14 Affordable Wine Clubs That Will Satisfy Even the Snobs
Loving wine -- or even joining a wine club -- doesn't have to come with an aristocratic price tag. National Wine Day on May 25 is the perfect time to try an affordable wine club that will bring a steady flow of the world's best vintages to your doorstep. Many are chosen specifically for each customer through samples and starter questions about interests and favorite flavors.
It's tough to beat the WSJ Wine Club for dollars-per-bottle value -- at least for the first quarterly shipment. The introductory offer is 15 bottles for $70. That's less than $5 a bottle. After that, deliveries contain 12 bottles for $150, or $12.50 a bottle. Shipping is $20.
Although the International Wine of the Month Club isn't the cheapest membership club, it might present one of the best values. The club, which touts its reputation for quality imports, has a Premier Series costing $40 for two bottles a month and $13 for shipping.
Tasting Room assures its customers it can deliver a $20 bottle of wine from one of 10 of the world's most prestigious wine-producing countries for as little as $13. The club is all about personalization; customers are able to adjust the size and frequency of deliveries and can get started with a tasting kit for $10.
The Naked Wines crowdfunding format allows members (now on a wait list) to save as much as 60 percent on boutique wine. Members add $40 to their account every month to fund indie winemakers and buy their product, starting at $10 a bottle, with deliveries whenever members want rather than on a regular schedule. The club allows guaranteed withdrawals from the account whenever and offers a $100 first-order bonus.