The California Wine Club Review
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The California Wine Club - Overview
The California Wine Club was founded in 1990 with the mission of helping California's thousands of small artisanal wineries gain exposure in the larger world outside the west coast. The company provides monthly delivery of handcrafted wines from family wineries along with the story behind each. The California Wine Club has personal relationships with the families that operate their featured wineries and therefore has a vested interest in helping their wines gain exposure.
As distributors usually deal only with large corporate wineries, many of the wines The California Wine Club features are not available in stores. Membership in the club is oftentimes the only way those outside of California wine country can ever get a chance at sampling them.
The California Wine Club features a "Love It Guarantee," and they will replace any bottle with which you are not satisfied or refund your money if you prefer. The club features no membership fees and operates on a pay as you go basis.
For more than 26 years The California Wine Club has been catering to wine lovers by delivering wines from small-award winning wineries. It offers 5 club membership series: Premier, Signature, International, Aged Cabernet, and Pacific Northwest. Each series features 2 bottles, the Uncorked® guide to each winery, and access to personal wine consultants and your own personalized "Wine Cellar" to track your favorites online.
Years in business
|Description||Most popular, best price
One winery featured every month
Choose 1 red, 1 white or 2 reds or 2 whites
|Highest rated wines
Only 90+ point rating
Can increase to 3 or 4 bottles/month
|Imported wines from around the world.
One international winery featured each month.
Choose 1 red, 1 white or 2 reds (same bottle)
Only prestigious Napa Cabernets.
Limited production run wines from Oregon and Washington.
Ships every other month only
|Cost||$39.95/month||Starting at $134/month||$71/month||Starting at $219/month||$77/month|
The California Wine Club functions on a pay as you go basis. There is no contract length and you can cancel anytime without penalty.
The California Wine Club can ship nearly anywhere in the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. You can choose to receive shipments:
- Every other month
$14 shipping and handling to most states
The California Wine Club mainly offers wines from California artisanal wineries. Their International Club however includes wines from international wineries. Each month brings new bottles from its featured winery. Members can then select all reds or whites or a mix of both. Wines are usually from small-award winning wineries. Each wine is hand-selected from winemakers proud to share their wine. The quality is guaranteed regardless of club membership level.
- All occasion gifts
- Corporate gifts
- Santa’s summer sale
- Wedding gift special
The California Wine Club Review
The California Wine Club is an excellent choice for a wine club if you are interested in the small, award winning artisanal wineries of California. However, despite its name the company does not restrict you to the wines of California. Its Pacific Northwest and International Series give you access to quality wines from around the world. But we find the best thing about the company is the variety of plans. The high end plans feature some of the more prestigious wines, but the Premier Series ensures that those on a budget are not left out. The "Love It" guarantee is always a great perk too. The club offers great deals on reorders. If you find you like a particular wine in your delivery, you can order a case or multiple cases with $1 shipping.
The cherry on top, though, are the Personal Wine Consultants. Through them the company offers a thoroughly customer satisfaction oriented paradigm. Experts are available to discuss, offer suggestions, and overall educate club members about the great wines and wineries The California Wine Club features.