I'll admit that I think the whole “Christmas in July” thing is just another marketing ploy that I usually ignore. But in the case of saving money on wine, I will never ignore a good deal! In addition, when you can combine it with ordering gifts early so that you have less to worry about come November/December, it's especially appealing.
The best deal that I have seen so far comes from The California Wine Club. You can order a wine club for someone now and receive 15% off. You won't be billed and the club will not be shipped until December. How perfect is that? I recommend the Premier Series. Great wines at a good price. You can even include a gift message. Order them all now so that you can save the 15% plus cross those people off your shopping list before you even start it. (This special ends August 31, but I wouldn't wait until then or you will probably forget about it.)
With The California Wine Club you can choose how often you want the bottles shipped (monthly, every other month, or quarterly) plus how many shipments you want. That makes it a really flexible gift giving you a wide price range in which to choose your gift. Plus, they will include a special gift message inside the first shipment.
Looking for individual bottle deals rather than a full wine club subscription?
Windsor Vineyards Thanks a Bunch 12-Bottle Collection– Save $42 on this selection of 12 bottles meant for gift giving. Even better? You can have custom labels put on the bottles that say who they are from and wish the recipient a Merry Christmas. At about $15 a bottle it would make a perfect gift. Order now and set them aside in a cool area so you will have them ready for December.