Friday, August 17, 2018

Wine Clubs: Compare


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Pros
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
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
affordable membership; provides great intro to domestic & international wines; average 20% reordering discount
Cons
Doesn't offer instant email notification for gift recipients
Bimonthly shipping is only option; doesn't offer instant gift notification by email; domestic Pinot Noirs only produced in California wineries (none from Oregon)
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.)
$39.50 - $49.50
$34.50 - $44.50
$10
Membership Minimum
No
No
No
Wine Options
Red or Combination
Red
Red or Combination
Domestic and/or International
Domestic (California)
Domestic (California) and International
Domestic and International
Selection
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.
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.
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
Bimonthly (February, April, June, August, October and December)
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.
Shipments will arrive sometime after the 15th of the month depending on how far away you live from California.
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 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.
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.
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 $35 - $45 (or $39 if you pre-pay).
None
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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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