As lockdowns, quarantines and self-isolations continue, we have made the move to stock up wine to lift up the mood and compliment our improving home cooking skills.
Wine has been around for thousands of years, and it is probably the oldest known drink besides water. Plato said that nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was ever granted by the gods to man, and we agree. London's wine shops and bars are shifting their sales online to navigate through these coronavirus times. If you want to stock up on a few bottles and support a local, here are our picks to order them straight to your door.
As the World Health Organisation repeatedly warns, drinking alcohol doesn’t prevent or protect against the virus. In fact, excessive and frequent drinking weakens the immune system. So please drink moderately.
Authentic wines from the greatest small winemakers. P Franco, Bright and Peg’s boozy sister business Noble Fine Liquor is delivering great wines from small producers around the world direct from its Broadway Market stocks. Read a quick lowdown on natural wine and recommendations from Noble themselves.
Top Cuvée, normally a lively neighbourhood restaurant serving seasonal small plates and natural wine, is now a shop! They send you a steady selection of wines by bicycle courier around London within 1.5 hours, or UK wide within 3-5 working days.
Dalston’s favourite indie wine bar, Newcomer Wines, has over 200 wines from Austria and neighbouring countries available to order, helping make this self-isolation a little bit more bearable.
They work with a new generation of producers dedicated to making terroir-driven wines from indigenous varieties. Their winemakers work organically and biodynamically, preferring to spend their time in the vineyards rather than the cellar.
All wines are available for free next-day delivery (Mon-Fri) for orders of 6 bottles and above within the M25 (London) and 12 bottles and above outside of London.
What Humble Grape brings to the wine drinker is a selection of wines that represent stepping out of the supermarkets, and in return they get to know their “Hero Producers”. Hero producers are winemakers that they import directly & exclusively to the UK, and help train the staff. They are all small production, family-run, as well as run biodynamic, organic and/or sustainable farms. Hand-crafted wines from small vineyards around the world, available for delivery across London via Deliveroo and UberEats, and nationwide via courier.
At this bistro-style establishment Vinoteca, V stands for vino. If you miss their great selection of wines and you’re in the mood for wine, they now have an online shop delivering right to your door. Put together a few of your favourites - shipping is free for orders over £150 or £12 otherwise, and signing up to become a member will land you some tasty discounts.
Drop is an on demand delivery service (only available from the App Store) that brings top quality, carefully chosen, great value wines to your doorstep, workplace or picnic rug with free same day delivery. From the cellars of buzzing Covent Garden bistro ‘The 10 cases’, ‘drop’ is a hassle free delivery service which brings carefully chosen wine to your home or office, within an hour, 7 days a week. The venue never buys more than 10 cases of any particular wine (hence the name), so there is always a fresh and interesting selection to choose from.
Prices start at a very accessible £10, and there are daily discounts. You can filter by style and price as well as what type of food you’re planning to pair it with, and your mood.
Passione Vino, supplier to London’s top restaurants, has just launched a ‘Wine on Wheels’ service with their trusty Italian Vespa for delivery. Steer clear of the mass produced bottles that line supermarket shelves and choose from one of their beloved independent producers. Delivery everywhere!
Online independent merchant importing a delicious selection of organic, biodynamic and sustainably-made wines from producers around the world, Wanderlust Wine is now running with its ‘Wine on Demand’ service: Delivering to Londoners within an hour. Next day delivery is available nationwide. Contactless delivery available. No minimum order, orders over £100 will get free delivery.