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  1. Gold Medal Wine
  2. California Wine Club
  3. Int'l Wine Club
  4. Amazing Clubs
  5. Wine
  6. Plonk Wine Club
  7. Laithwaites
  8. Clubs of America
  9. Uncorked Ventures
  10. Virgin Wine Club
  11. WSJ Wine Club
  12. NYC Wine Club

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Best Wine Clubs

Whether you're shopping for yourself or a friend, wine club memberships provide numerous benefits for a number of reasons. They offer the opportunity to try a variety of wines from across the globe, try wines not available in most stores, and learn about wineries and specific wine nuances.

Some of the information that you typically receive with your wine deliveries includes the origin, ingredients and history of each winery - a sure point to impress your friends. Another reason to enjoy a wine club is the element of surprise. Although you can dictate the color, style or region you prefer, the actual wine and winery make or model will always be a pleasant revelation.

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2017

Wine Club Reviews

5 stars
Cellars Wine Club

CELLARS WINE CLUBTopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Cellars Wine Club provides outstanding new and hard to find wines throughout the world. This is a very flexible wine club membership with choices that can meet all of your needs. You can choose to send from as little as 1 bottle or up to a case of wine with each delivery, as well as white wines, red wines, or a mix to meet your gift recipient's tastes and likes. If you're looking for delicious, highly-rated wines, Cellars Wine Club is our top choice. Read More... Visit
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5 stars
Gold Medal Wine Club

GOLD MEDAL WINE CLUB

Gold Medal Wine Club has been in the wine business since 1992. Gold Medal provides member's access to five different exciting wine clubs with selections chosen from top medal winners and experts. With your membership at Gold Medal you'll enjoy great quality and well recognized selections.
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4.5 stars
The California Wine Club

THE CALIFORNIA WINE CLUB

The California Wine Club offers a variety of clubs that provide outstanding new and hard to find wines from California and all over the world. You can enjoy the option of choosing 2 reds, 2 whites, or a mix to meet your gift recipient's tastes and likes. This club provides wonderful wine, at a fair price, along with quality information to help educate all wine enthusiasts.
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4.5 stars
International Wine Club

INTERNATIONAL WINE CLUB

The International Wine of the Month Club delivers estate bottled, limited production wine and each shipment will include 2 specially selected wines either 2 reds, 2 whites, or 1 of each from distinct boutique wineries in the best producing regions worldwide. You are able to choose from customizable club options and receive your wine at highly competitive prices. Those benefits, along with their experience and international reputation earn them a spot near the top of our rankings. Read More... Visit
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4 stars
Amazing Clubs

AMAZING CLUBS

Amazing Clubs is a leader in a variety of food and beverage membership clubs. Shoppers will find flexible options with their two bottle wine club memberships as well as affordable pricing. This company has a history of standing behind their products. Read More... Visit
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4 stars
Wine

WINE

Wine delivers gifts quickly. With four different wine clubs to choose from, they should have an option that fits most people's needs. Wine also offers convenient and affordable gift giving options.
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3.5 stars
Plonk Wine Club

PLONK WINE CLUB

Plonk Wine Club is a fairly standard 3, 6, 12 month online wine club that focuses on bringing expertly curated, small batch, and sustainably grown boutique wines to consumers at a lower cost. Plonk promises rare and unique wines that deliver great value and drink like far more expensive bottles. At Plonk Wine Club the focus is on eclectic wines made from lesser-known grapes from diverse regions around the world. Read More... Visit
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3.5 stars
Laithwaites Wine Club

LAITHWAITES WINE CLUB

Laithwaites Wine Club is a UK based company that provides members a case of wine each quarter. Tony Laithwaites, long term wine expert, chooses wines from California, Italy, Spain and beyond. We found this club lacks the options and customization that many wine club shoppers are looking for. The website was also not forthcoming of the quarterly pricing and may confuse shoppers.
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3.5 stars
Clubs Of America

CLUBS OF AMERICA

Clubs of America are the king of membership clubs. Along with wine, you can also purchase cigar clubs, beer clubs, coffee clubs, chocolate clubs, and more. While they may not be wine experts, they are reliable.
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2.5 stars
Uncorked Ventures

UNCORKED VENTURES

Uncorked Ventures Wine Club is a small and relatively new online wine club opened by West Coast native Mark Aselstine and his brother-in-law Matt in 2010. Inspired by French Wine enthusiast Kermit Lynch, who brought lesser known regional wines from France to America, Mark and Matt started Uncorked Ventures to do the same for wines from the West Coast.
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2.5 stars
Virgin Wine Club

VIRGIN WINE CLUB

In the US the Virgin name means records and mobile phones. We felt many customers wouldn't see the significance of Virgin Wines and quality, great tasting bottles of delicious wines. The website lacked forthcoming information on how the wine is selected and quarterly pricing. Many wine club members will prefer a wine club with greater flexibility and club options.
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2.5 stars
WSJ Wine Club

WSJ WINE CLUB

We realize that millions of people trust and love the Wall Street Journal but we aren't sure know how that transfers to great tasting wine. The presence of Tony Laithwaite wine expertise helps but the low overall cost of these wines was a bit concerning. We would have also liked to see more wine club options such as smaller quantities, more regular deliveries and region specific offerings. Read More... Visit
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2 stars
NYC Wine Club

NYC WINE CLUB

If you live in Manhattan, New York NYC Wine Club may be a convenient option for you - for the rest of us maybe not. Anticipate an awkward billing process and some risk if you don't like what you've already paid for in full.
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One reason wine club memberships have become so popular is they are truly a gift that keeps on giving. For wine lovers, especially those hard to buy for, you can't go wrong with giving a wine club membership. Thankfully, wine clubs come in a variety of durations and frequencies to meet your budget needs.

However, not all wine clubs are alike and it's important to understand the policies before you sign up. Featured aspects of a wine club membership you should be aware of include:

  • Wine Origination. Where is the wine produced? If you prefer California wines but the club only offers international wines, that club won't be the best fit.
  • Duration. What is the wine club membership length? Can it vary to suit your needs?
  • Cost. What can you expect to pay for the wine club membership?
  • Frequency. How frequently will the wine arrive and can you select monthly, every other month, or quarterly as needed?
  • Wine Choices. If you love white wine and the club only sends reds you aren't going to be happy. Make sure you understand what wines can and will be sent.
  • Membership Minimums. Are you required to stay in the wine club for a period of time, or can you cancel at your discretion?
  • Shipping Charges. Shipping costs can be significant. Knowing what additional charges may exist are important.

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Wine Clubs available today. We hope this information helps you fine the best wine club membership to meet your needs!

How Wine Clubs Work

Wine clubs are great ways to learn about wines as well as discover your favorite new flavors. If you have years of wine experience under your belt or are brand new to wine tasting, wine clubs create an efficient way to discover and learn more about wine. From the convenience of your home you'll enjoy receiving your regular deliveries to taste and enjoy month after month.

If you've never purchased a wine club membership the idea is a little foreign to most. Each wine club is different but here's how the majority work.

Regular Deliveries
Depending on what you sign-up for, and the options available at your wine club, you can anticipate one to two bottles (or more) of wines delivered direct to your door on a regular basis. Many wine clubs offer a lot of flexibility in the number of deliveries you can choose from. Again, depending on the where you establish your wine club membership, you may select monthly, every other month, quarterly, or semiannual wine deliveries. The more frequent your wine deliveries the higher the cost.

Wine Flavors
If you prefer white or red wine you'll want to read closely the options available at the club you ultimately select. Most companies don't give you a choice of what wines you'll receive each order but some allow you to choose what color. We liked the wine clubs that offer a bottle of each every delivery but for those that only drink red wine or white wine you'll be more limited in the options available. Be sure and look closely and find a club that best suits your needs.

Wineries
One of the benefits of discovering new wines, through a wine club, is trying a number of different flavors from wines manufactured in locations you wouldn't typically try. If you're very flexible about what region of the world your wine originates from then any wine club will probably due. For those that prefer international wines or wines only made in California there are also plenty of clubs to choose from that will specifically meet your needs - you just may have to look a little harder.

Repurchase
If you really like a wine that shows up at your doorstep and want more, many wine clubs have the flexibility to allow for you to buy additional bottles, outside of your membership deliveries, often at a discounted price. This is a popular reason why wine enthusiasts get into wine clubs - to discover new wines they love and have the option of buying more to share with their friends.

 

Daily Wine News: New Wine Clubs

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Published:  Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:02:00 GMT



Wine clubs grow in popularity in Maryland

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Published:  Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:27:00 GMT



The new generation of wine clubs for the Bay Area

Foot of the Bed Cellars' Martin Sheehan-Stross pours a glass of pinot blanc during wine club pick up party in San Francisco. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Foot of the Bed Cellars' Luc Bergevin pours Pinot Noir at the wine club's release party ...

Published:  Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:08:00 GMT



The Cliffs Renews Partnership with LPGA Brand Ambassador Austin Ernst

wine clubs, an organic farm, and a number of year-round social activities that suit all ages and interests. For more information on The Cliffs, please visit http://www.CliffsLiving.com or call 866-411-5771. About The Cliffs: The Cliffs is a collection of ...

Published:  Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:43:00 GMT



Wine Retailer Association Augments Member Benefits With Shipping Discounts

National Association of Wine Retailers Will Now Provide its Members With Significant Discounts on Shipping Rates and Service- With the rise in consumer interest in the unique wines only sold by wine retailers, wine auction houses and wine clubs ...

Published:  Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:11:00 GMT



The Best Wine Clubs

The best wine club depends on one's personal relationship with wine itself. Beginners need reliably tasty wines that let them learn more from every pour, while adventurous drinkers expect to be led by the hand to new and unexpected discoveries.

Published:  Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:00 GMT



Blind Tastings

For the start-up wine clubs, I just say start by enjoying and appreciating the wine rather than complicating matters. If you're truly just starting, you won't have a sufficient reference base to rely on. When handed a glass, I usually joke a bit by ...

Published:  Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:04:00 GMT



A Guide To Joining The Best Wine Clubs

Indeed, many wine clubs offer palate profiles to tease out your preferred ... Readers praise this club for the great values they receive. Forbes Wine Club--FYI, I have no affiliation with this club as an independent contributor. Before starting you ...

Published:  Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:24:56 GMT



WINE IS FINE

There's a reason that wine bars, tasting rooms and wine clubs are everywhere. Americans really like their vino. In fact, a recent survey found that 80% of Americans of drinking age like wine. Of the wine-lovers, 20% preferred red, 18% chose white ...

Published:  Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:04:00 GMT



Wine clubs offer convenience, value but may not be for everyone

NEW YORK Wine clubs that advertise in the Sunday Times of London, The New York Times and other publications offer convenience and choice for consumers, especially those who are pressed for time or who live far from big cities. But experts said the clubs ...

Published:  Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:00:00 GMT



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