Wine Subscriptions Services That Make Great Holiday Gifts

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There's nothing classier than giving someone a great bottle of wine.

It’s polite to bring a bottle to a holiday party as a host gift. But when you’re celebrating a deeper relationship, why not make the wine last? This year for the holidays, there are more clubs and collections than ever, for which the pros source exceptional wines—for regular shipments throughout the year or one big, splashy delivery. From vintage Burgundies to the latest orange wines, we’ve rounded up wine services for every palate.

Wine Access Wine Club

Court of Master Sommeliers Krug Cup winner Sur Lucero and Morimoto Group’s former global beverage director Eduardo Dingler is among the Avengers-like crew of wine superheroes that curates Wine Access’s club selections. Their specialty is highly allocated small-batch wines from their home region of Napa, but they mix it up with quarterly shipment themes like “Soils of the World.” Each season, they’ll send your pal a half case of finds and give them access to snappy tasting videos and discounts on their larger inventory. 

To buy: $150/quarter; 

Vinley Market Wine Box Subscription

Millennial entrepreneur Erin Vaughen rounds up wines for her generation: earth-friendly micro-productions from start-up hipster labels and emerging appellations: an organic Andalusian palomino; a natural wine from the Loire; reds made for chilling. Send quirky monthly cheer with the Bubbles & Rosé Box, including an obscure cremant, cava, or other sparkler paired with a blushing bottle of unusual origin, like Say When’s mourvèdre-based rosé from California’s Central Coast. 

To buy: $59–79/month;

Orange Glou Wine Club

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Sommelier Doreen Winkler thinks here’s nothing sexier than skin contact—in wine. A veteran of restaurants including Aska to Aldea, Winkler specializes in new, rare, and highly allocated orange wines from natural, organic, and biodynamic producers the world over. Now she’s launched a club to bring a mix of three or six bottles from hot-shot wineries like Friuli’s Radikon and the Bay Area’s Donkey & Goat to the doorstep of your choice on a monthly basis. 

To buy: $105–195; 

SommSelect DRINK LIKE A SOMM “Six Blind Wines” Club

If you watched his star turn in the “Somm” film series, you know what a learned obsessive master sommelier Ian Cauble is. Each month, he puts members through the paces, sending a half-dozen black-wrapped bottles from classic regions covered on the master sommelier exam, along with instructions for setting up a blind tasting, detailed tasting notes, and pairing suggestions. Help a friend exercise their senses and learn to drink like a somm. 

To buy: $199/month; 

Chambers Street Wines Grand Cru Club

The geeks at New York’s lauded downtown wine shop remap the world of fine wine, elevating remarkable and, in their opinion, under-designated vineyards. For enophiles who will only drink the top tier, this club delivers established grand crus while introducing a range of worthy “shoulda-been” contenders: cabernet franc from Chinon’s Les Picasses; pinot noir from Gevrey Chambertin’s prestigious premiere cru vineyard, Clos St. Jacques. Sign someone up and start a friendly argument about the meaning of terroir. 

To buy: $434.99/3 months; $869.99/6 months; 

Elden Selections Hospices Wine

For the Burgundy lover who has everything, how about a portion of a bespoke barrel from the Hospices de Beaune auction? The celebrated event funds the upkeep of Burgundy’s 1443 almshouse-turned-museum and supports its modern-day hospital. Elden Selections’ Eleanor Garvin and Dennis Sherman are your proxies, live-messaging their bidding to bring your loved one into the action. The auction is the third Sunday in November, and the wine won’t be shipped for another year after, so gratification is delayed. But for an extra-special thrill (and a lot more cash), you can send your pal to stay at the couple’s manor house and attend in person. 

To buy: from $1,000/case; 

Sotheby’s Instant Cellars

Jumpstart an oenophile's collection with one of four Instant Cellars from the wine experts at the New York auction house. Train a newbie with the 50-bottle Introductory Cellar, ranging from the Loire’s Andre Dezat Sancerre Rosé, with its strawberry lilt, to a spice-and-minerals premier cru from Burgundy’s Domaine Fourrier. Or build your beloved’s portfolio with the Investment Cellar, 15 half-cases of blockbusters like Saint Emilion’s Angelus. Each collection comes with a Sotheby’s consultation. 

To buy: $5,000–$25,000; 

Judgement of Napa With Cultured Vine

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There is no more legendary event in wine history than 1976’s Judgement of Paris, when California Cabernets went up against French ones—and won. In May 2020, on the Judgement’s 44th anniversary, wine legends Steven Spurrier and George Taber reprise their roles for a modern-day version of the famed competition, this time held in Napa. Your special someone can sit down beside them and blind-taste their way to infamy, courtesy of the concierge service, Cultured Vine.

To buy: $15,000;