Food & Wine Club Review
The Food & Wine club, serviced by Global Wine Company, features wines for the refined palate. Their selection includes rare, limited edition and collectors wines as well as a few budget-friendly, yet delicious selections. All wines are picked to pair with recipes straight from the Food & Wine magazine for the full experience.
A wine club that focuses on enhancing the wine tasting experience, just like they focus on their food experiences in their magazine.
- No contracts.
- 10% discount on future orders.
- Earn points with every membership shipment.
- Access to rare and limited edition wines.
- Live chat support.
- Expert wine pairings and recipes from Food &Wine Magazine.
- Cannot skip a shipment – can only reschedule.
- High shipping rates.
Wine Selection: (Rating: 9/10)
Just like other magazine and newspaper-backed wine clubs, the Food & Wine club has all of their wines handpicked by their skilled editors. The wines are chosen to match recipes in their magazine and include reds, whites and some sparkling editions.
Wine Quality: (Rating: 9/10)
The Adventurer Club features more budget-friendly, yet highly rated wines, while the Collector Club deals with boutique, limited production, rare and vintage selections. The club features international as well as local wines.
Memberships/Pricing: (Rating: 9/10)
There are four memberships to choose from, and their per-bottle pricing is fairly affordable given the selections members receive. There are no contracts and members can cancel at any time. But, shipping prices are rather pricey – and raise the per bottle price once a customer totals it all out.
Additional Perks: (Rating: 9/10)
Members receive sommelier-tasting notes in each shipment, recipe pairings, and ideas prepared in the Food & Wine test kitchen. They also get 10% off additional orders and members earn points for every dollar they spend – eventually earning a $25 coupon off wine.
States: (Rating: 10/10)
Because this membership is a partnership with the Global Wine Company, the policy on shipping is similar. They can direct ship to CA, ID, LA, MO, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OR, WV, WY. Also, shipments are sent to local retailers for shipment in AZ, CO, CT, DC, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, VA, WA.
Events: (Rating: 0/10)
The Food & Wine club does not have any online or local events.
Website Features: (Rating: 10/10)
The website is straightforward and has all of the information prospective and current members need. Pricing is clear, they have online guides, pairings and even a sale section for member’s bargain hunting for more wines.
Customer Service/Support: (Rating: 10/10)
The company offers email, phone and live chat support. They also have an in-depth FAQs and wine education online.
6 Bottle Adventurer – $90 per shipment and features six wines from renowned wineries. Shipping is an additional $19.95.
12 Bottle Adventurer – $180 per shipment and features a case of wines from all over the world. Shipping is an additional $34.95 per shipment.
3 Bottle Taster Club – $44.95 per shipment and includes three boutique wines. Shipping is $14.95 per shipment.
6 Bottle Collector Club – $180.00 per shipment and includes six bottles from highly rated, distinguished wineries. Shipping is not included and is an additional $19.95.
Under $15 a Bottle
$15 to Under $20 a Bottle
$20 to Under $30 a Bottle
Help and Support
Rare Collectable or Vintage
Shipping Frequency per Year
Money Back Guarantee: Yes
Contract Required?: No
Cancellation Fee: No
Can I Skip a Shipment?: 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
Can I order Bottles without a Club Membership?: No
Who is This Wine Club Best Suited For?
The Food & Wine club has great pricing, but they are most likely going to appeal to the foodie with a desire for great wines. Because they put a lot of emphasis on recipes and pairings, someone who reads and follows Food & Wine magazine will enjoy this club more than a member that does not.
What We Like and What We Don't Like
A club that features wine pairings and recipes exclusively from the Food & Wine Magazine has to be good. While they come from a refined group of wine experts, they feature a per bottle price that is relatively affordable.
There are no contracts and members can cancel anytime – but members cannot skip shipments. So, a member may have to cancel just to skip one shipment. The club does give you the option to hold your shipment, but you will still be obligated to fulfill that shipment within the order. The shipping rates are not included in the price and they are a little high.
Members do, however, get discounts on additional purchases, earn reward points for future discounts, and receive expert information from Food & Wine test kitchen team members.
The Food and Wine Club is now part of The Global Wine Cellars Club. The Food & Wine wine club is hosted by the Food & Wine magazine editorial staff. This club deals exclusively in limited production and fine wines from around the world that come with recipes from the magazine for a perfect pairing every time.