I’d like to preface this entire conversation by saying I am nowhere near a wine snob; I prefer wines that are boutique, and I enjoy them from almost everywhere. There are brands that I don’t enjoy as much as I used to, as my tastes have changed and I have learned more. Typically, if you can find it in the supermarket or drug store, it comes in a box, or its labeled “wine product,” it’s not for me. Again, I am not yucking on anyone’s yum, I’m just framing my preference.
Depending on who you ask, good wine can be found anywhere. Just like there are people who are satisfied with buying shoes at Payless, while others go for boutiques with price tags in the 3- and 4-digits, what you consider “good” may be different from what I consider “good.” Again, all a matter of preference.
As for me, I tend to buy my wine in bulk, and I also utilize subscription services, also known as wine clubs, as I find it exciting to discover hand picked selections. I also frequently attend tastings at local merchants and wineries and sometimes I’ll purchase the whole bottle if I like it enough.
When it comes to joining a wine club, there are quite a few available to choose from. While they all are based on the same premise, “we pick the wines and ship them to you at some regular predetermined interval,” they all have their pros and cons. Lucky for you, I have tried a few wine clubs, and assembled a chart that highlights some of their best qualities:
I wish I could narrow down a favorite, but to be honest, I really enjoy them all in the following ways:
I happened upon this company through Groupon. I was able to get a case of 15 bottles of white and red wines, for an amazing price (plus shipping). Just seeing the UPS guy wheel this huge box into my office on a hand truck gave me butterflies! The selection is mostly hits, but with anything, you’re gonna catch a few duds. Luckily, customer service is phenomenal, so just give them a shout, and they’ll make it right. If you end up with a favorite, you can order it again, too.
When I need a huge case of Rosé, or pretty much anything over 6 bottles, Wine Insiders is my go-to. They are one of the few that feature rosé and sparkling selections. Their wine club is pricier, but has the best value because it comes quarterly, in the biggest amount (12-15 bottles).
Winc, formerly known as Club W
I wanna say Winc is one of the OG’s of the wine club game (I could be wrong). I’ve had them clipped to my Evernote since they were called Club W, and what drew me in was the overall look. I really love the aesthetic of Winc. It reminds me of my cool best friend that always knows where it’s at. Winc allows you to choose your initial shipment, from their favorite selections. Then, monthly, they check in about your upcoming shipment. If you approve, you’ve got wine! You can always suspend the month’s package (but why would you want to?), and there’s absolutely no commitment. Winc also has a reorder option if you need an encore. I absolutely love wine clubs that let you shop as well as get a surprise shipment each month. Whats also cool about Winc is that you can get credits for sharing with friends! Speaking of which, here’s $20 off your first shipment! Oh, and the best part of all? Winc ships lightning fast!
The only option for single glass selections, Vinebox holds a special place in my heart. There’s nothing like opening a bottle and rushing through it so it doesn’t turn into vinegar. Vinebox solves that problem by sending you a single glass of wine. Imagine a vial the size of a really long screw top bottle neck. I think it’s genius, and beautiful too. Vinebox is about 10 bucks a glass, but for the fancy packaging and exotic selections, I find it worth it. I absolutely adore my Vinebox selections, and if I really love it, I can order it again. For a limited time, they’re featuring a rosé pack. Usually they carry reds and whites, but I have gotten a rose in my box, too!
They don’t ship as fast as Winc, but for good reason; in the warmer months, they have refrigerated trucks that drop ship your wines to FedEx #theycare. See more info about that here.
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Not gonna lie, the name got me. Anything with the word Awesomeness in the name has got a be well, awesome, right?!? My favorite thing about WA is that not only is their monthly box expertly curated, it’s also themed. You get these awesome info cards about your wines and what ties them together. It’s really an adventure every month. There’s opportunity to reorder, but it’s limited to availability, so if you happen upon one you like, you should act fast. Their monthly subscription features reds and whites, “with a chance of bubbly.” Sounds like the perfect forecast for fun! Give it a try for $10 off by clicking here!
Direct Cellars is a very unique wine club. First off, this is the biggest club I’ve seen that sends almost everybody the same wines every month, making it easy for all of us to get together and talk about it. So far, it’s the first wine club I’ve ever seen where you actually make money for sharing wine with your friends! You can join for a 2- or 4-bottle monthly shipment and get reds or whites from all over the world. Direct Cellars also sends over tons of info about your selections every time you get them. As a complete wine nerd, I love finding out all the facts about what I’m enjoying. As a wine club member, you can refer 3 friends and get your next wine shipment for free! All you have to pay is shipping. As an associate, you can run your own business sharing wine with your friends. For more info, here’s the FAQs. To join, click here. My only lament is they take longer to ship than the other clubs, but for premium wines, its kinda worth it 🙂 .
Whichever wine club you choose, you’re guaranteed new wines at your door (depending on your state, of course). You can start out with whichever one peaks your interest, but you don’t have to try them all. Do what makes you comfortable and works for your wallet. Personally, since wine is my hobby, I have a personal budget for this stuff and its what I look forward to as a form of self-care. With the discounts I’ve shared above, feel free to give some of them a try. Cheers!