Wine, to many, is a convoluted, complicated world of fancy-sounding names and snobs with their noses in the air, scoffing at you for picking that vintage when the 2009 was so much more tannic. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way (if you don’t believe us, listen to our podcast with wine author Katherine Cole). One of the ways to navigate the wine world without having to know an iota about it is through wine club memberships.
Wine clubs exist for all sorts of people and price points. We’ve previously covered the true crime wine club, and NPR has their own club too. If those sorts of subject-specific clubs don’t do it for you, there are clubs that focus on every different kind of wine imaginable.
Below, we’ve collected the five best wine clubs to suit a variety of needs. If you’re just dipping your toes in and want samples, Vinebox has got you covered. Want an entire case at a time? Scroll down and check out Wine Insiders.
Vinebox works much like Flaviar in that you are sent samples of wines from around the world, allowing you to try multitudes of bottles without having to commit to an entire bottle. If you like a sample, you can then order a full bottle through the site. Each quarterly box delivers nine wines, starting at $72 per box.
A concierge service of sorts, to get started with Winc, you answer questions to help define your palate for them. From there, you’re shown a variety of wines to choose from, all starting at $13 per bottle. You choose four per month and they are sent to you with free shipping. If you don’t like a bottle, they’ll replace it.
Sourcing from around the country, Winestyr was created as a means of exposing curious drinkers to small-production wineries (typically between 1,000 and 10,000 cases per year) and their wines. You can choose the $79 three-bottle shipment (one white, two reds) or a $139 six-bottle shipment (which includes two of each bottle). You also get to choose the frequency: monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly.
If you’re looking to boost the number of bottles in your wine cellar or rack, then Wine Insiders is the way to go. To start, you pay $89 bucks (no shipping) and get a case of wine sent to you. In addition, Wine Insiders throws in three extra bottles and some other goodies. After that, you’ll get another case of wine every twelve weeks while still being able to cancel anytime.
Cellar 503 is a wine club for lovers of all things Oregon wine. You get two bottles of Oregon wine per month with prices ranging from $45 to $55 per pair, plus shipping (you can also do monthly or quarterly shipments). The bottles are sourced from around the state and show off all that Oregon wine country has to offer.
If a club is a little much for you right now, you should check out our picks for wines for every kind of Tinder date.