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Detailed California Wine Club review with Pros, Cons and Pictures from a paying customer.  Includes link to current discounts.

I personally paid to become a member of the California Wine Club so that I could give you this detailed California Wine Club review from the perspective of an actual customer.

And be sure to check out my update near the bottom of the review. It has more detail on the wines I’ve received, after being in the club for awhile.

As an affiliate of the California Wine Club, I wanted to make sure my review includes a full description of the ordering process and pictures of everything I received.

Please note, some links on this page are affiliate links.  This means if you purchase a product through an affiliate link or button, I will receive a commission at no additional cost to you.

California Wine Club Review:  General Facts

  • The California Wine Club offers multiple club levels including Premier, Signature, International, Aged Cabernet and Pacific Northwest:  Each has it’s own price level.
  • The most popular club is the Premier Series with deliveries that start at $43.45 (new price as of January 2024).
  • The club is a Wine of the Month Club.  You pay as you go and get two wines each month from small artisan wineries.
  • You can choose two reds, two whites, or one of each.
  • They ship to all U.S. states, including Hawaii and Alaska.  Shipping takes about 7-10 business days.
  • They are located in Ventura, California and have been in business since 1990.
  • You can also choose to receive your wines quarterly or every other month.

California Wine Club Review:  Pros

  • Unique and high quality wines from Artisan Wineries in California wine country.  This means you’ll receive wines you probably won’t find in stores.  And, you’ll be able to share hard to find wines with friends and family that they probably haven’t tried before.
  • There’s no obligation and you can cancel at any time.  Great if you decide The California Wine Club is not for you or finances get tight.
  • If finances get tight and you want to reduce the amount of shipments, you can call and they’ll change your delivery frequency.  I called and checked on this, myself.
  • No fees to join.
  • No cancellation fees to leave.
  • If you don’t enjoy a bottle you receive from The California Wine Club, they’ll either replace it or send an immediate refund.  (100% Guarantee)
  • A Wine Guide is sent with each shipment explaining the wines you received.
  • A “Personal Wine Consultant” is available to help with choices and questions.

California Wine Club Review:  Cons

  • Because wine is an alcoholic beverage, someone age 21 or over has to be home to receive delivery.

California Wine Club Review:  My Personal Experience

I chose the Premier Series.  After making that choice on the initial screen I was given the option to choose the type of wine I wanted (Red, White or One of Each) and how often I wanted to receive delivery (Monthly, Every Other Month, or Quarterly).

I chose Reds, Monthly.

After making that choice and clicking Add to Cart, I was brought to the Checkout Screen:

California Wine Club Add to Cart

After clicking on Checkout, I was brought to the Checkout Method screen where I Created an Account and Chose Shipping (I picked Ground).

Here’s those screens:

The California Wine Club Checkout Method
The California Wine Club Account Registration
The California Wine Club Shipping Info

I then clicked on the link to read the Important Shipping Info:

The California Wine Club Important Shipping Info

I then entered my payment info and reviewed and placed my order.  Here’s those screens:

The California Wine Club Payment Info
The California Wine Club Review Order
The California Wine Club Order Complete

Shortly after completing my order, I received a Welcome email and an Order Confirmation email.  In the order confirmation email I received the name of my “Personal Wine Consultant” and also that my order would arrive in 7-10 business days.

Exactly seven days later my package arrived!

Everything in the box was in perfect shape and the two wines were at a normal temperature.

There were also coupons for discounts, a brochure on the wines and more information about the club.

California Wine Club Review:  Pictures

Box first opened:

California Wine Club Box First Opened

Everything inside the box as I opened it:

California Wine Club Packing Inside Box
California Wine Club Packing Opened
California Wine Club Envelopes
California Wine Club Free Gifts

And finally, here’s the two wines I received from Rucksack Cellars.  One is a Zinfandel and the other is a Barbera.  Both were 2012 vintage and were very enjoyable.

California Wine Club Wines

California Wine Club Review:  Overall

My favorite thing about The California Wine Club is the low price of entry.  Many other clubs require a much bigger investment up front and with each delivery.

Also, the flexibility The California Wine Club offers (monthly, every other month, or quarterly deliveries) is great.

They also allow you the option to receive three and four bottle shipments.  And, they’ll even cover the extra shipping cost for them!

So, overall I’m impressed with this club and feel I can safely recommend it to others.

Update After Receiving More Deliveries

Now that I’ve received several deliveries from the club, I thought I would share my opinions on the wines I received.

I’m happy to say that all the wines have been great and very unique (enjoyable flavors, too).

Here are three that I especially liked:

Fess Parker Frontier Red, Lot 90

Fess Parker Frontier Red

This red wine blend had aromas of black fruits and tobacco.  Flavors of cherry and dark chocolate.  A nice long finish that got better and better after breathing.

The blend is 42% Syrah, 26% Merlot, 17% Grenache, 5% Petit Syrah, 4% Mourvedre, 3% Counoise, 3% Sangiovese.  Fess Parker was the actor known for playing Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.

Pinot Patch Pinot Noir

Pinot Patch Pinot Noir

From Mendocino, the Central Coast and the Salinas Valley, this wine won a Bronze Medal at the Houston Wine Competition.  Look for aromas of blackberry and cranberry and flavors of red fruits and spice.

This wine is actually a blend of Pinot Noir and 1% Syrah to give it a bit of color.

They recommend pairing this with steak, duck, hamburgers and pizza.  I agree!

Viansa Sangiovese

Viansa Sangiovese

From Sonoma County, this Sangiovese is aged in 13% new oak barrels.  On the nose, this wine gives forth aromas of raspberry and bright cherry.  On the palate, flavors include vanilla and pepper with a long finish.

This one is also a blend, with 75% Sangiovese and 25% Primitivo.

And, this wine can be cellared for up to eight years.  Enjoy with a big plate of spaghetti and tomato sauce.

If you’re looking for great tasting, hand picked wines from California that come from small Artisan Wineries, give The California Wine Club a try.


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