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Laithwaites Review 2021

Patrick Sather

In a Nutshell

Since 1969, Laithwaites has delivered quality wines from around the world directly to people’s homes. It carries over 600 different wines including reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling wines. Laithwaites lets you customize your subscription based on your tastes and offers a 100% money-back guarantee on each purchase. With its Unlimited plan, you get free shipping and deals on wine packages. Best of all, you can cancel or skip an order anytime.

pros

  • Money-back guarantee
  • Skip or cancel orders anytime
  • Customize selections based on the wines you like

cons

  • Limited selection
  • Not available in Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Mississippi, or Utah

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Laithwaites at a Glance

Price Range: $49.99 for introductory offer, $159.99 thereafter

Best For: Wine lovers looking for large variety of wines

Order Frequency: Every 3 months

Bottles per Shipment:  12 (plus any free gifts for new subscribers or Unlimited members) 

Wine Types and Quality

With Laithwaites, you get access to over 600 types of wines from around the world. Countries featured in its selection include the USA, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. In addition to red and white wines, it offers rosés, sparkling wines, champagne, dessert wines, and ciders. Laithwaites provides food-pairing suggestions with most of its wines, along with taste descriptions so you can find the right wine for your palate. Along with widely available, commercial wines, Laithwaites carries artisanal and award-winning wines. It offers numerous 90-point wines, as well as a few 99-point wines, which rank among the best vintages in the world.

Membership Options

Laithwaites Wine Club members get 12 bottles of wine every 3 months for $159.99 plus $19.99 shipping and handling. However, new members receive an enticing introductory offer and pay only $49.99 for 6 bottles of wine. In addition, Laithwaites will send you two free 99-point reds and complimentary stemless glasses.

For an additional payment of $89 annually, you can upgrade to Laithwaites unlimited shipping plan and get free shipping on all your orders. All members get to choose customization options so that future orders contain more of the bottles you like and fewer of the bottles you don’t.

Pricing

Through its website, Laithwaites allows shoppers to buy wine by the bottle or the case. Single bottles start at $9.99 and cost as much as $1,249.00 per bottle. It offers numerous wine packages, ranging from $121.88 to $233.88 for 12 bottles. New members of its Wine Club get 6 bottles for $49.99, with each subsequent shipment of 12 bottles costing $159.99 plus shipping and handling. Alternatively, you can become an Unlimited member for $89 per year and earn free shipping on each order.

Plan
Bottles/month
Price per bottle
Total price
Shipping

Wine Club (1st order)

6

$8.33

$49.99

Free

Wine Club (subsequent orders)

12 (every 3 months)

$13.33

$159.99

$19.99

Unlimited Member

12 (every 3 months)

$13.33

$159.99 (plus $89 annual fee)

Free

Featured Wines

1. The Inaugural R Collection by Raymond Vineyards (red)

$21.99 per bottle

Goes great with steak, leg of lamb, or beef stew. 

2. Villa Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2019 (white)

$22.99 per bottle

Goes great with fresh seafood, pasta, or risotto. 

3. Moulin de Pontfract Rosé 2020 (rosé)

$19.99 per bottle

Goes great with roasted white meats or crisp salads. 

Giving the Gift of Wine

Laithwaites features several gift options to impress your friends, family, or colleagues. In addition to gift cards for store credit, you can order a gift box with a curated selection of wines. For example, its Lux Reds for Very Good Friends box includes an award-winning Margaux, 94-point Brunello, and vintage Napa Cabernet for $149.99. Alternatively, if you’re looking to get the party started, you can try its Six Rich Reds to Spread Holiday Cheer box. This gift box contains a gold-medal Bordeaux, 90-point Malbec, a best-selling California Cabernet, and 3 other reds for $99.99.

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Customer Service

Customer support is available via phone from 8am-11pm ET, Monday-Friday, or 8am-8pm ET, Saturday and Sunday. If you prefer to contact Laithwaites via email, you can submit questions to customerservice@laithwaites.com.

Bottom Line

Laithwaites offers over 600 curated wines including red, white, rosé, dessert, and sparkling wines, champagne, and ciders. With its Wine Club, you get 12 bottles every 3 months for $159.99 plus shipping and handling. However, for their 1st order, new members get 6 bottles for $49.99 and no shipping costs, along with 2 extra bottles and 2 wine glasses. If you upgrade to an Unlimited membership, your $89 annual fee earns you free shipping on all orders, plus access to exclusive deals. You can customize your preferences to include more wines you like in future orders, and cancel or skip your subscription at any time. In the event you aren’t satisfied with a bottle, Laithwaite will issue you a full refund.

Patrick Sather is an award-winning personal finance writer and licensed broker who has worked for some of the largest financial firms in the United States, including TD Ameritrade and Pacific Life. A graduate of the University of Nebraska in both Economics and International Trade and English, his articles on life's most common financial decisions and quandaries are straightforward, practical, and always easy to understand.

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