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The 8 Best Wine Clubs of 2020

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Wine lovers no longer need to travel to Napa Valley, California or Bordeaux, France to taste a premium vintage. No more wandering through the liquor store, either, unsure of which wine to buy and what to pair it with.

Whether it’s a romantic, Cabernet Sauvignon for date night, a budget-friendly Chardonnay, or something more unusual, like an orange or natural wine, subscribing to a wine club brings your favorite vino directly to your door each month. 

The 8 Best Wine Clubs of 2020

Best Overall: Williams Sonoma Wine Club

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

At Williams Sonoma Wine Club, chefs and sommeliers travel the globe to handpick exceptional vintages from top estate and boutique wineries. Choose the Explorer Wine Club for beverages from around the world, or go with the Entertainer Wine Club to receive six unique, age-worthy vino.

Member benefits include satisfaction guaranteed, perfectly-paired Williams Sonoma recipes and tasting notes, plus a discount on all wine store purchases. 

The Explorer Wine Club delivers six bottles for around $90, plus shipping. It includes value-priced bottles from around the world, making it the ideal subscription for someone wanting a broader familiarity with varietals and regions. 

The Entertainer Wine Club costs approximately $180, plus shipping per six-bottle order. The options are complex and include food-friendly wines from a diverse range of countries, regions, and varietals. 

If you're looking for something more high-end, there's the Connoisseur Club for about $360 for six bottles or around $180 for three wines. These picks showcase the art of winemaking at its finest. Enjoy renowned varieties from classic regions and up-and-coming flavors, as well. It's an ideal subscription plan for cellaring and special occasions.

Best Budget: Wine Awake

Wine Awake

Wine Awake

Wine Awake, a monthly club from Elma Wine & Liquor offers vino at a value price.

Members receive a mix of well-known varietals and regions as well as lesser-known varietals from unique wineries around the world. The budget-conscious, wine-lover will receive bottles that cost around 20% less than retail and are often about 40% less than shelf prices.

The club delivers two carefully-selected wines from around the world. Their goal is to raise awareness and knowledge, while still providing great value. The selections are a mix of classic grapes and styles, as well as an introduction to lesser-known varietals, regions, and brands.

Choose from red, white, or both. Red wine costs about $25 per month and white is approximately $20. Or, opt for both red and white bottles for around $45 each month and receive four bottles.

Best for Entertaining: Martha Stewart Wine Club

Martha Stewart Wine Club

Martha Stewart Wine Club

Martha Stewart is famous for her entertainment skills, so who better to handpick wines for entertaining? The Martha Stewart Wine Club ships bottles hand-selected by Martha Stewart, along with her exclusive serving, pairing, and entertaining suggestions.

Choose from six bottles every six weeks, or 12 wines shipped every eight weeks. Both memberships include free shipping. The six-bottle option costs around $9 per bottle, while 12 bottles cost about $8 each. Pick red, white, or a combination of both. If you’re unhappy with the vino, they’ll replace it for free.

New members all receive the same curated collection of wines, as a comprehensive introduction to their cellar: a 2017 La Reference Sauvignon Blanc from France, a 2016 Les Chartrons Bordeaux Rouge from France, and a 2013 El Macho Reserva Red Blend from Spain.

For gift-giving, send a year of wine to someone you love. Choose the number of shipments, and whether you’d like to send reds, whites, or a mixed selection. Make a single payment, and Martha Stewart’s favorite bottles will be sent, along with serving suggestions, pairing, and entertaining.

Best for Date Night: Winc

Winc

Winc

Your wine journey at Winc starts with a six-question quiz to get to know your tastes and preferences. Based on your responses, they’ll send four wine choices each month.

Then, you'll review the bottles, and your preferences will be fine-tuned even more. The goal is to cater the experience to your tastes, so that you can spend less time choosing the best wine, and more time enjoying it.

Founders Xander Oxman and Geoff McFarlane joined forces with winemaker and sommelier, Brian Smith to create a personalized wine club that offers online membership.

The subscriptions are flexible, allowing members to skip a month or cancel at any time. Satisfaction is guaranteed, so if you’re unhappy with a bottle you can receive a refund. Subscriptions start at around $39 per month, plus shipping for three bottles. Or, receive free shipping with four or more bottles.

Winc’s recommendation for the best wine for date night: Try the 2018 Porter & Plot Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino, California. Harvested from the CCOF-certified (California Certified Organic Farmers) Cox Vineyard, this bottle is bursting with dark fruits and spice.

Decant and drink now, or age further in the bottle to enjoy later. This exceptional bottling shows just how special Cabernet Sauvignon can be. For Winc members, it's only around $29. 

Best for the Health Conscious: Dry Farm Wines

Dry Farm Wines

Dry Farm Wines

Whether you’re living a keto or paleo lifestyle, or just prefer your vino as natural as possible, Dry Farm Wines is a natural, health-focused wine club.

The blends are biodynamic and keto- and paleo-friendly, with all wines lab-tested for purity. They're also natural, additive-free, naturally sugar-free, and low in alcohol.

Choose your shipment for every four weeks or bi-monthly. For approximately $159 per shipment, you’ll receive a unique selection of six bottles of red, white, or mixed blends. Or, for about $299, you'll get 12 biodynamic natural wines sourced from small farms around the world.

Each shipment includes different grape varieties and styles from varying countries. The company's Happiness Promise guarantees satisfaction with your selection.

If you’re unhappy with your order, the company will replace or refund any bottle and cover all costs.

Best for Artisan Wine: The California Wine Club

The California Wine Club

The California Wine Club

Since 1990, The California Wine Club has delivered blends from working wineries.

Whereas some clubs offer their own wines or private label vino, they only feature real-working wineries with, “the intent of helping small, family wineries share their wines with wine lovers all over the country.”

The California Wine Club prides itself on the quality of the handcrafted bottles it features. Each bottle is hand-selected, and the company does not outsource.

There are a variety of levels for choosing a subscription. The Pacific Northwest Series features two bottles of handpicked, artisan blends from Oregon and Washington’s best family wineries for about $77 per shipment.

The Premier Series features a different winery each month and delivers two hand-selected, handcrafted blends, a guide to the winery that includes tasting notes and insights, access to a personal vino consultant, their Love It guarantee, plus VIP touring and tasting at any of the small family wineries they feature.

The Premier Series offers a pay-as-you-go system, where you pay around $41 indefinitely until you decide to cancel.

Best Non-Traditional: Orange Glou

Orange Glou

Orange Glou

Natural wine sommelier, Doreen Winkler loves orange wines so she created the subscription club, Orange Glou. The business sources highly-allocated orange vino from around the world through a monthly subscription and events.

For Winkler, nothing beats the versatility, drinkability, and sheer deliciousness of skin-contact wines. Yet, despite growing interest among wine lovers, it’s not always easy to find these vino options.

Winkler developed relationships with winemakers over the years, in addition to working harvests at vineyards in many of the world’s best wine-growing regions. Her experience led her to create the subscription service providing highly curated, personal selections of the most distinctive blends in the world.

Each month, subscribers receive three-to-six bottles selected by Winkler. The bottles arrive with descriptions, tasting notes, vinification information, and food pairing suggestions. The three-bottle subscription costs about $105 per month, while six bottles of orange wine are priced around $195 per month.

Best for Oregon Wine: Cellar 503

Cellar 503

Cellar 503

Cellar 503 is a wine club that showcases unique, high-quality, and affordable wines that represent the range and diversity of Oregon vino.

Founder and CEO Carrie Wynkoop handpicks each bottle she sends to her members, featuring boutique producers (often making under 2,000 cases per year), unique varietals, and undiscovered regions across the state.

With monthly themes like "women winemakers" and "unique vessels," Wynkoop includes detailed notes about the vino, winemakers, and regions, making Oregon wine-discovery personal, seamless, affordable, and fun. 

Members can choose from a red-only club, a white-only club or a mixed club, sent monthly or quarterly. Gift memberships are also available. To uncover the magic of Oregon wine, memberships start at around $45 per month, plus shipping.

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