Friday, August 17, 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 wines at exceptional values; strict selection process; previous wine selections publicly archived on website; great, responsive customer service; flexible membership; great discounts on reorders; excellent discounts on reordering (up to 35%); referral bonus; gifts are beautifully packaged; if you request red-only shipments, you'll still get 2 different kinds of red wine
affordable membership; provides great intro to domestic & international wines; average 20% reordering discount
Cons
limited to California wines; red-only and white-only shipments will be same bottles; $2 surcharge on red-only shipments
Doesn't offer instant email notification for gift recipients
unclear wine selection process; only three newsletters archived on website; $4 surcharge for shipping to a residence
Shipping Included
No
No
Yes
Cost per Bottle (Est.)
$17.50 or $15.75
$39.50 - $49.50
$10
Membership Minimum
No
No
No
Wine Options
Red, White, or Combination
Red or Combination
Red or Combination
Domestic and/or International
Domestic (California)
Domestic (California)
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, hard-to-find California wines that have received at least a 90-point rating from a national wine publication and won multiple medals at major wine competitions.
Features wine from classic growing regions (ex. Italy, France, and California), as well as more recently discovered premium regions (ex. New Zealand, Chile and South Africa).
Newsletter
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shipping Options
Monthly, Bimonthly or Quarterly
Monthly, Bimonthly or Quarterly
Monthly, Bimonthly or Quarterly
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.
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.
First shipment can be sent out immediately after receiving your order, but typically shipments are sent out on the 20th of the month.
Gift Information
Offers free gift cards to notify gift recipients. Also sells gift baskets and wine accessories that you can add to your order.
Offers a free gift card that you can customize and include in your 1st shipment. The bottles are beautifully wrapped and packaged in gift box that features specially commissioned artwork of wine country on the outside.
Offers free e-cards and free printable gift cards to notify gift recipients.
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.
Offers the PLUS! Program that allows current members to add an extra bottle of high quality wine to each shipment for an additional $35 - $45 (or $39 if you pre-pay).
None
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 guarantee, but they will only replace any bottles you receive that are corked/damaged. If you want to cancel your membership, you must do so by the 7th of the month otherwise it will not take effect until the following month.
 
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