipments. When it comes to The World of Wine, while we don't know their curation process, we enjoy their curation style thoroughly. They're slowly teaching us how to navigate the different "lesser" wine regions of major wine-producing countries like France, Italy, and Chile.
Vinesse 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 Vinesse, it still does. Some additional personalizations include upgrading to more bottles per shipment and several options for how often you receive shipments.
The Vinesse World of Wine Club is not especially unique—there are other clubs featuring International wine and even one that is very similar in concept to The World of Wine but offers a much higher quality wine (Le Metro). It is unique to get a highly-curated, region-focused wine club for $20 a bottle and we think that's terrific.
Vinesse is light on the printed materials and wine education. Each box comes with an introductory letter explaining the theme of the shipment, a note about the wines to be included in the next shipment, and often a recipe chosen to go with the food-friendly wines presented. Each wine has a tasting sheet with some high-level information about the region or grape or winemaker (but rarely all three) and a "vital statistics" section. Our favorite feature of this section is the "When to Drink" date—this important detail is usually left out of wine tasting notes from every source.
Vinesse doesn't offer gift packaging but they do offer pre-paid subscriptions (you'll find this part during checkout) and you can add a gift message to your order. Better wine clubs for gifts are out there though, so we typically suggest you keep looking. You want an optional customizable and printable gift message for in-person gifts, to be able to set the date (roughly) of the first shipment, and something gifty in the first box to make it extra special.
|Best Deal:||Save $120 + bonus bottles|
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.
The World of Wine Club