Wine can be difficult to get hold of right now, as many bottles are selling out in supermarkets due to the coronavirus crisis - but ordering online using a subscription service could be a saving grace. If you fancy learning more about the tipple or just want someone else to choose the bottles for you, these are the best wine and alcohol delivery services to sign up to now...
Although not technically a subscription service, Gift Tree is excellent if you’re looking to make a one-off purchase for someone special. Their selection includes incredible wine gift baskets, and everything has free delivery.
Laithwaite is quarterly and gives choice between red wine and white wine with huge savings. For your first box you can enjoy a tempting introductory selection of wine; choose from a mixed, red or white case or Season's Favourites. After that, you'll be sent a new case every four weeks – saving at least 10%. Set your preferences to what wines you like. You can swap your wines, delay delivery, miss a case altogether … or even cancel your plan at any time.
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The Dram Team
Whisky fans, listen up! You can get five mini high quality whisky bottles, a super premium bottle known as a “sixth dram” and tasting notes delivered to your doorstep for £29.99. Some of The Dram Team's previous boxes have included six delicious options from independent bottlers, so it's great if you're looking for an out of the ordinary tasting experience.
Savage imports wine directly from the vineyard, so you’ll be introduced to bottles from all over the world. Choose between 2, 3, 6 or 12 bottles a month, with your chosen ratio or white and red - plus, you get 25 percent off any repurchases if you want to buy extra to add to your collection.
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Wanderlust wine club
Wanderlust’s wines are tailored to each season, which means you’ll get gorgeous summer whites for your bbq in the warmer months, and warming reds for getting cosy in front of the fire in winter. You’ll receive 6-12 bottles each quarter and can pay in weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual instalments.
Nosy wine club
If the gorgeous packing isn’t enough to tickle your fancy, Nosy’s unique business plan will. The club is run by two women who are on a mission to make the world of wine more fun. Each month they invite a new expert to select the three wines that will be sent out to members. You get three bottles with each delivery and can choose between having them sent every week, or every fortnight or in two or three months.
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Need a little helping hand? Newbies to the wine world will love this subscription service, which gives you access to an expert who can chat you through options via message. They also hold events - like guided tastings - which you’ll get priority access to.
One of the best-rated services, Flaviar is billed as “a club for spirits enthusiasts”. Their membership is limited, and starts with a questionnaire so they can get to know your tastes a little better. Expect to receive rare and vintage spirits such as rum and whiskey in your quarterly tasting box, plus a full-size bottle. You’ll also have access to live events and demonstrations especially for members.
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Drinks by the Dram
It’s not just wine you can get delivered! Drinks by the Dram will deliver a brand new set of whisky, gin or rum directly to your door each month, and you’ll even get 50 percent off your first delivery. Your welcome pack will contain two free tasting glasses, and you’ll get 10 percent off all other purchases on the site. Perfect for those who can never decide...
Beer lovers will adore this box, which gives a regular delivery of small batch beers from around the world. What else is there to say?!
When in Rome
We always knew Phillip Schofield and his co-host Holly Willoughby loved a tipple, but now you can make like the This Morning star with Phillip's own range of wine, made in collaboration with When in Rome. Phillip has put his stamp on two box wines, a red and a white from local wine cooperatives in Italy. If you normally turn your nose up at box wine, give these ones a go. They're high-quality, artisan tipples and have the equivalent of three bottles in each box that last in freshness for six weeks. We know Holly's a fan, just check out her Instagram post. The wine is available to buy online and in-store at Waitrose.
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