With bars and restaurants shuttered, many of us home-bound drinkers are missing the expert recommendations of sommeliers, cicerones, and bartenders. If you want to take the guesswork out of bottle shopping, opt for a curated delivery service, that offers personalized or expert-selected spirits, wines and cocktails delivered right to your home. Here are our top 6 alcohol subscription services.
Sourced Craft Cocktails
Sourced Craft Cocktails is keeping bartenders in a job by hiring up out-of-work local bartenders in New York City, Dallas, Austin, and San Francisco. Each bartender source local spirits and fruit, creates custom cocktails, and delivers bar-quality batched cocktails directly to your door. Each order yields twelve drinks and a portion of the proceeds goes to the USBG Bartender Relief Fund.
Plonk Wine Club
This delivery wine service shines a light on small-scale independent producers with a particular knack for organic and biodynamic practices. Expect oenophile-loved hidden gems, spanning lesser-known grape varietals like Zweigelt, Arinto and Mencia, from a globe of different regions – it’s a particularly great option for those looking to expand their wine knowledge. Plonk Wine Club offers up four bottles for $110 a month.
Or, opt for a more unconventional subscription set. California-based Haus sends over bottles of their aperitifs du jour, ranging in flavors from ginger yuzu, citrus flower, bitter clove, or a seasonal rose. All aperitifs are made with unoaked grapes and spiked with naturally-sourced elderflower, star anise, clover, and lemon extracts. The low-proof, sessionable sippers are perfect for when quarantine happy hour starts a little early. Monthly memberships include two or more bottles.
Mash and Grape
Mash and Grape is mainly an online booze store, yes, but they also offer carefully-curated subscription services for whiskey, bourbon, scotch, gin, and tequila lovers. The club includes a selection of lesser-known bottles from small and independent distillers, along with tasting notes and origin stories. Prices depend on your spirit of choice. Gin? Will set you back $44/month. Tequila and rum sit at $54, and Scotch, $79.
This Oregon-specific, Cellar 503 Wine Club, collects bottles from passionate vintners from around the state, putting a keen focus on boutique producers (often making under 2,000 cases per year). CEO and Founder Carrie Wynkoop curates the boxes herself, centering each shipment around quirky themes like ‘unique vessels’ and ‘female winemakers’, or curated to specific regions in the state. Memberships start at $45 a month (+ shipping) and can be customized for white, red, or mixed packs, all tied up with personalized tasting notes and origin stories.
Orange Glou Wine Club
Calling all-natural wine fans: sommelier Doreen Winkler puts together boxes of highly-allocated skin contact (or “orange”) wines from around the globe. (Winkler has access to these through years spent cultivating relationships with winemakers from around the globe in her time as a sommelier.) For $105 a month, Orange Glou Wine Club will send you three bottles or upgrade to six bottles with a price tag of $195. Expect bottles from cult-followed producers, like Radikon, Calcarius, Brutal, and Costadila. Does the term ‘orange wine’ make you think of yeasty, hazy white wines? Winkler will break that stigma, serving up full body rosey wines to crispy Slovenian rieslings.