Wine subscriptions were hot long before much of the country shuttered itself indoors to safely wait out a health crisis. Bottles catering to your specific tastes, regularly delivered to your door? Yeah, why the hell not. It’s just that these days, even venturing to the front stoop, let alone getting yourself all the way to the grocery or liquor store, carries with it a set of weighty concerns.
And yet, wine will be drunk in America, as is our way.
How wine will be drunk in America comes down to the people still out there delivering us packages—thank goodness for them. Ordering wine (or beer and spirits) à la carte for ASAP delivery is one option; you can peruse those services here. Signing up for a wine subscription is another, more reliable option. Instead of randomly picking out the most attractive bottle on a specialty website, you can rely on someone who knows the wine world far better than you to curate the good stuff. And after we reemerge into society, a subscription ensures that instead of trolling the wine aisles at the grocery store, you’ll already have a varietal (or three, or 10) waiting for you at home.
Plus, if you’re a regular wine drinker, you’ll probably save some money, since wine bundled in boxes generally costs less per bottle.
So take a minute to find a wine subscription box that’ll faithfully send you what you want to drink, be it red, white, bubbly, or weird. These are the 17 best options to check out, each with its own quirks. Just make sure your state allows for alcohol deliveries before you sign up yourself or send as a gift. (And round out the experience with food subscription boxes so that you never have to make a sustenance-related decision, or even step outside, again.)
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From $40 per month, nakedwines.com
Nakedwines.com isn’t a subscription box. But you can buy boxes of wine from it, so what’s the use in quibbling over the difference? Each month, you pay a flat fee of $40, which is then credited towards your account. Purchase what you will with it—the wine selection is extensive. More importantly, that flat fee ensures that Naked can source wines from up-and-coming, “indie” winemakers who might not otherwise be able to do what they love. You get excellent bottles and the opportunity to call yourself an angel investor.
From $39.95 per shipment, firstleaf.club
Firstleaf loves data. A lot. The second you sign up, you’ll take a quiz to pinpoint your wine tastes. It’ll use its algorithm and data pulled from thousands of customers to supply you with your own curated wine box of six bottles. You’ll try ‘em, rate ‘em, and then get bottles even better suited to your palate in your second box. Your third shipment will be even more informed. And so on and so forth.
Plonk Wine Club
From $110 per month, plonkwineclub.com
Plonk is all about the boutique experience. Its boxes are full of interesting, small-batch varietals from all over world, with a focus on natural wines made with sustainable practices. If you can’t spend hours searching for rare and unsung wineries yourself, Plonk is a carefully curated subscription service worth considering.
From $44 per shipment, getvinebox.com
Vinebox deals in wine by the glass, not wine by the bottle. In each shipment, you’ll get three, six, or nine vials, each filled with a different wine and accompanied with educational material. If you like one a lot, you’ll get credits toward purchasing a full bottle. For this reason, it’s one of the best subscriptions for curious wine drinkers who’d like to keep their options open on their way to becoming full wine snobs.
From $49.99 per shipment, vinesse.com
Vinesse is perfect for wine drinkers who want someone else to make all the tough decisions. Simply tell the team your preferences, and it’ll give you a mix of “exotic” varietals and “familiar favorites.” It’s dependable—you’ll get six bottles a month—and if you get one that you really love, you can keep reordering it for future drinking.
$80 per month, usualwines.com
Usual offers what we can only describe as “California, if it were a wine subscription.” It uses California grapes grown under California sunshine, untouched by pesticides or additives, packaged in a remarkably Instagrammable fashion in single-serving bottles that look like chemistry beakers, but in an appealing way. You can choose to get boxes of Usual’s red, rosé, or brut wine, or a mix of all three. And that’s about it. There’s not much room for branching out, but then, what’s good is good.
From $29.95 per shipment, winc.com
Winc is simple: You take a quiz and it recommends bottles. With your membership, you can pick your own bottles or let it send you what it recommends. The price can change per month, depending on which bottles and how many you want, but you have to at least pay in $39. The bottles themselves are fun and flirty—nothing too fancy, but nothing too expensive, either.
The California Wine Club
From $43.45 per shipment, cawineclub.com
The CA Wine Club has been doing it for much longer than this new wave of wine subscriptions. Since 1990, in fact. It has a range of membership plans, the core of which focus on the works of artisan vineyards in California and the Pacific Northwest. But if you are looking for more rarity, its Aged Cabernet Series will dig up some real treasures.
Cellars Wine Club
From $29.00 per shipment, cellarswineclub.com
26 years of expertise and thousands of tastings have made Cellars Wine Club the most customizable membership on the list. Options include everything from one or two bottles of sparkling to a pair of sweet varietals to a whole case of 90+ point wines. You can change up what you taste, and how often you get a shipment.
$80.00 per month, brightcellars.com
If you’re ever in the mood to let AI created by MIT grads tailor your monthly vino tastings, Bright Cellars is a data-driven wine club that will first ask about your preferences on tea, chocolate, candy, and cocktail flavors, then match you with four bottles from across the globe. You can’t choose your picks—the machine does it all for ya—but you can opt to make swaps if you don’t like the options you receive.
From $99 per month, sommselect.com
No matter how well you can tell a French grape from an Italian one, one vineyard in Oregon from the next, a sommelier knows it better. That’s the premise behind Somm Select, a club that defines itself as a sommelier concierge service that’ll send out packages of wine curated by the pros.
Theopolis Vineyards Wine Club
From $65 per shipment, theopolisvineyards.com
A small lot vineyard and winery in California’s Mendocino County, Theopolis is run by Theodora R. Lee (known to insiders as Theo-patra, Queen of the Vineyards) and applauded for its Petite Sirah in particular. It offers three tiers of club membership, each of which will supply you with a range of bottles bearing that striking label.
Vegan Wines Club
From $90 per shipment, veganwines.com
There are quite a few popping categories of wine that address issues of sustainability and environmentalism, “vegan” being one of them. Founder Frances Gonzalez looks across the globe for wines made without animal-based ingredients, and her club gives you options for customizing those selections further. Add on a Vegan Wines cheese club membership (plant-based, naturally) and you’ve got a whole night ahead of you once that box arrives.
International Wine of the Month Club
From $39.95 per month, winemonthclub.com
The International Wine of the Month Club means business. It’ll only send you the good stuff, grown and bottled in far-off countries like France and Italy and Argentina, along with extensive tasting notes and winemaker profiles. And you have a selection memberships within the club to choose from, like a “Bold Reds” club for those who don’t care for white and a “Collectors Series” for wine enthusiasts who covet rarer, pricier vintages.
From $264 per quarter, fatcork.com
Champagne shouldn’t be saved for celebrations. It’s complex and varied like other wines, as you’ll learn with a Fatcork subscription, which deals exclusively in bottles from France’s Champagne region. Enjoy the intricacies of bubbly through curated boxes brought together by a singular theme. And you’ll soon realize it deserves to be drunk on all days, at all hours.
From $49 per shipment, nockingpointwines.com
Nocking Point (co-founded by actor Stephen Amell) is heavy on the don’t-give-a-fuck attitude and celebrity allure. Besides bold wines with label art that’ll look undeniably cool on your shelf, it hawks apparel and coffee, and hosts events, making it something of a lifestyle brand. If you choose the quarterly box, every shipment will include three bottles of wine, one bag of ground coffee, and a T-shirt.
Viticole Wine Club
From $99 per month, viticole.com
Before we get into it, be warned: Viticole has a waitlist. But for good reason. The wines it ships are all exclusive to the club. Master Sommelier Brian McClintic works with winemakers to make custom bottlings for club members, which are delivered to you twice a year. All the wine is organic, and McClintic values each bottle in its second-tier club at $40 and up. It’s not cheap. But it is unique.
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