About Firstleaf Wine Club
The Firstleaf Wine Club, found online at Firstleaf.club, is a new wine club which describes themselves as “the first fully personalized and customizable wine club” at work in the US today.
How Does It Work?
According to their website, the goal of Firstleaf Wine Club is to be a “revolutionary” new way to enjoy wine. Instead of other wine clubs which rely on wine experts to choose your wine for you each and every month, Firstleaf says they only need one expert to choose your wine each month, and that’s you.
Customers who sign up will get to choose whether they prefer a monthly shipment of red or white wine, or a mix of the two, and whether they prefer domestic or international wine, or a mix of the two. Once you’ve signed up and receive your first shipment, that’s when your membership truly begins.
Each time you receive a shipment, you will provide the company with feedback on what you liked or didn’t like about each bottle of wine, so each and every month they will be able to send you a selection of wines that are better and better suited to your tastes.
In addition, customers will be able to see all the selections they have coming up for the next month and choose to swap those wines out for different wines if they choose, and they have complete control over the shipment schedule as well, with the ability to pause or skip a month at any time.
It seems as though every member will start off with a single shipment of three bottles priced at $19.95. These are the three bottles the company uses to get your feedback on the types and tastes of wines you like and don’t like, before they proceed with your regular membership order of two, three, or six bottles per month.
The website says that because they have “cut out the middleman” and partner directly with wine producers to save their customers up to 60% off the retail price of each bottle. Each half case of wine you order will be priced at a flat rate of $79.00, and the smallest retail discount you will ever receive will be 25% off a bottle.
In fact, Firstleaf Wine Club does provide their customers with a Refund Policy, which is actually very unusual for a wine club. Of course if a bottle arrives at your house broken or damaged, customers should contact Customer Service right away so they can address the problem as soon as possible.
However, this company goes a step further and says that they want their customers to be 100% satisfied, and so a customer who isn’t satisfied with a bottle of wine they have received from Firstleaf should contact their Customer Service team to discuss a potential refund or replacement.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who wish to contact their Customer Service team with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by phone at 800-461-7203 or by email at [email protected]
Unfortunately this company appears to still be very new because there simply are not very many reviews of this service at all, either from customers or from other wine based services, websites, and blogs.
That being said, this company is making some amazing promises that are almost too good to pass up. The ability to get monthly selections based specifically on your tastes and feedback, the ability to return bottles you are dissatisfied with, and the promise of a minimum discount of 25% off retail price with the ability to pause or cancel your service at any time seems to add up to a company that customers should be willing to try for themselves.
Competitors and Alternatives?
If you have any experience with this company or their products, please leave your Firstleaf Wine Club reviews below.
66 ‘Firstleaf Wine Club’ Reviews
This company reinstated my account after I canceled it to squeeze more money from me, hoping I wouldn’t catch them. I woke up to a $70 charge on my credit card this morning, which I had no knowledge of.
When I went onto the site, I found that they had reinstated my account without notifying me. When I tried to take my credit card off of the account information on the website, I was blocked. When I spoke to a customer service rep, “Samantha,” she said it was “too late” and they were already shipping the order.
Which is bogus because they initially told me that there were two days left until the shipping process began. I had to lock my credit card, notify my credit card company and get a new credit card.
Stay away. They’re frauds and they will scam you.
First of all, there are no such vineyards as these bottles specify. I found several of the vineyards under fictitious business'. Basically, these are private label wines. It's probably the same wine/variety being bottled and getting a different label/vineyard slapped on.
I tried various varieties and they much pretty much tasted the same, there was nothing to distinguish the wines from each other
For example, google 'two rabbit imports' and you'll see it's a fictitious business for firstleaf, hence, firstleaf is pretty much the producer and bottling, perhaps the same variety of wine under various vineyard names/labels.
Look up bronco wines to get an idea. At least fred and joe franzia are honest that they are producing several wines under various names/vineyards that are non existent and know that a good wine shouldn't cost anymore than $15/20 the most.
It seems that these Napa, Paso Robles and Sonoma growers are pretty much money hungry people taking advantage of poor immigrants for pennies by the hour while they're charging stupid people, whether you're rich or poor, an obscene amount for wine that is sub par and taking advantage of the region and if you ask me, old world taste so much better.
I frequently order an extra shipment in addition to membership shipment. I ordered the extra shipment thru the online store. This month I ordered an extra shipment and I have not received confirmation. I placed the order by your deadline of Dec 14 in order to receive by holidays. I respect that this is a trying time. I would just like confirmation that my wine will be here before holidays.
I signed up for a trial run. My family didn't care much for the wine so I cancelled the service on November 30th. They charged my credit card for $94.19 on December 7th and shipped wine. I emailed them and they said to refuse the shipment and they would refund me the money but charge me a $20 restocking fee. A restocking fee for something I did not order? Seems to be a common theme of Firstleaf.
WORST WINE CLUB! Worst customer service. I ordered on 11/29 and told wine would be delivered on 12/1. It never came and tracking shows FedEx hasn’t received my box.
On 12/3, I was actually told my wine would be delivered on 12/1! So, I guess they’ve developed a time machine. The rep couldn’t tell me where my order was or if/when I would receive it. His only solution was to cancel my order and membership. Fine with me.
But, seriously, that’s not good or appropriate customer service and satisfaction at all. Good riddance.
P.S. If you’re looking at reviews of this company, look closely and look at a lot of different ones. There are many “review sites” that give it good reviews. And, I’m sure some of them are receiving compensation. But, it sure makes me wonder if the company itself created some of these sites. Because if you dig deeper and look for real reviews, you’ll find a lot of unhappy customers.
I ordered 1 shipment not realizing I was "joining" a wine club. The wine was mediocre, but worth a shot for the money. Not worth their regular prices. The next month I receive an email alerting me of another pending shipment. I immediately responded that I had no desire for another shipment and they confirmed it was cancelled.
I went to their website to delete my credit card. Guess what? No can do. No worries, if they alert me of another pending shipment I'll decline. Guess what? Next email was informing me the wine was shipped! I again email back. STOP!! Ok. Alcohol deliveries in CA have to be accepted by an adult upon delivery. I just won't accept delivery.
Guess what? A box shows up outside my door unannounced. There's more to the story but I won't bore you. Lesson learned: Any company that holds your credit card hostage can not be trusted. No phone number on the web site, ditto.
i ordered, and on the date of delivery, it did not arrive.please send the wine.,thank you
I got my 6 bottles within a week, before covid hit. I loved 5 out of the 6 wines. The 6th was ok., but not terrible. Prices I thought were reasonable. I’m a slow wine drinker, so I was able to get my next shipment 4 months later. No problems at all. Very happy.
This echoes what many others have said, and it's comforting to hear I'm not alone. After receiving my first order, I canceled my subscription. The wines were okay, but I prefer sweets, and they didn't seem to have a lot so I wasn't interested in continuing.
A couple of weeks later I received an email that my next order was almost ready to be shipped. I quickly tried to cancel online but received an error message. I tried calling, only to get an automated message telling me to email them instead. They said I would receive a response to my email between 3-5 days, but I just received a response after 2 weeks of trying again and again to reach them. The wines were shipped to me during this time, and I had to refuse them at the door.
They have now said I will be refunded, but I'm going to be very upset if I am changed a restocking fee. I do NOT recommend this subscription!
First leaf is the WORST company, customer service is a joke. They set up a customer service line but NO ONE is ever there to pick up. Tried calling them many times at diff hours and almost every day within 2 weeks. I set my wine subscription for every 3 months, but they still shipped new order next month and charged me continuously. Can't even delete my credit card! Had to call the Bank to block them. Beware.
Problem 1: Singing up for one shipment forces you on a monthly membership 2. The site makes it difficult to get out of it. 3. My first shipment was cancelled without my consent and no money refunded. 4. When I asked for a refund, they refused. Any business based on trickery is guarantee to fail.
First, I did get the wine in a timely manner and in great condition. However, I made the mistake of ordering more wine before I tried it. The first bottle had turned. The color was off and tasted like vinegar. I opened a second bottle and similarly to another review tasted cheap and definitely not a $30 bottle of wine. I did send two emails and did not receive a response or a credit for the bottle that had turned. 16 more bottles to try, so I went ahead and cancelled my membership. It’s too bad, because in theory it’s a great idea.
****Update. I received my wine on April 22nd. Really beautiful packaging and nice bottles. I will say one of my wines was duplicated in the box instead of receiving six different bottles. I’m looking forward to giving them a try! ***
I purchased my first set with them on April 9th. Online (hadn’t received shipping confirmation via email by then) it said it shipped out on April 13th and would arrive on April 15th. Needless to say, it didn’t arrive. I called, no one answered. I left a voicemail, no one called me back. I emailed, no one responded. Just yesterday, April 18th, I received an email saying “Your Firstleaf Wine Order Has Shipped” with a scheduled delivery date of.....April 15th. ???? I’m beyond frustrated and am beginning to think this is absolutely some scam company. When I try to track the package via the tracking numbers they provided, it says there is no package with that number. Beware. We’ll see if it ever shows up....
I know they are at peak capacity however I got an email that said it was processing April 7th and expect delivery April 8th but never updated with tracking information. Finally on Friday April 10th there was a change on the website--and it no longer how to shipping date at all. There is no tracking information and now there's a link if I want to cancel the order. I know this is a difficult time but I even emailed customer service to see if they're canceling my order and just didn't tell me or if they have plans to actually ship it. Still haven't received any information. I even ordered an easier set so that they wouldn't have to select them and take more time--these were pre-select bottles not based on my preferences. Just some information would be better than nothing!!
They refuse to respond to my many attempts to reach out to someone in regards to my order and/or possible reimbursement. I think it is egregious what they are doing, especially during this difficult time for everyone.