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Twelve Wine Clubs for Every Kind of Wine Drinker

No matter who you are, there's a deal for your taste buds—and a whole lot of perks.

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The days of joining a wine club just for the love of wine (and discounts) are fading fast. The next generation of clubs offers custom events, cycling trips, exclusive access, adventure, travel, and just about everything else. Here are 12 wine clubs broken down by category, so you can pair your favorite wine with your favorite pastimes:

Best Wine Club for Insiders: Pahlmeyer
Pahlmeyer often has a waiting list for its wines and many limited releases never make it to the public. By signing up as a “Preferred Member,” you gain access to small-batch creations and extremely-limited releases, like last year's re-release of the library 2004 Proprietary Red, rated 98 points, the upcoming Piece de Resistance and Agent Provocateur malbec, and the winery's newest red hot Wayfarer Vineyard Sonoma Coast pinot noir.

Best Wine Club for Sparkling Wine: Domaine Chandon
This club delivers bubbly to your door six times a year and offers up discounts and first dibs on exclusive wines, limited-edition bottles, new releases, club-exclusive events, and other fun perks. It also throws a mean party at the winery and hosts events in luxury boxes at baseball games.

Best Wine Clubs for Cabernet: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery and Sequoia Grove Winery
Most people join Spottswoode wine club for the estate cabernet sauvignon. Robert Parker once said: “If Château Margaux were in Napa Valley, it would be Spottswoode.” Those looking for a bigger variety of cabernet and cabernet blends should check out Sequoia Grove, which offers many options and shipments and as many as nine different cabernets.

Best Wine Club for Pinot: Landmark Vineyards
Landmark Vineyards sources pinot noir from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Maria Valley, and Monterey, and offers seven different pinots. The Steel Plow club showcases the effects of soil, climate, and viticulture—and the overall diversity of pinot noir in California.

Best Wine Club for Zinfandel: St. Anne’s Crossing Winery
St Anne’s Crossing in Sonoma offers 22 different zinfandels from six different appellations including Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Mendocino, Alexander Valley, and Rockpile. 

Best Wine Club for Perks: Swanson Vineyards
Swanson Vineyards opens up its secret stash of winery-only wines just for its club members. All club members receive special perks like invites to themed quarterly pick up parties with tasty food, library wines, barrel samples, and an annual party in Napa Valley hosted by owners Clarke and Elizabeth Swanson.

Best Wine Club for Access to Multiple Vineyards: Matrix Winery
When you become a wine club member at Matrix, you are actually joining all of the Wilson Artisan Wineries: Matrix, Wilson, Mazzocco, DeLormier, Soda Rock, Jaxon Keys, St Anne’s Crossing, and Pezzi King. A single membership gets you the discounts and VIP benefits associated with all eight wineries.

Best Wine Club for Adventurers: Cakebread Cellars
Cakebread has all the usual perks but keeps things exciting with experiences and adventures for members that range from sailing and fishing to winter skiing trips.

Best Wine Club for Freebies: J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Very few wineries have as many club-exclusive events as J. Lohr, and even fewer offer as many complimentary events, club member VIP tastings during major wine festivals, and pickup parties.

Best Wine Club for Athletes: Clif Family Winery
Club Peloton from Clif Family winery combines a love of wine and cycling. Every wine club shipment comes with a caddy of the latest Clif Bar products, and members are also invited to join the exclusive annual bike ride around Napa Valley hosted by Clif Bar co-founders and co-owners Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford.  

Best Wine Club for Biodynamic Wines: Benziger Family Winery
The Partners Club from Benziger Family Winery is focused on its estate biodynamic wines, which are made with the highest level of organic grape farming.

Best Wine Club for Going Off the Beaten Path: Harris Estate Vineyards
This winery is a well-kept Calistoga secret. Its “Club 225” is a speakeasy-themed club with exclusive access to its 48-acre estate and the 1,000 cases of cabernet sauvignon that they produce annually. Members are also entered into a lottery to win a stay at the vineyard's 1880’s Victorian, their on-site speakeasy.    

 

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