Firstleaf Wine Club Review
I recently received a shipment from the Firstleaf Wine Club, promoted as “A new way to buy your favorite wine.” We've seen this model before: answer a few questions about what type of chocolate you like and how you drink your coffee and the wine club will send you wines customized for you. But Firstleaf goes further, asking you to review the wines you receive at each shipment, customizing your next selection and refining their method for choosing the best wines for you.
To get started, spend 15 seconds and answer these questions:
- What wines do you like?
- Which regions?
- How many bottles do you drink per month?
You'll then be presented with 3 wines which their algorithm recommends for you. You can keep those wines, or choose a pre-packaged shipment of Award-winning Wines, Founder's Favorites or Big Reds for $15 plus $4.95 shipping. Even if you cancel after that first shipment, this is a great value ($6.65 per bottle, shipped to you) to get some new wines sent to your door, based on your own taste preferences.
What's in the Box
When I was sent my shipment (shipping is FAST!), I received the Founder's Favorites: Paso Del Tiempo 2015 Old Vine Garnacha, Open Secret 2016 Pinot Noir and Whipstitch 2016 Chenin Blanc. The retail price of these three bottles is $81, but you can get these same wines delivered to you for under $20.
I'm always happy to see wines shipped in cardboard vs. styrofoam. I've never received a broken bottle, and would rather recycle the packaging instead of contributing to a landfill.
Upon opening the box, there was an envelope with tasting notes (my favorite part of receiving wine from a wine club). After all these years, I'm better at pairing wine with food and identifying the different flavors, but I like to compare my choices to what the experts say. Firstleaf disappointed me here, however, as I only received tasting notes for the Paso Del Tiempo 2015 Old Vine Garnacha. If I were a member of the club, I could have logged into my account and read the notes online, but I like to keep the hard copy with the bottle in my cellar.
My wife and I were hosting Friendsgiving, so we opened the Open Secret 2016 Pinot Noir. Everyone tastes wine differently and we review wine clubs, not the wine sent in the club. But I will say this bottle did not disappoint. It went well with the meal and our guests were satisfied with it.
As a club for yourself, this is a great value to get started and a great concept. The longer you stay a club member, the better job Firstleaf does matching their wines to your tastes. Ongoing shipments cost $79 plus $9.95 shipping but that's for 6 bottles, so you're paying just under $15 per bottle for wine chosen for you.
You can set the frequency of shipments to come every 1, 2, or 3 months. So if you go through 6 bottles per month, get the shipment sent to you monthly. But if you're only opening 2 bottles per month, have your shipments sent every 3 months.
Because an adult must sign for the club shipment, you can even log in to your Firstleaf account and set the exact date of arrival for your next club. This is especially handy if you're having your club sent to your house, but you're not home every day.
Firstleaf as a Gift
We know that the majority of wine clubs are sent as gifts, but this is not an option from the Firstleaf website. When I asked, I was told you can call or email them to arrange this, which (to me) sounds like you'll end up putting your credit card on the recipient's account. Another option is that you can buy packs of wine to ship to others without any commitment or subscription but again, not via their website (yet). While this club is fantastic for yourself, if you're looking to give the gift of a wine club I suggest you look at our top wine club gifts.
You can't miss on Firstleaf's introductory offer: 3 bottles of wine delivered to you for under $20. If you're looking for a club for yourself that customizes the selection based on your preferences, I recommend giving Firstleaf a try. But if you're looking to send a gift then I suggest you review our most popular wine clubs.
Firstleaf Wine Club's shipments are matched to your taste and delivered on your schedule.
- Introductory offer: 3 bottles for under $20
- Wines are customized just for you
- Flexible shipping schedule and specific delivery dates
- Sparkling wine option
- No easy gift-giving option