With something as complicated as wine it’s all too easy to stick to the same trusty supermarket buys when you find something you like. You know there’s so much more out there but that Oyster Bay comes through for you time and time again so before you know it, you’re stuck in a wine rut. Having the time to research and discover new wines is a time consuming and expensive habit so that’s where a wine subscription service can help out, delivering new and interesting bottles direct to your door every month. These are our picks of the bunch.
Founded by Ian Campbell and Will Palmer (who also set up wine bar 10 Cases Bistrot a Vin and fish restaurant Parsons), Drop is an online wine cellar that delivers vino on demand. All you have to do is download the app, browse the wines on offer (all of which have been tasted and vetted), place an order and wait for it to be delivered – just like ordering your fave takeaway. A two-hour window for delivery is free but if you need your wine ASAP, they have faster options that you can pay for, so you really don’t have to wait long when the wine thirst strikes.
Juiced Wines is a digital shop that’s about natty wine without the nonsense, just a selection of unique, artisanal and small-release bottles. You can shop by colour but if you want the good stuff without any effort on your part, their Nat Pack monthly subscriptions have you covered. There are three options – 2Pac-K (two bottles for £50), the Adventurer Edition (three bottles for £80) and the Sub-Baller Edition (four for £120) – and each box contains the only best and hottest new wines, the good shit as they say.
Crispin Wine Club
Spitalfields restaurant Crispin has launched a natural wine club with sommelier Stefano Cazzato handpicking wines from small and indie producers so you get a mix of easy drinkers and funky bottles. The subscription is super flexible – you can select a preference for wine colour and type, you can choose three of five bottle packs, and you can choose how often you want them delivered. And if you join right now you’ll get 20% off voucher to use in the restaurant. CHEERS.
Top Cuvèe in Finsbury Park, one of our fave neighbourhood spots, absolutely bossed lockdown by launching their own store Shop Cuvèe whilst the restaurant was shut. And when the demand for bottles didn’t slow down co-founders Brodie Meah and Max Venning turned Shop Cuvèe into its own bricks-and-mortar site, just 100 yards up on Blackstock Road. As well as being stocked with hundreds of bottles of natural wine, Shop Cuvèe also runs a subscription service so you can get the best natty wines delivered with no fuss and no effort. There are two options – three bottles for £55 a month or six for £110 – and all the wines are curated by the Shop Cuvèe team, so whatever new and exciting bottles they’re drinking, you’ll be drinking too.
The Wine List
The Wine List is a subscription service as much about learning as it is about drinking. Each month you get a selection of wine along with tasting notes and one Wine Roots booklet, which forms part of their wine course that teaches you the principles of wine. There are three membership options – Core (two bottles a month for £39), Case (six bottles for £99 if you want speed up your learning) and Collector (12 bottles for £189 so you can learn and collect at the same time). No matter what tier you go for, you always get interesting bottles that you wouldn’t find in the supermarket, and the tasting notes are explained in a clear and relatable way with zero ponciness or pretension.
Oranj is a brand new delivery platform specialising in natural wines and sommelier-curated cases for home delivery. You can get single bottles or mixed cases, which are curated by different industry insider every month and also include a specially commissioned print and a guest mix for you to whack on whilst you’re drinking. And you can get that on the regs when you join clubORANJ. The membership includes that month’s case (either two for £60 or five bottles for £120) and poster; access to tastings, events and art shows; and first dibs on new drops of vino and merch.
This club is the subscription service of wine seller Wanderlust Wines and in going with them you also get discounts across their entire range as an extra perk. They have more membership options about their best wines so if you have a more specific idea about the amount and quality of the wine you’d like to receive then they certainly offer the greatest flexibility. It starts with a Silver membership at £25 per month, which features ‘everyday drinkers’ and goes all the way up to Platinum at £100 per month, 10 bottles very two months of prestigious and rarer wines for the real wine nerds. The wines are curated by hand each time so you’ll always get something tailored to your tastes and preferences.