Wine enthusiasts love to enjoy a glass of their favorite vintage or discovering a new varietal, but this hobby can take a toll on their budget. Although buying wine can be expensive, there are ways to save money when making a purchase. By joining an online wine club, wine lovers not only can save money when ordering wines, but they also have opportunities to try and experience new blends from around the world.
1. Club W
Whether you are new to the wine world or a connoisseur who knows exactly what you like, Club W makes purchasing wine simple. Fill out a wine profile at registration, and each month you'll receive three bottles based on those preferences for just $39 plus $6 for flat-rate shipping. Want to skip a month? No problem. Don't like a bottle? Just return it for a full return. Plus, you can cancel anytime for free.
2. Wine Garage Wine Clubs
Members of the Wine Garage Wine Clubs receive six bottles of new wines six times per year. Membership fees are based on which club you choose, and fees are exclusive of taxes and shipping. With Red & White, members receive three bottles of red and three bottles of white in each shipment for approximately $105. Members of Red Only receive six reds for approximately $110 per shipment. If you join the Intense Red Club, you'll receive six of the most intense red wines for approximately $120 per shipment.
3. Plonk Wine Club
Join one of Plonk Wine Club's three wine clubs – Mixed, Red or White – starting at just $49.99 plus tax for two bottles per month, and you'll also receive discounts on reorders of those bottles you really enjoyed. You'll also receive detailed tasting notes and expert recipe pairings plus complimentary issues of Imbibe magazine. Receive a bottle you don't like? Just return it for a full refund.
4. Tasting Room by Lot18
Just like the name says, membership in Tasting Room by Lot18 starts when you receive a tasting kit, enter your preferences online and generate a taste profile. Then you'll start receiving a case of wine (12 bottles) about every three months for $149 plus $19.99 shipping, which equates to approximately $12 per bottle. If you ever change your mind, you can cancel anytime without penalty.
5. The Premier Series
Focused on wines from around the globe, the International Wine of the Month Club's The Premier Series delivers two bottles of red, white or one of each every month. Each wine is selected from an international winery, and comes with "Cellar Notes," detailed wine profiles with comprehensive tasting notes, detailed winery histories and suggested food pairings. Pricing is just $34.95 a month plus $13 shipping and handling.
6. Gold Series Wine Club
Explore the boutique wineries of California through the Gold Series Wine Club from Gold Medal Wine Club. For just $37, you will receive two bottles per month along with "The Wine Press," which details the featured wines and the wineries where they were bottled. You also have the option to add on a bottle for a reduced price. If you want more, you can change your subscription to four bottles, and even opt to receive shipments monthly, every other month or quarterly.
7. Virgin Wines Explorers Club
For those wanting to join a wine club but afraid of the commitment, the Virgin Wines Explorers Club is the ideal choice. Start with an introductory offer of 15 bottles for $69.99 plus $19.99 shipping and applicable sales tax; if you like it, future shipments of 12 bottles are $139.99. Before your next shipment is sent, you can even log on, and see what's on the way. If you want, you can switch out the selections, skip the shipment or even cancel your membership.
8. Insider's Wine Club
Expand your wine horizon with selections by the experts behind the Insider's Wine Club from Wine Insiders. Members start with an initial order of 15 bottles for $89.99 plus 1-cent shipping, and go on to receive 12 bottles every other month for $149.99 plus 1-cent shipping. Choose from mixed bottles, all red or all white, all chosen for you from around the world.
9. The Classic Series
For the truly budget-conscious, try The Classic Series membership from the Original Wine of the Month Club. For just $21.95 plus shipping and applicable taxes, you'll receive two bottles of red, white or a mix each month. If that seems like too much, you can receive shipments every other month or even quarterly.
10. Grab Bag Wine Club
Wine lovers who like being surprised by an unexpected find will truly enjoy the Grab Bag Wine Club from Vinesse. Averaging $10 to $14 per bottle (plus shipping and taxes), this wine club sends you a selection of "overstocks" that are being sold off to make way for new vintages. Plus, you can customize your membership based on number of bottles, type of wine and frequency.