Need a top up? Where to get wine delivered
Getting through lockdown one bottle of wine at a time? It's the ultimate essential purchase. Here's where to get the best bottles delivered and support local.
While bars and restaurants remain closed for a bit longer, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a glass or two (or several) at home. And the good news is, there are some fabulous local wine bars and shops throughout Berkshire who will deliver direct to your door. So you can enjoy your vino from the comfort of your favourite armchair (while also supporting our local businesses). Cheers to that!
Stanlake Park Wine Estate, Twyford
Berkshire’s hidden gem is Stanlake Park Wine Estate – the Royal country’s largest vineyard. Run by husband and wife team Nico Centonze (an Italian who grew up among the vineyards of Southern Italy) and Argentinian-born Natalia Pezzone, they have worked tirelessly improve the quality of what is produced and have started rebranding the bottles with stunning floral illustrations. Last year’s rosé was seriously good. They’re currently offering 10% off cases of six and there are offers on mixed cases. Order online for collection or delivery. Free local delivery or on orders over £79.
Madonna’s been saying ‘Italians Do It Better’ since 1986 and who are we to argue with Her Madg-esty! If you’ve spent more time this year than is strictly healthy scrolling through images of Italy’s hills and beaches, then Veeno in Reading may just scratch that itch with wine. This authentic Italian wine bar, opposite Reading’s Forbury Gardens, is selling its wines online – many from the family vineyard in Sicily where their great-grandfather Antonio planted the first vines in the 19th century. I’d definitely recommend the Corte Ferro Zibibbo (Wine of love). It is this white that caused the owner’s grandfather to fall in love. And it is safe to say, it was love at first sight for me. Free shipping over £75.
Berks Fizz, Reading
A brand new business focused on delivering the best local wines to the doors of the thirsty and frazzled, is right up our ally. Ollie and Natasha – originally from Sussex now living in Berkshire- are obsessed with the wonderful world of wine… especially English ones. Berks Fizz put together boxes (to buy as a one off or as a subscription) and personally deliver three exceptional wines with locally-made nibbles, including cheese and charcuterie, to keep it classy. The boxes are £95 and the contents change each month. February’s box has All Angels Classic Cuvee, Stanlake Park’s Pinot Noir and Daws Hill Sparkling Rosé.
Grape Smith, Hungerford
Forget unadventurous supermarket plonk – if it’s an exceptional bottle you’re after, thisMuddy award-winning independent wine shop in Hungerford is a belter. GrapeSmith is a wine-lover’s mecca offering a brilliant selection, organised into price points of Quaff under £10 (well sourced wines from smaller artisan winemakers that are inexpensive yet exciting), Savour, £10-£20 (special wines for special occasions sourced from the world’s leading vineyards) and Cellar, £20+ (delish today, but even better with age – shame we can’t say the same). Click, collect or order 12 bottles and get free local delivery. They also offer a monthly wine box – set the budget and they’ll do the rest.
Grape & Nectar, Maidenhead
Grape & Nectar was started by two women who believe life is too short to drink bad wine. Amen to that. Katherine Hart MW and Fiona Hayes have 35 years in the wine trade, have travelled 50,000 miles together discovering, tasting and sourcing wines all over the world. Grape & Nectar will send a curated selection of wines to your door as a one-off or on a monthly subscription (10% discount) which will see a lovely box of six bottles arrive on your doorstep the first week of each month. Particularly excited to see a Vegan mix of wines available. They also offer a Mini Cellar selection service to get that wine fridge stocked up and ready to rock.
The Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar, Cookham
You’ll find this wine shop and bar in one of the oldest buildings on Cookham High Street (15th century and with the beams to prove it). The wine shop has a fantastic rep for importing interesting and extraordinary wines from all over the world. If you’re stuck in a Pinot Grigio-Sauvignon Blanc rut, then owners Paul (he’s been in the biz for 30+ years) and Angela will be able to tempt you with something deliciously drinkable and unexpected. The majority of the wines flirt between the £10-£20 region – the sweet spot for getting the most bang for your buck. They do wine subscriptions too, if you really get into it.
The Maidenhead Wine Company has been around for over two decades in Berkshire – sipping, sourcing, selling and delivering wines from around the world, largely sourced directly from independent producers. They usually supply pubs and restaurants but are currently offering their wide range of wines at wholesale prices with a speedy local home delivery. Head to the website for their full list. Prices quotes quoted are cases of 12 (unless otherwise stated) but can be ordered in any quantity
The Tasting House, Reading
If you’re a Reading regular, The Tasting House on Chain Street will be on your radar. It’s so much more than a wine shop. Anonymous Coffee fires up the espresso machine in the morning, then the lights are dimmed in the evening when the wine flows and the food is served. But while the wine bar and kitchen is shut, you’ll need to get your Tasting House wine fix delivered to your door. The selection is vast and can be filtered by style, grape, country, cork or screw top, strength and colour. For the undecided, set your budget and let the experts do the rest. They also offer a subscription service, delivering nationwide.
The Wine Man, Yattendon
Yattendon is one of those chocolate box pretty villages with a country pub, café and village store. But look beyond The Square and you’ll find The Wine Man. Ian and Paula Hewson handpick wines from all over the world, choosing the bottles that give you the most bang for your buck. The wine they choose reflect the enthusiasm and energy of the winemakers who have made them, rather than the bland, over-processed and dull industrial wines that have taken over today’s supermarket shelves. Judging my recycling bin, I can’t recommend the Montepulciano D’abruzzo 2018 Gran Sasso enough They deliver to all RG and OX postcodes and can offer nationwide delivery via courier.
Eton Vintners, Eton
A small, energetic online wine shop offering 600 different wines from around the world, with a thing for quality vino from smaller vineyards. Owner Clive Stanton has been in the biz for over 30 years having worked and studied in Switzerland and France. Eton Vintners has supplied major local restaurants as well as opening several wine shops across the years. Clive offers a superb selection of fine wines, iconic and older vintages are also available to buy by the single bottle. Can’t find what you’re looking for on the website? They’ll hunt it down. Free local same day or next day delivery.