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Plonk Wine Club Review

Plonk Wine Club Review

Plonk Wine Club

Select 2, 4, or 12 bottles to have shipped each month, starting at $49.99/month.

$49.99/month

Wine Clubs

Plonk Wine Club is a fun, trendy wine club that prides itself on bringing customers a carefully selected batch of boutique wines. The rare and unique wines shipped to clients come at a hefty membership price, but are still cheaper than what a client would pay outside of the club membership. They include seasonal, white and red memberships that span up to a case of 12 and monthly shipments.

A hip and trendy wine club that deals exclusively with boutique wines at affordable prices



PROS:
  • Access to rare, small batch boutique wines
  • Customized billing and shipment amounts
  • Detailed tasting and wine pairing notes
  • Detailed tasting notes, expert pairing notes and complimentary issue of local magazines
CONS:
  • Non-refundable memberships
  • Longer memberships must be paid upfront
  • No online help guides


Wine Selection: (Rating: 8/10)

Plonk focuses on small batch, rare and unique boutique wines. Most of these wines are difficult to find at your local store – making the club even better. Customers can choose from mixed, red and white wine memberships. Customers can log-in before their subscription ships to pick and choose if they want a “mixed”, “all red” or “all white” box – but they cannot change the actual wines. There are no champagnes or sparkling wines.

Wine Quality: (Rating: 10/10)

While vintage wines are not included in this wine club, the quality of wines is impressive. All wines shipped are small batch, boutique wines that are difficult to find locally. Both international and local wines are included.

Memberships/Pricing: (Rating: 6/10)

While there is no official contract, all memberships are final with Plonk. Plonk offers two bottle, four bottle and 12 bottle options. Then, members choose from monthly, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month shipments. Memberships that are not month-to-month are billed upfront in full – and this is non-refundable. Members on the month-to-month contract can cancel at any time, but must cancel within one week of shipment or they will be charged. Tax is not included in the monthly rate.

Plonk does not offer one-time shipments and you must commit to three months minimum. After that, you can limit the duration of your membership to three, six or 12 month increments.

Additional Perks: (Rating: 7/10)

Plonk does offer a discount, but it only applies to bottles already received. There is a 10% discount to reorder a bottle from the shipment, and 25% off if the customer orders a case of that bottle.

States: (Rating: 10/10)

Plonk ships to states that allow alcohol shipments.

States they do not ship to include: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, S. Dakota, Utah, Vermont.

Gift Memberships and Options: (Rating: 8/10)

Plonk does offer three different membership options that can be given as a gift. You can also limit them to three, six and 12 months and they will automatically cancel or your recipient can renew, but on their own payment plan. There are no gift cards with Plonk at this time and they don’t offer gifts or collections outside of the club. Your recipient will, however, receive a customize letter with their first membership shipment.

Website Features: (Rating: 8/10)

Plonk has their “Wine 101” section that teaches readers everything they need to know about wine. As a member, customers can login and access tasting notes and wine pairings for their shipped wines. Overall, the website is very basic and not as detailed as other wine clubs.

Customer Service/Support: (Rating: 6/10)

Plonk offers email and phone-based customer support. But, they do not have an online help guide. They have a FAQs section that is very limited.


Pricing

(All memberships can be done monthly or in 3, 6 and 12-month contract periods. Members can choose Mixed, Red or White Club memberships.)

2 Bottle – Starts at $49.99 per month for two bottles per month.
4 Bottle – Starts at $89.99 per month for four bottles per month.
Case of 12 – Starts at $249.99 per month for 12 bottles shipped each month.



Specification

Pricing

$20 to Under $30 a Bottle

Bottle Count

2

4

12

Help and Support

Wine Selections

Red

White

Mixture(Red/White)

Rare Collectable or Vintage

US Wines

International Wines

Shipping Frequency per Year

12 Times

Club Features

Money Back Guarantee: Yes

Sign Up Bonus: Yes - Free Gifts

Contract Required?: No

Cancellation Fee: Yes - unless you sign month-to-month

Can I Skip a Shipment?: No

Can I limit the duration?: Yes 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?: No help

Free Shipping

Offer Gift Club Memberships: Yes

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

States They Ship To

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Louisiana

Maine

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming


Who is This Wine Club Best Suited For?

Plonk’s higher pricing and unique wine selection make this club better for more experienced wine club members. While they advertise that they are ideal for novice wine club drinkers, the wines and heavy upfront costs are not something a person new to a wine club should risk. Also, their boutique selections often require a refined palate – making this club more suitable for the experienced wine club member.


What We Like and What We Don’t Like

Plonk is definitely a more refined wine club. They specialize in expertly curated artisan, small batch and boutique wines. This makes them stand out among other wine clubs. The wines in their shipments sometimes include natural, organic or biodynamic wines – something not all wine clubs offer. The complimentary wine magazine issues, detailed tasting notes and expert recipe pairings are also a great bonus. While expensive, Plonk’s prices calculate cheaper than the price you would pay per bottle to buy these wines outside of the membership.

With all of the positives, there are some things we don’t like about this wine club. While Plonk advertises themselves as a wine club for all wine drinkers, their prices and membership options speak otherwise. The monthly price tag is steep – especially for someone new to wine drinking or even wine clubs. Therefore, this club is really only suited for experienced wine club members. Also, all monthly contracts are paid upfront and non-refundable. So, unless a person does month-to-month, they could be stuck with a bunch of wines they do not want or lose hundreds of dollars cancelling their membership.

Plonk is great for the refined wine drinker who is seeking a new experience. If you love wine and know quality wines, then the selection of boutique offerings at Plonk are right up your alley. But, if you’re new to wine clubs, perhaps try your hand at the clubs without contracts and cheaper prices first.

7.9 Total Score
A fun club with boutique wines.

Plonk Wine Club tries to change up how wine clubs are done - by offering bottle and shipment frequency changes instead of multi-level memberships. While it is one of the pricier wine clubs, their selections are quite impressive and the club focuses on boutique, small batches.

Wine Selectio
8
Wine Quality
10
Memberships/Pricing
6
Additional Perks
7
States
10
Website Features
8
Customer Service/Support
6
Gift Memberships and Options
8
PROS
  • Access to rare, small batch boutique wines
  • Customized billing and shipment amounts
  • Detailed tasting and wine pairing notes
  • Detailed tasting notes, expert pairing notes and complimentary issue of local magazines
CONS
  • Non-refundable memberships
  • Longer memberships must be paid upfront
  • No online help guides

Plonk Wine Club

Select 2, 4, or 12 bottles to have shipped each month, starting at $49.99/month.

$49.99/month

Wine Clubs


Shailynn is a word slinger, chef, Pinterest addict and adult coloring book collector. As our Operations Manager and Senior Researcher/Editor, you will find Shailynn busy finding new companies and topics to research, but also handling the crazy day-to-day on the backend – and by crazy…we mean all of us. She attended the International Culinary Institute, where she studied pastry arts and she worked as an executive pastry chef before hanging up her chef’s hat and decided to work from home as a writer. She is a fanatic for a great cup of coffee or wonderful glass of wine! Shailynn is a mother of three and married to a handsome firefighter.

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