The clue is in the name; wine and olives. And let’s face it, I wouldn’t have named my blog after something I didn’t love. There’s so many reasons I enjoy wine. My passion for food is one, and the other is the social aspect. Nothing much beats sharing some good wine over a nice meal with friends. It’s good for the soul.
We have a sociable house and when people come round, I like to make sure I’m prepared. Much like I do my grocery shopping online, I also buy my wine on line. And I’m not alone. It turns out that 25% of British wine consumers are turning to the internet to stock up. But which merchants are worth using? Below, I’ve outlined my favourite online wine retailers.
Naked Wines, established in 2008 by Rowan Gormley, is one of the foremost digital wine retailers in the UK. The online wine merchant invests in independent wineries and receives premium wines from those businesses at wholesale prices and I love following them across social – they do a fantastic job on social media.
Laithwaites is a driving force in the wine market and, since their inception in the mid-1960s, it has become one of the most successful online wine merchants in the UK. Their selection of award winning-wines, made from over forty grape varieties and sourced from twenty-seven countries, can be bought for as little as £4.99 and as much as £60 a bottle. You can even find some Laithwaites voucher codes online, and make things even cheaper.
Ten Green Bottles
Based in Brighton, Ten Green Bottles is a prestigious online wine merchantthat runs a bricks-and-mortar shop and bar in the Sussex coastal resort alongside its web-based business. A selection of quality wines, sourced from small vineyards and originating from both the New and Old World, are available to purchase from £7 to over £30. The company, also supplies wine to several Michelin star restaurants, which is a plus point. They are also worth checking out on social.
Berry Bros. & Rudd
Berry Bros. & Rudd, founded in 1698, are veterans of the wine industry and in recent times have started selling their products onlineand have moved into using social media. There is a large selection of excellent wines available, sold in cases or individual bottles, that cost anywhere from from £5.75 to £100 per bottle. The company promotes their brand and products via Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and a self-hosted blog.
Yapp Brothers, established in 1969, specialise in French wines that are difficult to find elsewhere on the market. The Wiltshire-based wine merchant has diverse range of red, white and rosé wines, sold via the company’s website,which range in price from around £10 to £200, while their informative wine blog is updated on a regular basis.
So, those are the places I use regularly when I’m buying wine. Are there any online wine stockists you would recommend?