Wine

The Best Wine Clubs – The New York Times

Summary

We looked for clubs that ship quality wines and offer a good value—but the better subscription services tend to be pretty expensive. We’ve also outlined some common pitfalls you should be aware of before signing up, and we offer advice on how to choose a wine club if our recommended picks don’t meet your specific needs.

Our pick

Wine Access

This is one of the best clubs for learning about wine, with somm-selected bottles starting at around $25. Wine Access’s customer service and temperature-c…….

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We looked for clubs that ship quality wines and offer a good value—but the better subscription services tend to be pretty expensive. We’ve also outlined some common pitfalls you should be aware of before signing up, and we offer advice on how to choose a wine club if our recommended picks don’t meet your specific needs.

Our pick

Wine Access

This is one of the best clubs for learning about wine, with somm-selected bottles starting at around $25. Wine Access’s customer service and temperature-controlled shipping stood out, but it ships only four to six times per year.

Choose Wine Access if you want bottles selected by sommeliers and you’re eager to learn more about the wine you drink. This club immediately stood out for its transparency about the selection process, range of wines, educational materials, and free temperature-controlled shipping (a rarity among most subscription services). Of its five club options, we tested The Discovery Club, which includes six bottles of wine focused on a changing quarterly theme. Each wine comes with a detailed information page, which provides an overview of the winemaker and region, as well as tasting notes and suggested food pairings.

Although we would have preferred a bit more variety with the selection of red wines in our order, it’s clear Wine Access puts a lot of thought into its club experience. We didn’t test its Wine Folly Wine Club, but we think it would be another great option for wine nerds who want to learn about specific regions and styles of wine. Among the wine clubs we tested, Wine Access’s customer service was also the best, and this club ships to the most states. It also offers gift cards in a range of denominations.

Our pick

SommSelect

SommSelect is another great club for learning about wine, with sommelier-selected bottles starting around $25. This one is a better choice if you prefer a monthly shipment or you want to build your own case. Customer service is less responsive, though, and there are fewer à la carte bottles under $30.

If you want more-frequent shipments than you get from Wine Access, SommSelect is another great option for wines chosen by sommeliers. We tested its least expensive club, The Explore 4, which includes four monthly bottles focused on a changing theme. We liked all of the wines in our shipment, and we appreciated the varied styles and regional representation of the bottles we received. Like Wine Access, SommSelect provided extensive information about the wines in its shipments. If you’d rather pick your own wines, SommSelect has another club that allows you …….

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-wine-clubs/