Joining a Wine Club

How to join a wine club

Have you ever considered joining a wine club to expand your tasting repertoire? While it’s fun knowing your local merchant, it’s also convenient and exciting to receive shipments in the mail. I recently saw this over of wine clubs in Forbes and thought it’s worth reprinting here.

Club W You’ll take a palate profile survey which helps the Club W team curate a special box of wines suited to you particular tastes. This club also focuses on value wines and offers nice touches (which most others offer as well) such as the ability to cancel or skip a shipment and return any wines you don’t like.

Gold Medal Wine Club They offer a range of ‘series’ featuring themes such as medal winning wines from smaller California wineries or Best in Class Pinot Noir wines.

Lot 18 This club offers daily specials on premium wines, a nice fit for a collector who’s looking to stock a cellar.

Plonk Wine Club It focuses on wines under $20 that are, according to the website, ‘artisanal, obscure and affordable.’

Uncorked Ventures Specializing in California, Washington and Oregon wines, primarily hard-to-find smaller wineries with limited distribution.  

Wine of the Month America’s oldest wine club (circa 1976) with an emphasis on value wines. A great entry-level experience for new wine drinkers.

WSJ Wine Club The Discovery Club offers a range of wines from across the globe, the Premier Club specializes in world-class fine wines. (Note to readers: there have been several negative comments about this club’s customer service. See the comment threads for more information.)

 Take a look at then take the plunge. It’s fun! Let me know what you find.


About Laura Levy Shatkin

Laura Levy Shatkin served for 10 years as food and wine critic for the Chicago Reader. Later, she became an Emmy-nominated executive producer for Taste, a 30-minute food and wine show on NBC-5 Chicago, which later merged into, where Ms. Levy is a partner/owner. Today, she teaches private wine classes and hosts wine parties for consumers and firms, and continues to tell the video stories of wine, girlfriends and wine travel on her TCW blog, Wine…ing Women.