Here’s the challenge with wine: we all love it but it’s hard to shop for because the category is confusing. What’s the difference between Chablis and Chardonnay? Or Cahors and Clare Valley? And is screw top really as good as cork?
You see, we wanted to make this all really easy, so here’s what we do: we partner with the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) – the world’s largest international awarding body for wondrous tipples – taking only their award winners. We then have a wine expert, one Helen McGinn, produce a shortlist of what she feels are the best choices for how our customers like to enjoy wine, and then we hand the choice over to you – and only customer favourites are listed on the site: awarded by experts, chosen by you – the true experts. It’s unique and guaranteed to get you into interesting wines you won’t find in grocery stores or petrol stations!
BUT, our new model for wine won’t launch till mid-October as we’re waiting to try the very best wines of the Southern Hemisphere (we’ve already tried the North and they’re oh-so-good!). So until then, our lovely wine curator has chosen some crackers that are reasonably priced and can pair beautifully with our dishes. Check out what’s on offer below and watch for another announcement on the new list!
Meet Our Curator, Helen McGinn
Helen McGinn is a drinks expert and international wine judge. She’s the author of award-winning wine blog and bestselling book The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club and writes a weekly wine column for the Daily Mail’s Femail magazine. Among other awards, Helen won Online Drink Writer of the Year in Fortnum & Mason’s inaugural Food & Drink Awards in 2013. She spent almost a decade sourcing wines around the world as a supermarket wine buyer and spent the next half-decade pregnant. Helen is married with three children. And she’s hopeless with a hangover.
Meet the IWSC
Founded in 1969, the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s original aim was to award excellence in wines and spirits worldwide, and this aim remains the same today. Entries are received from nearly 90 countries worldwide and each sample is judged according to its class. The IWSC is proud to set the international benchmark for quality remaining unique in the crowded world of drinks competitions with dedicated tasting premises, a permanent onsite cellar and over 400 global experts judging products for seven months of the year.
Deliciously crisp Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region packed with perky, fresh gooseberry and lime fruit flavours. A real modern classic.
Brilliant, ripe Chardonnay from Chile’s coastal-influenced Casablanca region, made from hand-harvested grapes. Full of ripe peach flavours and a touch of vanilla.
Just-right juicy Malbec made from grapes grown in vineyards across the Mendoza region in Argentina, with supple plum and raspberry fruit flavours. Soft as a velvet cushion.
From South Australia, this is award-winning producer d’Arenberg’s take on a classic Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes. Big and bold with layers of spicy black fruit and a hit of cassis.
Brilliant benchmark Rioja made from the Tempranillo grape, this one’s full of typically vibrant blackcurrant and raspberry fruits, together with a touch of spice.