- Posted by The CorkGuru
There’s no better time to truly appreciate wine than when the holiday season is in full swing, and a wine of the month club may be your most practical option. Wine of the month clubs not only provide a great value and convenience, but also give local “mom and pop” wineries that can’t afford an extensive marketing or distribution budget the opportunity to expand their reach.
We set out to Google and these were the tops results. So ensure a constant and swift supply throughout the year with these wine of the month clubs, which also make perfect gifts for the oenophiles in your life this holiday season. Just make sure whoever you’re gifting these to can receive wine shipments in their state of residence and will be available to sign for them (must be 21+) upon delivery.
Quick to claim the “Wine of the Month Club” name, this club proclaims that they’ve had adventures in wine since 1972. There’s several options available for differing taste levels, including a California option for those who prefer their spirits to be “local.” The second-generation owner claims to personally taste over 400 wines each month to pick the best of the best for each selection.
Price per shipment: $21.95 and up
Series options: 5
Bottles per month: 2 or 6
Frequency: Monthly, every other month, or every third month
Free shipping: No
Amazing Clubs: Yep, they’ve got a club for everything
The appropriately named Amazing Clubs only has one option when it comes to a wine club, but it’s been independently (by whom, we don’t know) rated #1. According to them, they ship the highest quality wines from boutiques around the world, priding themselves in discovering family-owned vintages before any of their competitors. But Amazing Clubs is truly amazing for the variety of gift-of-the-month clubs they offer– breakfast, dog treat, or necktie club, anyone?
Price per shipment: $32.95 and up
Series options: 1
Bottles per month: 2
Frequency: Monthly, every other month, or quarterly; In 3, 6, or 12 month durations
Free shipping: Yes
Gold Medal Wine Club: Wine Club Reviews’ Top Overall Choice
If you’re looking for an amazingly in-depth wine club review site, you can do no better than Wine Club Reviews— and the Gold Medal Wine Club’s Gold Series is their overall top pick. The wine club has six different options for their monthly club, with the most popular Gold Series offering the best of California’s small family-owned wineries with hard-to-find and award-winning bottles.
Price per shipment: $37 and up
Series options: 6
Bottles per month: 2 or 4
Frequency: Monthly, every other month, or quarterly; In 1-12 month durations
Free shipping: No
Lot 18 Tasting Room: The World’s First Personalized Wine Experience
The Tasting Room aims to take a lot of the guess work out of the wine club experience. They’ll send you a six mini-bottles of wine to sample and review, craft a wine profile based on your palate, and ship you six full-sized bottles based on your preferences. This subscription is a heavy hitter– after that first shipment, you’ll get 12 full-sized bottles every 3 months, which you can review to keep tweaking your taste profile.
Price per shipment: First payment is $59.99 + initial $9.95 starter kit; $149.99 each after
Series options: N/A
Bottles per month: 6 with first shipment; 12 each after
Free shipping: Only on first shipment
Club W: Create Your Palate Profile
Club W doesn’t automate their wine club each month but the process is so simple and user-friendly, it’s a breeze to do. The experience starts with you filling out a taste preference profile on non-wine foods and drinks– how do you like your coffee? Fond of salty flavors? How about citrus? Based on your answers, they’ll give you their top suggestions, along with some other potential substitutes. Once you pick at least three, they’ll be shipped to you, and each following month, they’ll send you recommendations for your next purchase.
Price per shipment: $36 and up
Series options: N/A
Bottles per month: 3
Frequency: On demand
Free shipping: Only on orders of 6 bottles or more