Sunday Times Wine Club

Sunday Times Wine Club

As most people get older their tastes change significantly. Where previously they might have been happy enough with a burger from a fast food restaurant they now enjoy a delicious steak. A holiday in Ibiza staying out until sunrise has been replaced with a sight-seeing trip of Marrakech. Luke warm beer is reserved for trips to the park or football matches, whilst a delicious glass of wine is now the order of the day. The Sunday Times Wine Club appeals to wine lovers both old and new with a subscription service that sees top quality wines delivered on a regular basis.

The newspaper is associated with top-class coverage and so it should be no surprise that its wine-guzzling sibling delivers similar success. The UK Wine Merchant Of The Year offers a 100% money back guarantee as well as flexible delivery options of wine boxes that come to you at a rate that is better than half price. These aren’t run of the mill wines you’d find on the shelf of your local supermarket, either. Only 800 wines make the grade according to the master sommelier, from 40,000 presented to a blind tasting panel. This is the best of the best selected especially for you.

At A Glance Info
What's in the box? Top-class wines delivered every three months
How often does it come? Every Three Months
How much? £47.88
Do prices include postage? Yes
Sent from UK
Options Choose from red, white or mixed wine boxes
Website www.sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk

How Does It Work?

The premise is quite simple, really. You sign up to receive twelve bottles of wine every three months, selecting the type of wine that you fancy and then sitting back and enjoying them. You remain subscribed to the service and paying a regular amount of money for the pleasure until you decide it’s no longer for you. See, told you it was simple.

What Do You Get?

Small wineries and vineyards can’t afford to send single bottles of wine to one-off customers. It’s simply not a valid business plan for them. That’s a real shame for wine lovers as it’s often the less mass-produced wines that have the best taste and bodies. What The Sunday Times Wine Club does is essentially act as a focal point for the delivery of those wines, meaning that it works out better for the small companies that produce them as they can send them in bulk.

All of that means that you’ll get boutique wines from specialist merchants at a much more considerate price than if you approached them directly for a single bottle or case. That’s twelve bottles of amazing wine delivered straight to you every three months. Your delivery will also contain tasting notes that will tell you what you should be expecting to smell, taste and feel when you try your wines. Can you taste hint of strawberries and honey with an aftertaste of raspberries? The notes will let you know if you’re right. They’ll also tell you about where the wine is from and what sort of grape it is that you’re enjoying.

When it comes to the wines themselves, what is that you’d like to be drinking? Are you a fan of deep reds, full of flavours with a rich nose? Or are you more of a white wine lover, enjoying the refreshing taste of the lighter grapes? Perhaps you enjoy a glass of rosé and consider it to be the perfect halfway house between the two types of wine that ticks your box? It’s entirely possible, of course, that you enjoy all three grapes and so that will be what your box will contain. What you get is delicious wines on a regular basis, with an extra box added to the order for Christmas.

Options

The main option available to you is in selecting the type of wine you want to receive in your case. Red or white is the main choice you’ll have to make, though you can go for a mixed case if you’re not bothered about what you drink as long as it’s wet and full of quality.

Examples

At the end of the summer of 2016 The Sunday Times Wine Club sent out their box of seasonal favourites. In the mixed collection there was a 2015 vintage Viña Tarapacá Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, a Bordeaux from Château du Prieur’s 2014 selection, a 2015 Pinot Grigio by Campanula and a 2015 Chardonnay by Westend Estate No.1, plus more.

The red wine box offered such delights as a Paris Street Pinot Noir, an Argentinian Malbec from Opi and Corsiero Nero’s Puglia. The white wine box, meanwhile, contained a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc from Split Rock, a citrus based Verdelho by Lime Leaf and a 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from Abbesse. In short, if you like wine then it may well be time to branch out from the supermarket and see what the boutique wineries of the world can offer you.

Prices

It couldn’t be easier to understand the pricing structure put in place by The Sunday Times Wine Club. For each of the cases mentioned above it’s £47.88, down from £111.48. An impressive saving by anyone’s standards. They also often do introductory offers for first time subscribers, such as a pair of stemless Darlington glasses included in the price, so that’s worth keeping an eye out for. Oh, and delivery is free.