Want to Learn More About Wine? Try These Seattle Wine Clubs

Crunchy Red Fruit, Glinda, and More
November 16, 2020
The local wine club Crunchy Red Fruit sends you bottles curated by a former Canlis sommelier, plus recipes, music pairings, and videos. (Crunchy Red Fruit)

Looking to support local businesses and also learn more about wine this holiday season? Try a wine club! Seattle is home to a wealth of clubs, from hip natural wine subscriptions like the ones at Glinda and Left Bank to more traditional ones like those at Elsom Cellars and Chateau Ste. Michelle. Whether you're looking for a thoughtful gift for your favorite oenophile or just to treat yourself to a bit of at-home decadence since you can't dine indoors at restaurants right now, we've gathered a selection for you to choose from. For more inspiration, check out our full food and drink guide.

MONTHLY

Addo
Ingrid Lyublinsky, the director of operations at Eric Rivera's experimental pop-up restaurant, curates three, five, or 10 bottles a month for Addo's monthly wine club subscription, available for pickup or delivery. The bottles are a surprise, but you can inform Ingrid of anything you'd like to avoid when you sign up.
Ballard
Pickup or delivery
$85-$255 a month

Brimmer & Heeltap
The Ballard gastropub's founder Jen Doak started the monthly "Common Cents Wine Club," which focuses on natural and ethical wines, to "bring some of our favorite wines to you, and to help us all stay more connected as we share meals together." You can sign up to receive three or six wines each month. If you're looking for something to pair with your wine, there's also a monthly cheese club with three or six cheeses each month. Orders are ready on the last Wednesday of each month and available for pickup within 48 hours or for free delivery within three blocks of the restaurant. (For November and December, pickups will be a bit earlier to allow customers to get their wine and cheese in time for the holidays. The deadline for signups for November is November 17, while the deadline for December is December 15.)
Ballard
Pickup or free delivery within three blocks
$50-$100 a month

Champion Wine Cellars
Champion's "Premier" and "Grande" wine clubs both offer options for three or six bottles a month and have multiple ways to customize the offerings to your preferences, from the types of wines you prefer to drink to your personal wine drinking style (such as "big and bold," "adventurer," or "the seasonalist"). Every package includes tasting notes, wine history, and recipes for suggested pairings. Other benefits include a 5% discount off other purchases and a waived tasting fee. Orders are fulfilled on the 15th of each month and must be placed by the 10th to participate in that month's wine club.
Greenwood
Pickup or delivery
$62-$124 a month

Glinda
This recently opened Capitol Hill natural wine shop named for the benevolent and sparkly Wizard of Oz witch has a monthly wine club with tiers for "good" (two bottles for everyday drinking), "great" (two limited bottles "that tell a distinct story"), and "gorgeous" (four bottles from the "good" and "great" tiers with an added discount). Each comes with notes, 5% discount on retail wine purchases all month long, and exclusive invites to tastings and events once that's possible again. Pickup is available for all tiers on the first Thursday of each month, and the "Gorgeous" tier is also available for Seattle delivery the first Saturday of each month.
Capitol Hill
Pickup or delivery
$55-$125 a month

Left Bank
Feel like a natural wine cool kid with Left Bank's clubs, "Wine Clique" (a monthly subscription for six bottles) and "Coterie Club" (a monthly subscription with three to four special bottles). Both come with tasting and pairing notes and a soundtrack, plus a 5% discount on all purchases.
South Park
Pickup or delivery
$110-$120 a month

L'Oursin
The charming French bistro's "Vagrant Wine Club" is a "collective of like-minded vins naturels enthusiasts," with six curated bottles of organic and biodynamic wine revolving around a certain theme each month, plus extensive notes, recipes from the bar and kitchen, and "whatever other extras and surprises we're compelled to include." Options are available for one month ($150), six months ($855), or a year ($1620).
Central District
Pickup
$150-$1620

Marseille
The Capitol Hill natural wine shop has a wine club with three different monthly plans: "Glou-Glou, Glug-Glug" (three bottles of drinkable everyday wines), "Take Your Time" (three more complex bottles), and "Have It All (all six bottles from the other two plans).
Capitol Hill
Pickup or delivery
$65-$150 a month

Molly's Bottle Shop
For her "Molly's Bottle Club," Molly's Bottle Shop owner Molly Ringe hand-picks four bottles each month and includes details about the wine and winemaker, food pairing suggestions, tasting notes, and more. Signup is due by the end of the month for pickup the following month.
Ballard
Pickup
$120 a month

Portalis Wine Shop
This wine shop offers a wine club for every budget, including an inexpensive "Portalis Explores" club with two bottles for $30 or under each month, a slightly more expensive "Portalis Flagship" club with two or three bottles a month around a specific theme, and a "Full Boat" club with offerings from both other clubs. All options come with emailed tasting notes.
Ballard
Pickup or delivery
$30-$120 a month

Wide Eyed Wines
The "Bottle Rocket Club" at this recently opened shop inside Chophouse Row offers four bottles of "awesome natural, organic and biodynamic wine" a month. Later on, the club will have more options for customization, as well as tasting videos and producer information.
Capitol Hill
Pickup
$99 a month

QUARTERLY

Bottlehouse
This Madrona wine bar and shop has a "Thirsty Wine Club" with four quarterly packages of three or six bottles of wine, with different themes for each year and season. This year's theme is "Supernatural 2.0," a continuation of last year's natural wine theme.
Madrona
Pickup
$120-$240 per quarter

Chateau Ste. Michelle
The Woodinville wine estate's "Vintage Reserve Club" has several options, including a "Heritage Reserve" with six or 12 bottles of white and red four times a year, an "Estate Rouge" with four wines per quarter, an "Estate" with two white and two red wines per quarter, and an "Estate Blanc" with four white wines per quarter. All include exclusive winery benefits and a 20% discount on other wines.
Woodinville
Pickup or delivery
$70-$500 per quarter

BIANNUAL

Aluel Cellars
A wine club membership at this urban wine tasting room affords you plenty of perks, including two shipments of six bottles of wine each year (12 bottles total) with a 10% discount, 20% case discounts and 15% half-case discounts, 10% all other purchases, opportunities to taste new and limited releases first, a free flight of your choice, and additional discounts during the business's two Wine Club Appreciation Months.
Capitol Hill
Delivery
$170-$220 per shipment

Elsom Cellars
This Northwest winery has wine club options for a "Craftsman Select" (a dozen bottles twice a year with options for customization) as well as "Artisan Reds" (six different red varietals twice a year). Wine club members also receive 20% discount on all tasting room and website wine bottle purchases in addition to other perks.
SoDo
Pickup or delivery

XOBC Cellars
The local Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Brandi Carlile has launched her own wine club with rosé, grenache, and syrah, with proceeds benefiting her nonprofit the Looking Out Foundation, which distributes funds to a variety of underrepresented causes and has currently set up an emergency fund for vulnerable and at-risk communities affected by COVID-19. The wines are produced by winemaker Sean Boyd and are sent out twice a year, in the fall and spring.
Online
Delivery
$180-$150 per shipment

OTHER

Crunchy Red Fruit
This wine club sends six shipments a year of six bottles chosen by Jackson Rohrbaugh, a master sommelier who spent a decade as a bartender, server, and sommelier at Canlis. Each delivery comes with recipes chosen by chefs, music pairings, and videos. The club also hosts Zoom wine tastings.
Online
Delivery
$189 per shipment

Locus Wines
The club for this Seattle-based urban winery has three levels: "fanatic" (two bottles sent three times a year), "stalker" (four bottles sent three times a year), and "sociuspath" (six bottles sent three times a year). All come with discounts for online purchases or at the winery's Pioneer Square tasting room.
Pioneer Square
Pickup or delivery
$55-$170 per shipment


Mainstay Provisions
If you're pining for a vacation while in lockdown, try venturing to distant lands via this all-day cafe and specialty market's wine club, which features four curated bottles of wine from a different country every other Thursday, plus a regional food pairing. It even comes with a passport with a template for tasting notes that you can bring in for stamps. You can pay by country or take the whole "tour."
Ballard
Pickup
$110-$510

Seattle Wine Outlet
This shop owned by longtime wine journalist Richard Kinssies has a club with a variety of options available for pickup or delivery, including quarterly or monthly, six-packs or 12-packs, and red, white, or a mix of the two.
Queen Anne
Pickup or delivery
$125-$230 per shipment