Not just a review of one wine this time, but instead a WSJ Wine Club Review. As an affiliate, I wanted to do a WSJ Wine Club Review and share my recommendation of what I think is a great deal.
As a reader of the Wall Street Journal, I had always seen the ads for the WSJ Wine Club and was impressed with the price point of the first case. It works out to less than $8.00 a bottle for a 12 bottle case of wine, including tax and shipping!
Plus, it’s convenient and you get unique wines you probably won’t find at the store.
I personally paid the $69.99 plus tax and shipping to place an order with the WSJ Wine Club. Below is a complete review of the process, and what I received. Pictures included!
Please be sure to check out my 2014 update at the bottom. I had an interesting conversation with someone about their wine club experience.
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WSJ Wine Club Review – General Facts
- The introductory case is highly discounted ($69.99 plus tax and shipping) so you get a case of unique wines at a great price.
- The price per case (one every 3 months) after the first case is $149.99 plus tax and shipping.
- A wine advisor is available to you for free by calling so you can get personal service.
- Delivery is available to over 30 states.
WSJ Wine Club Review – Pros
- 100% money-back guarantee.
- Can cancel at any time if you decide the club is not a good fit for you.
- 20% savings on future cases.
- Option to choose all reds, all whites or a mixed case. Can change preferences at any time which means you can tailor your choices to the season or your personal tastes.
- Not forced to create an account, though it’s worth doing because then you can track your cases and see what wines are going into your personal case.
- Confirmation email sent immediately so you aren’t guessing if the order went through or not.
- Premium wines from top quality producers around the world.
- 2-3 week advance notice of next case prior to shipping. This makes it easy to delay or skip cases.
- Free tasting notes included with each case so you have accurate info about the wine you’re drinking.
WSJ Wine Club Review – Cons
- Only option is to receive cases quarterly. A monthly option would have been nice.
- Though reasonable, shipping ($19.99) is not included in the introductory price.
- Because it’s alcohol, someone 21 or over needs to be home to accept delivery. Or, you can have the box held at a nearby FedEx location and pick it up yourself.
WSJ Wine Club Review – My Actual Experience
On the order page you’ll enter your information and see the free gift you’ll receive. You’ll also be given an option to create an account, which I did.
As you are entering your information you’ll likely get a message with the name and location of the retailer that will be putting your case together to ship to you. The Wall Street Journal is a highly trusted financial publication and, since they have a reputation to uphold, they partner with high quality retailers for the WSJ Wine Club. I like the fact that they did that because if there had been any problems, I had the name and location of the retailer. Fortunately, everything went smoothly.
After you’ve entered all your information you click on Confirm Order to place your order and join the club. There’s just one screen to enter your info and place your order. Nice and simple.
After that, you are taken to the order Thank You page (see below) where you can Print your Order Summary and see all the information about your order. A couple of important points for you to note: You are charged sales tax and shipping is $19.99 (a case of wine is fairly heavy so that’s not too bad a price).
I was impressed that my estimated delivery date was less than the 10-14 days stated on the WSJ Wine Club order page.
Here’s a picture of the Thank You page:
And here’s a picture of the Print Order Summary page (personal information is erased).
Within a few days I was able to see that my order had been sent to FedEx for shipping. Soon after, my ship date was established and I was pleasantly surprised to see that, sure enough, my wine would be arriving only 9 days after placing my order. This was, again, even faster than the 10-14 days promised. Once FedEx had my package, I received an email confirming the arrival date. Here’s a picture of the tracking information.
My wine arrived on the day of expected delivery with no damage.
Inside the box, everything was as expected. The box contained the wine, a corkscrew set, a welcome brochure, a catalog, tasting notes for each wine and a 3 ring binder for the notes. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so let’s start with the box:
Next, the box after opening and its contents:
Here’s the free gifts:
So, in summary… On time, no suprises, good quality and a great deal. The corkscrew set plus the tasting notes with 3 ring binder is a great bonus. Those corkscrew sets alone are a $50 value! (I’ve been using the corkscrew for awhile now and it works very well. The corks come out fast and smoothly.)
Update July/August 2013: I’ve tried several of the wines and have liked them all. I’ve especially liked the El Bombero 2011 and the 2010 Pillastro.
Also, I received an email letting me know that my next case was going to be shipped in about two weeks. I decided that was too soon for me (plus I wanted to test the process). So, I went into my account online and easily moved the delivery out a few weeks. There was also an option to skip that case if I wanted to.
They did a great job of making it simple and quick (took about 30 seconds). This was a good test of their service and I continue to be impressed.
If you have any questions about my experience, send me an email and I’ll try my best to answer.
Update October 2013: A reader sent me an email and asked if you get charged when you reschedule a delivery. The answer is no, you only get charged when the wine is actually shipped to you, not before.
Update 2014: I had an email conversation with a reader who only likes sweet wines. Moscatos and Reislings, for example. I suggested she contact the club and ask to speak to their wine concierge about her preference. She went ahead and did that. They told her that most of the wines in the club are not the sweet type that she likes. I was very impressed to find out that they didn’t try to steer her into a club that didn’t match her tastes.
After hearing about her experience, I’m now even more confident with their ability to do right by the customer.