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Vinesse Review and Gift Review - WineClubReviews.net

Hi! At Wine Club Reviews we review different companies that sell wine club memberships and wine gifts.

This page is a review of Vinesse.

Vinesse offers 10 different wine clubs, (see photos and details below). These wine clubs are:

American Cellars Wine Club (ACWC)

From: $59.00 per shipment
It's been a while since we've received a shipment of this wine club, and at last check we were thoroughly disappointed. We've received several other shipments from Vinesse lately and were pleasantly surprised with how far the quality has come since they brought in a new wine buyer. It might be time to give American Cellars Wine Club another try, but at this time we don't recommend it.

Deals & Coupon Codes

For joining the American Cellars Wine Club today, you'll receive a 6-piece insulated wine tote include with your third wine club shipment as a token of our appreciation—a $37.95 value.

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Elevant Society Wine Club

From: $81.00 per shipment
This is the premium-level wine club from Vinesse. Over the years we've seen the quality-to-price ratio go from incredible to disappointing and everywhere in between. If you want a wine of the month club that delivers better quality wines that you can't easily find, but want the protection of a rock-solid satisfaction guarantee, this is a good choice.

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California Treasures Wine Club

From: $84.00 per shipment
It's been a while since we tried the California wine club from Vinesse, and at last check it left us disappointed. We've received a number of their other wine club's shipments recently and were quite impressed with how far the quality has come since they hired a new wine buyer. It's probably time for us to try the California Treasures club again, but in the mean time, we don't recommend it.

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Light & Sweet Wine Club

From: $115.00 per shipment
One of our favorite wine of the month clubs from Vinesse, this Light & Sweet club is the perfect choice for so many wine drinkers in America who prefer fruity and sweeter wines to drier styles. If you are someone, or know someone, who loves wines like Moscato, Riesling and Gewurtraminer, sign up for this wine club because it's the only one like it out there in the wine club universe.

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Four Seasons Wine Club

From: $109.00 per shipment
While it's a misnomer to call this a Four Seasons wine club (because you actually get a fifth shipment just in time for the holidays, to bring to parties or to serve at your own), it's still a great value wine club. Designed to compete with other big name quarterly case clubs, the Vinesse Four/Five Seasons club is also tailored to the season, so you get lighter wines in the summer and heavier wines to help get you through the long winter.

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The World of Wine Club

From: $71.00 per shipment
One of our favorite International wine clubs and one of our favorite Vinesse wine clubs, too. Each shipment contains six wines which introduce you to a new wine region — there are many clubs that do this, but not with six bottles and helpful tasting notes that tell you when it's time to drink your adventures in a bottle. A really fun wine club!

Deals & Coupon Codes

Save $120 on your first shipment (six wines are only $9.75 each) and get two bonus bottles of a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($50 value).

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Sparkling Wine Club

From: $99.00 per shipment
If you're a Champagne purist, this Champagne club isn't for you, but if you love bubbly wines and want to experience what's available from all parts of the world, this is a great sparkling wine club for you! We love that each shipment contains a budget-friendly selection like Prosecco, a mid-range selection like a California sparkling wine, and a true Champagne for a special occasion.

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Pinot Noir Wine Club

From: $69.00 per shipment
We've gone back and forth on Vinesse over the years, but we recently received several shipments from them, including the Pinot Noir club, and they've really stepped up their game. If you're interested in more than just California Pinot Noir and you don't want to spend a ton of money on it, we really recommend this Pinot Noir wine club. Plus, you get Vinesse's rock solid satisfaction guarantee for every bottle, taking all of the risk out of joining a wine club.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Club

From: $61.50 per shipment
We've gone back and forth on Vinesse over the years, but we recently received several shipments from them, including the Cabernet Sauvignon club, and they've really stepped up their game. If you're interested in more than just California Cabernet and you don't want to spend a ton of money on it, we really recommend this Cabernet Sauvignon wine club. Plus, you get Vinesse's rock solid satisfaction guarantee for every bottle, taking all of the risk out of joining a wine club.

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Chardonnay Wine Club

From: $61.50 per shipment
We've gone back and forth on Vinesse over the years, but we recently received several shipments from them, and they've really stepped up their game. If you're interested in more than just California Chardonnay and you don't want to spend a ton of money on it, we really recommend this Chardonnay wine club. Plus, you get Vinesse's rock solid satisfaction guarantee for every bottle, taking all of the risk out of joining a wine club.

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Last Updated: 5/28/2013

Why we recommend Vinesse Wine Clubs

Note: A good portion of the Vinesse wine club customer base signs up for the wine club, specifically the American Cellars Wine Club, because they are offered bonus airline or hotel miles by joining the wine club. If this is you and you’re checking out the wine club before you sign... good for you for doing due diligence before you sign up for something!

For everyone else reading this review these “miles members” frequently join this club just for bonus miles and haven’t given much thought to what a wine club is or what they should expect from it. We understand that these customers might feel taken advantage of, but we hardly blame that on Vinesse, we feel much of that responsibility belongs the airlines and hotels. They partner with Vinesse in order to create a new profit center for themselves, and they do this by leveraging their existing customer relationships.

If you’ve been reading Rip-Off Report and came to WineClubReviews to learn more about Vinesse wine clubs, here is a less exhuberantly irritated point of view regarding some of the complaints...

  1. Consumers complained about the quality of the wine.
    Quite honestly, we’re baffled by this. At least we were. After months of tasting shipments from the American Cellars Wine Club shipments, we can safely say the quality is probably not what any experienced wine drinker would want. Sadly, this reputation sometimes gets applied to all of the Vinesse wine clubs, but happily, many of their wine clubs are excellent (see below).

    We know wine taste is subjective and don’t expect to like all of the wine we drink. Likewise we don’t expect you to like all of the wine you receive from any wine club out there. This subjectivity is why our wine club ratings focus on quality and value instead of taste.
  2. Consumers complained about ongoing charges/shipments and didn’t know they were coming.
    This one is really hard for us to swallow (seriously). How do you sign up for a wine club and not know you’re going to get charged for future wine shipments that will be delivered to you? Enough said.
  3. Consumers who complained about irregular shipment schedules
    Well, now here’s an interesting topic. While a few Vinesse customers have been vocal about this issue, it’s actually a logistics problem common to most wine clubs.

    Here is an explanation of how you might reasonably get charged for your second shipment within a day or two of receiving your first shipment and before you have a chance to back out of that second shipment (common mostly to people who just want their airline miles and then get out of the program).

    Most wine clubs ship out their regular wine club shipments on a particular day of the month. If you sign up say 14 days or less before ship date, you get the next “regular” shipment and everything turns out well. If you sign up more than say 14 days before that ship date, you’ll get an initial shipment, and then get added into the “regular” shipment schedule.

    Assume the first shipment goes out within 2 days of placing the order. Now, let’s say you live somewhere where state regulatory issues require a holding period of 7-10 days before you can receive the wine. There’s only 2 days left until the next shipment is scheduled to go out, so you’ve probably already been charged... it’s not a scam, it’s just an unfortunate logistical situation. Not surprisingly, this timing problem is a big deal to Vinesse and they are actively working to reduce these types of issues.
    Vinesse is doing all they can to address this problem. The information that goes out in the confirmation email after you sign up for the club contains detailed information about your shipping schedule and when your credit card will be charged.
  4. Consumers who complained about the mysterious annual fee and subsequent handling of refunds
    Before you read the rest of this answer, please note that NONE of the wine clubs you purchase from Vinesse through WineClubReviews.net carry an annual fee.

    Alright, we acknowledge this situation is a little sketchy, but we don’t think it qualifies as a scam, as some past customers have declared. We don’t fully blame Vinesse for the problem, but they definitely could be more aggressive in finding a better way to handle it. This is a combination of regulatory issues, technical issues, and customers not reading the Terms & Conditions. Vinesse can’t do anything about the first and third reasons, but they are falling short in handling the second one.

    Regulatory issues - Vinesse is very rigid about their compliance with California state regulations (for good reason). The California ABC commission prohibits retailers with an alcohol license form giving away free items with the purchase of alcohol. Many years ago, in order to do an end-run around this, they decided to charge an annual fee and then provide a voucher for an equal amount of money that you could spend on wine. Seems like a fair way to treat customers and not be in violation of the free item rule.

    Technical issues - This is where Vinesse dropped the ball and still hasn’t quite picked it up (but they are thinking about it). You can’t use the voucher to pay for your wine club membership online, you’d have to call customer service. You can use your voucher to pay for additional wine you buy at their online store or via customer service. A little weak in this day and age, we agree... but you CAN redeem the voucher, thereby nullifying your annual fee and allowing you to receive free goods from Vinesse.

    Customer issues - We HIGHLY encourage anyone signing up for any type of continuity program (whether it’s a health club membership, a wine club subscription, or a magazine subscription) to read the fine print. It’s there for your protection and it’s a good idea. If these customers had read the Terms & Conditions when they enrolled, they would have seen the annual fee and could have elected not to subscribe. Additionally, a printed letter was mailed to each subscriber (with the voucher in it) explaining the need for the annual fee and the voucher... so the moral of this story is please, read your mail when it’s from someone who you have a financial relationship with!

And by now (if you’re still reading) you’re probably thinking, “Well you don’t work for Vinesse, but they probably pay you to say correct these complaints.” And you’d be right, BUT:

  1. We get paid by a lot of wine clubs and don’t have to say nice things about them (they don’t pay us to say nice things, they pay us to deliver new customers).
  2. We don’t have to include wine clubs on our site just because they’re willing to pay us. We have existing financial relationships with a couple of wine clubs that we just don’t think it’s worth talking about. COULD we get paid if we list them on the site? Maybe...
  3. It’s not what motivates us here at WineClubReviews... our goal is to help connect wine drinkers with the right wine club for themselves or to give as a gift... not just our favorite wine clubs or the ones that pay us the most because that’s slimy and/or self-serving (we do tend to favor wine clubs where a high percentage of visitors we refer make a purchase because that seems to mean the wine club was the right wine club for those visitors).
Jessyca Frederick

Vinesse Ships Wine to:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Dist of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Wine Club Shipments We've Received

A sample shipment from our American Cellars Wine Club (ACWC) ReviewA sample shipment from our Light & Sweet Wine Club ReviewA sample shipment from our The World of Wine Club ReviewA sample shipment from our The World of Wine Club ReviewA sample shipment from our The World of Wine Club Review