Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wine Clubs: Compare


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Pros
affordable, flexible membership; up to 42% off winery direct prices; great discounts on reorders; previous selections archived on website; referral bonuses
Premium, limited-supply Pinot Noirs at great values; excellent reordering discounts (up to 35%) and easy online reordering system; great customer service; all previously featured wines publicly archived on website; referral bonus; gift shipments are beautifully wrapped
organic/biodynamic wines and unusual grape varietals and regions; 10% discount on reorders; free shipping on first order
Cons
limited to California wines; red-only and white-only shipments will be same bottles; $2 surcharge on red-only shipments
Bimonthly shipping is only option; doesn't offer instant gift notification by email; domestic Pinot Noirs only produced in California wineries (none from Oregon)
only one person selects wines; only offers monthly shipping; doesn't offer e-cards; need to confirm with them whether they can ship to your state
Shipping Included
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No ($20/month flat rate)
Cost per Bottle (Est.)
$17.50 or $15.75
$34.50 - $44.50
$17.50
Membership Minimum
No
No
No
Wine Options
Red, White, or Combination
Red
Red, White, or Combination
Domestic and/or International
Domestic (California)
Domestic (California) and International
Domestic and International
Selection
California wines that have been produced in limited quantities from some of the best family-owned and operated wineries in the state.
Premium Pinot Noirs from boutique wineries in California and around the world that have (mostly) received 90+ ratings from a national wine publication and may have also been awarded a Gold Medal at a major wine competition.
An eclectic selection of organic, biodynamic, and limited-production wines produced in some of the best boutique wineries around the world.
Newsletter
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shipping Options
Monthly, Bimonthly or Quarterly
Bimonthly (February, April, June, August, October and December)
Monthly
Shipping Details
First shipment will arrive within 7 - 10 days of placing your order. Subsequent shipments will arrive sometime after the 15th of the month depending where you live.
Shipments will arrive sometime after the 15th of the month depending on how far away you live from California.
All shipments are sent out on the 1st Monday of each month. If it should fall on a national holiday, shipments will be sent out the following day.
Gift Information
Offers free gift cards to notify gift recipients. Also sells gift baskets and wine accessories that you can add to your order.
Complimentary and customizable gift card is included with gift purchase. Bottles in gift shipments are each wrapped in colorful tissue paper, placed in gift bags and stored securely in a beautifully illustrated gift box.
Includes a customized gift card in the first shipment but does not offer email notification.
Extras
Offers the PLUS! Program that allows current members to add an extra bottle of high quality wine to each shipment for an additional $18 -$22.
None
Free shipping on first delivery ($20 value).
Satisfaction Guarantee
No satisfaction guarantee, but they will replace any bottles you receive that are corked/damaged at no additional charge. They will refund you for any returned unopened bottles unless they are unable to restock the wine back into inventory for any reason. You can cancel your membership at any time without incurring cancellation fees.
No satisfaction guarantee, but they will replace any bottles you receive that are corked/damaged at no additional charge. They will refund you for any returned unopened bottles unless they are unable to restock the wine back into inventory for any reason. You can cancel your membership at any time without incurring cancellation fees.
No satisfaction guarrantee and all sales are final. If you receive any bottles that are physically damaged, you have 72 hours to report it to Plonk and request an exchange. if you want to cancel your membership, you must do so 7 days before the next shipment is scheduled to be sent out otherwise it will not take effect until the following month.
 
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