If you’re looking for a WSJ Wine Review from a paying customer, you’re in the right place!
In this review you’ll get the facts, pros and cons, buying process and pictures of what’s inside the box.
As a WSJ Wine customer, I wanted to do a review of the club and share my recommendation of what I think is a great deal.
Some background… Being a reader of the Wall Street Journal, I had always seen the ads for the club and was impressed with the price point of the first case. It works out to less than $7.00 a bottle for a 12 bottle case of wine!
And for 2020, WSJwine is now throwing in three extra bottles, bringing the per-bottle price down to a little over $5.00 a bottle. Nice!
Plus, the club is convenient and you get unique wines you probably won’t find at the store.
WSJ Wine Review – What I Found
In the interest of keeping the “honest” in Honest Wine Reviews, the links on this page are affiliate links. That means if you click through and make a purchase, I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you, which helps me to pay for the costs of running this site. I only recommend products that I believe provide good value. So good in this case, I purchased this club myself and am pleased to share this WSJ Wine review, including both the Pros and the Cons of this club.
To be clear, I personally paid out of pocket to place an order with the Wall Street Journal Wine Club and test them out.
Below is a complete review of the process, and what I received.
Also, be sure to check out my Customer Experience Updates at the bottom of this review.
I had an interesting conversation with someone about their wine club experience. See #2 at the bottom of this page.
And, updated for 2020, the free gift (worth $65.97) has been made even better.
WSJ Wine Review: General Facts
- Delivery is available to over 30 states. (See Shipping and Delivery at Bottom of the Order Page)
- The introductory 12 (plus three more for 2020) bottle case is highly discounted ($79.99 plus tax and shipping) so you get 15 bottles of unique wines at a great price.
- The price per case (one every 3 months) after the first case is $159.99 plus tax and shipping and is a 12 bottle case.
- A wine concierge is available to you for free by calling so you can get personal service.
WSJ Wine Review: Pros
- 100% money-back guarantee, even if you don’t like a wine they send you.
- You can cancel at any time if you decide the club is not right for you.
- At least 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.
- Confirmation email sent right away so you aren’t guessing if the order went through or not.
- Premium wines from unique, 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 and the story behind it.
- Can create an account that lets you manage your membership online.
- Rewards and upgrades for club members, including magnums, luxury bottles and credits.
- VIP offers for club members, including early access to some deals.
WSJ Wine Review: Cons
- The only available 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.
My Actual Experience
On the order page you’ll enter your information and see the free gift.
As you are entering your information you may 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 Wall Street Journal 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.
You’ll have an opportunity to create an online account. I did this and found it helpful for managing my wine club and the wines to be sent to me.
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).
Another thing I liked is that when they start to process your order, you can see online which wines are going into your case. Another good reason to create an account.
Within a few days I was able to see that my order had been sent to FedEx for shipping. Soon after, my shipping 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 welcome brochure, a catalog, and tasting notes for each wine. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so let’s start with the box:
Next, the box after opening:
Here’s the binder and tasting notes:
Note: The binder to hold the tasting notes now appears to be coming with the delivery of your second case, but you still get the tasting notes.
And finally, here’s the wines. All very good and exactly as expected:
So, in summary… On time, no surprises, good quality and a great deal.
Update After First Shipment:
I’ve tried several of the wines and have liked them all. I’ve especially liked the El Bombero and the Pillastro.
Following that, with each subsequent case, I’ve been getting an email from the Wall Street Journal Wine Club letting me know when my next case is going to be shipped.
They let you know about two weeks in advance.
Testing the Delayed Ship Process:
I decided I wanted to find out for sure if I could delay a case for a few weeks.
So, I went into my account online and easily moved one of my deliveries 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) and my case was delayed as I requested.
This was a good test of their service and I continue to be impressed.
Customer Experience Updates:
#1. 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.
#2. 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.