From the Vineyard to Your Door
There is a pleasure to browsing the racks of a truly great wine store and getting lost amid the vintages as you daydream of sipping wine at some secluded vineyard. But if you don't have a browse-worthy wine seller nearby — or simply don't want to bother with the store in the first place — buying wine online is a great alternative. Selection is the most obvious reason: The best online retailers carry hundreds, if not thousands, of different varieties. Another factor is convenience, whether you order online to pick up curbside or have a monthly selection of wines shipped to your door. Wine clubs are a particularly good option if you're not well-versed in winespeak and would like guidance as you choose wines or harbor an affinity for a certain type of wine, such as sparkling or organic. We took a look at some of the most popular wine clubs and online wine stores, rating them on a scale from 1 to 5 based on criteria including selection and specialization, price (including shipping), and overall user experience. Note: State law may limit or prohibit what you can order and have delivered.