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California Wine Club Review
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The California Wine Club started in 1990 with the goal of not only highlighting fine wines, but educating wine drinkers and exposing them to the histories behind each bottle of wine. This club features a new winery every month and selects bottles from that winery – making members feel as though they are right there doing a wine tour in the facility no matter how far away they are.

A club that is serious about not only great wine, but the history behind that wine and that wine’s vineyard.



PROS:
  • No contract
  • Various membership levels to choose from
  • Fine, vintage and rare blends
  • Wines personally selected via blind tasting
  • International wine options
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • Deep discounts on reorders
  • Can ship anywhere in the United States except Utah
  • Ability to order half and full cases without membership
CONS:
  • Shipping and tax not included
  • Shipping can take as long as three weeks – depending on where you are located
  • Wine selections tend to lean more towards dryer wines


Wine Selection: (Rating: 10/10)

California Wine Club takes their wine selection very seriously. While their main focus is California Wineries, they do have an International membership that exposes you to wineries located around the globe. The bottles included in the club shipments come from the winery that is featured that month. Members can choose a mixture, all whites, or all reds. Sometimes champagnes or sparkling wines will make their way into the mix too.

Wine Quality: (Rating: 10/10)

Quality does not depend on membership. Instead, this club only features refined wines from small wineries who are focused on quality. These wines are small batch, handcrafted and usually award winning. Members of the Signature Series will have access to rare and vintage wines perfect for drinking or collecting. The Aged Cabernet Series features robust, signature cabernets that have been aged for a minimum of 8 years before being released.

Memberships/Pricing: (Rating: 8/10)

California Wine Club does offer multiple wine membership levels. The prices, however, are a little more than other clubs. Members can choose from two to four bottle shipments, and choose if they want their shipments monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. Shipping and tax is not included in the monthly membership price; therefore, the amount due will be much higher. There are no contracts and members can cancel at any time – and there is a 100 percent money back guarantee.

Unfortunately you cannot do one time shipments or even limit the duration of your membership unless you’re giving this as a gift. So, you will sign up for the month-to-month commitment and then have to call and cancel to avoid additional charges.

Additional Perks: (Rating: 7/10)

Members have access to their own personal wine consultant – whom they can call for advice, tastings and more. Members also get up to 50 percent off on reorders (when reordering bottles from their past membership shipment).

States: (Rating: 10/10)

The club can ship to anywhere in the United States except Utah, but including Hawaii and Alaska, because they are a licensed freight forwarder. At this time, they do not ship to Canada or Utah.

They do not ship to Utah or Canada.

Gift Memberships and Options: (Rating: 9/10)

The California Wine Club does offer gift club memberships that are prepaid and include shipping and handling – so no surprises after you sign someone up. The recipient also receives a newsletter along with a $25 wine credit. If sending as a corporate gift, you can include gift cards, gift certificates and even branded wooden wine boxes with the bottles you send – something no one else offers.

You can limit the duration of gifted memberships anywhere from one to 12 months as well. If you prefer, you can opt for a gift certificate.

There are a lot of packaging and perks with their gifts too. You can have bottles wrapped in the colors of the season as well as a neoprene tote.

The only thing they don’t offer is wines or gifts outside of the memberships.

Website Features: (Rating: 10/10)

The club’s website is very easy to use. They have a recipe and tips section, blog, and plenty of information regarding their club.

Customer Service/Support: (Rating: 9/10)

Email and phone support are offered. There is no online help guide – just a FAQs section. Hours for customer service are limited to Monday thru Friday 7am to 5pm and weekends from 8am to 2pm.


Pricing

Shipping and taxes are added in addition to the monthly price. All memberships can be increased to four bottles per shipment for an additional fee – billed monthly, quarterly or bi-monthly.

Premier Series – Starting at $39.95 per shipment for two bottles. This is the basic-level club membership that features award-winning wines from small, family-owned wineries.

Signature Series – Starting at $124 per shipment for two bottles. Suited for collectors and wine connoisseurs who want only highly rated wines.

International Series – Starting at $71 per shipment for two bottles. Features wines from around the globe.

Aged Cabernet Series – Staring at $219 per shipment for two bottles. Features wines from Napa Valley’s finest cabernet wineries and each is aged a minimum of eight years.

Pacific Northwest Series – Starting at $77 per shipment for two bottles. Features limited production wines from Washington and Oregon.


Specification

Pricing

$15 to Under $20 a Bottle

$30 to Under $40 a Bottle

Over $50 a Bottle

Bottle Count

2

3

4

Help and Support

Phone

Email

Social Media

Online Tutorials

Assistance from Wine Expert

Wine Selections

Red

White

Mixture(Red/White)

Champagne/Sparkling Wines

Rare Collectable or Vintage

US Wines

International Wines

Shipping Frequency per Year

4 Times

6 Times

12 Times

Club Features

BBB Rating: A help

Money Back Guarantee: Yes

Contract Required?: No

Cancellation Fee: No

Can I Skip a Shipment?: No

Can I limit the duration?: On Gift Memberships Only help

Offer One Time Shipments: No

Can I establish a Wine Profile that my selections are based on?: No

Can I get a refund/replacement if I don't like a selection?: Yes

Tasting Notes/Materials/Videos help

Can I order Bottles without a Club Membership?: Yes help

Offer Gift Club Memberships: Yes

Offer Gift Collections/Boxes that don't require membership: No

States They Ship To

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming


Who is This Wine Club Best Suited For?

California Wine Club tries to cater to everyone. They do a good job in providing multiple membership levels that truly meet the needs of all wine drinking tastes. But, their higher price tag makes them more suitable for those who are willing to pay a higher price for finer wines – and not suitable for those interested in bulk or closeout wines.


What We Like and What We Don’t Like

We appreciate how California Wine Club tries to cater to all levels of expertise. Their original and most popular membership is affordable, but still pricier than others. But, you certainly get what you pay for. They feature exclusive wines that most clubs do not share – including small batch, vintage and premier brands. But, you have to be willing to pay the monthly price, shipping and tax.

Unlike other wine clubs, they are a freight forwarder, so they can ship to states that normally could not receive wine club deliveries. This is a big bonus, especially for those states that normally cannot participate.
Lastly, we like that you can reorder past shipments for up to 50 percent off.

The fact they are exclusive to California with some membership levels means that some members cannot enjoy wines from around the country or even the world. That being said, they do offer International and Pacific Northwest wineries, but for a higher rate and different membership. Even though they offer discounts, the 50 percent off is not always guaranteed; therefore, you could get smaller discounts on wines.

Overall, California Wine Club does a great job of offering more options to wine club enthusiasts.



9.1 Total Score
Fine selections, expertly picked wines.

California Wine Club tries to combine the best of everything in a single club. From offering selections for novice wine drinkers to appeasing fine wine drinking palates, they have a membership level to accommodate just about everyone.

Wine Selection
10
Wine Quality
10
Memberships/Pricing
8
Additional Perks
7
States
10
Website Features
10
Customer Service/Support
9
Gift Memberships and Options
9
PROS
  • No contract
  • Various membership levels to choose from
  • Fine, vintage and rare blends
  • Wines personally selected via blind tasting
  • International wine options
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • Deep discounts on reorders
  • Can ship anywhere in the United States except Utah
  • Ability to order half and full cases without membership
CONS
  • Shipping and tax not included
  • Shipping can take as long as three weeks – depending on where you are located
  • Wine selections tend to lean more towards dryer wines
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California Wine Club – Premier Series

Two to Four Bottles of only the highest-rated and most coveted of California's wines.

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$124/Shipment

California Wine Club – Signature Series

Each month features a different winery from heralded wine making countries like France, Germany, Australia, Argentina and South Africa to name a few!

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$71/shipment

California Wine Club – International Series

Get two hand-selected, award-winning wines handcrafted by some of Oregon and Washington’s best small family wineries.

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$77/shipment

California Wine Club – Pacific Northwest Series

The California Wine Club's Simply Red wine club level delivers two bottles of handcrafted, award-winning red wines.

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California Wine Club – Simply Reds

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