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Zagat Wine Club Review

Zagat Wine Club has ceased operations, but there are other Direct Wines wine clubs which have similar (if not the same) offers, including Wall St. Journal Wine Club, Virgin Wines and Laithwaites Wine Club.

Rating: ****

Quarterly case club that is good for wine drinkers new to clubs looking to try many different wines.
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  • Select reds, whites, or mixed
  • Low initial price ($69.99)
  • Reorder wines anytime
  • Nice gifts with purchase
  • Good for new wine drinkers
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee


  • Only option is a quarterly case club
  • Additional $19.99 shipping charge
  • No gift options

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Review of Zagat

Is the Zagat Wine Club really as good as it looks? We have evaluated many different wine clubs and have the information you need to decide if Zagat is right for you.

The Zagat Wine Club is essentially the same club as the WSJ Wine Club and Laithwaites but with different selections. Each quarter you will receive your choice of 12 red bottles, 12 white bottles, or a mix of 6 red and 6 white.

For a limited time, you can save $160 on 15 bottles of red wine rather than the regular 12 bottles plus free gift.

There are often some duplicate wines within each shipment. With a price of $69.99 for the first shipment, each bottle is $5.84 $4.67 not including shipping and handling. After the first quarter, the price goes up to $139.99 plus shipping and handling. However, there is no minimum purchase requirement and you may cancel at any time.

Wines in this club come from all over the world, and you will receive tasting notes for each bottle plus a binder to hold the tasting notes. The tasting notes are a good way for you to learn more about the wines, wineries, and even countries of origin. If you find a wine in your case that you like in particular, you can order more of that wine from Zagat at a discount.

The Zagat Wine Club is best for personal purchases as opposed to gifts unless you are planning on taking delivery of the case yourself and then delivering it personally. It does not come with any type of gift enclosure and the case itself is very heavy. The gift with purchase, however, would make a nice gift in and of itself. These gifts do change periodically.

My favorite bottle from the case so far has been the 2010 The Holdings Vintner's Select Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Cabernet Sauvignon is not usually one of my favorite wines, but this one was incredibly good. I definitely think that bottle is worth in the $12-18 range.

If you are looking for a good way to try a wide variety of value priced wine, the basic Zagat Wine Club is a good choice. If you are looking for a higher quality wine, they also have the Zagat Wine Reserve Club, which is a little bit more expensive but still sold by the case.

Visit zagatwine.com & read the full review, including my thoughts on the free gift I received with my purchase.

Reviewed by on September 7, 2013

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Ship-To States

Ships To

Zagat Wine Club ship their Zagat to: Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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Leave A Comment (7)

  1. Zagat Wine club customer service is Pathetic and the worst among other wine clubs like Laithwaite wines. They gave estimated date of delivery of about 6 days and insisted that someone above 18 should be at home when wine is delivered. However there was no advice when they could not ship the wine due to their internal issues resulting in wasted time for a person to sit at home. After a follow up of multiple emails and phone call I was advised that Zagat does not have a system for sending emails to customers for delivery of wines. However I was assured that the case will be delivered on 5th/6th September – within 12 days of the order guaranteed. Today I am advised – after pushing them for reply that they are sorry and cannot deliver till next week due to more internal reasons! No specific date till now! For an organization that gives ratings to others – I would put ZAGAT Wine Club at the bottom of the pile Maximum Half a star out of a possible 5 stars …

    • Hi Rajesh,

      I had a similar issue with my club deliveries when ordering from the various Direct Wine Clubs. The positive is that they are able to ship to more states than any other clubs because they rely on local distributors for delivery. The negative is that they are at the mercy of those local distributors. I didn’t like that I couldn’t get an exact shipping date with the clubs that ship by UPS or FedEx. But I also know that without this arrangement, they wouldn’t be shipping to my state at all.

      My best suggestions for people considering a wine club and the delivery issues would be 1) have it shipped to your place of employment if you can so that you don’t have to worry about the delivery window, and 2) if delivery is an issue, pick a club that you know will deliver via FedEx or UPS (like The California Wine Club, Cellars Wine Club, etc).

      I’m sorry that you had a bad experience and hope that the wine will make up for it. We appreciate you leaving your feedback. It’s exactly the kind of information our readers are looking for!


  2. Do NOT join Zagat Wine. Customer Service is not just horrible, It’s inexistent. They say in the website you can send emails, but I’ve send them 5 emails so far and all of them bounced back to my Spam box as invalid recipient. The I try calling by phone and the waiting list is so long that I couldnt really wait any longer for someone to talk to me. They sent me a case a while ago without my approval and I had to send It back and cancel It in the credit card. Im trying to cancel my membership Its been over a month and with no success. Dont fall in their trap, dont give them your credit/debit card information.

  3. here is my latest cancellation email to Zagat Wines:

    Hi —

    I just wanted to make sure your corporate office is aware of the very bad experience I just had. Several weeks ago, I got an email that I would be receiving a Holiday delivery of wine, and that I didn’t need to do anything…it would be on its way shortly. I was a little upset to find out that if I didn’t want the random delivery, I couldn’t just go online and decline it, like my normal recurring delivery. I had to call and wait on hold to cancel. So I did.

    Then, today, the shipment arrives at my door. I have a doorman who wouldn’t know to refuse delivery. I checked my credit card, and indeed I had been charged for a wine delivery yesterday. I was quite upset.

    I called customer service and was informed that I could either have 20% off the shipment, or return it for refund. I was fine with that, but she stated I won’t receive the refund until the shipment arrives back in your warehouse. This is ridiculous. YOUR company made a mistake, and now the onus is on ME to rectify the situation?

    I told her that was unacceptable, and I will call my credit card company and refuse the charge. She asked me to wait on hold. She returned and told me that they can refund the money as soon as they get notification from the shipping carrier that the package is en route. They couldn’t do it any soon because “how do we know you are going to send it back?”


    Not only did you cause me to go out of my way to ensure I didn’t get a shipment I didn’t want, you then make me go out of my way to get the shipment back to you, and challenge my credibility.

    As an executive in the luxury retail business, I thought you might want to know what happened. I would want the same if I found something out about MY customers’ experience.


  4. Thanks for that feedback, Darren. Is seems like the majority of the complaints that we have seen about all of the Direct Wines companies (WSJ, Zagat, etc) seem to be with the customer service and cancellation/suspension issues.

  5. I’ve been a Zagat wine club member for over a year now. I’ve never had a problem getting notified about an upcoming shipment and cancelling it if I don’t want it. I’ve also been away from home a few times during a delivery and typically just direct them to leave it at a local office and then pick it up myself. No big deal. I’ve never been on hold more than a couple of minutes when calling them. I really enjoy the club as I love to try new wines and don’t have a lot of time to shop. They now offer a flat shipping rate for an entire year ($89) and I’ve been taking advantage by stocking up, which really brings down the price per bottle.

  6. I joined Zagat in early May and bought 15 reds for a total cost of $95.38 ($6.36/bottle), which included shipping and the 6% sales tax. The shipment arrived in about two weeks. After a couple months, I received an e-mail asking if I might place another quarterly purchase or not. I chose not to buy a case for the second quarter and stated that I hadn’t drunk any yet due to dieting and such. No problem.

    Anyway, three months after joining, I decided to make what Zagat calls a special order–this time a 15-bottle summer clearance case of whites and a Mystery Dozen case of mixed reds and whites (these are supposed to be a means for Zagat to clear out their inventory). Those 27 bottles cost a total of $302.06 ($11.19/bottle).

    The per-bottle regular price of the wines in my first purchase ranged from $14 to $22 (median price: $16), those in the summer clearance ranged from $12 to $16, and those in the mystery dozen ranged from $13 to $23 (median price: $17). I experienced zero problems with both purchases, and because I do not drink much, I will take my time (some 14 months) to consume all 42 bottles that I bought so far. So, I will simply not order any more cases for the next few quarters–no big deal.

    I received e-mails of when the shipments were due to arrive, and the driver for the second order called me the evening before and informed me if delivery before 2PM would be OK. All in all, I got three cases and no problems.

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