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Oranj wine subscription

Oranj wine subscription review

A fan of natural wines? Try Oranj's monthly wine subscription for low-intervention bottles delivered direct to your door

From £60

Childhood friends Jasper Delamothe and Edwin Methu-Frost’s plans to open Oranj as a natural wine bar in London were scuppered by Covid in 2020, so they launched the Oranj monthly wine subscription service instead, along with an online wine shop.

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Ordering is easy enough, although full details of the subscriptions are a bit harder to find on the website. Monthly boxes contain either two or five bottles, priced at £60 or £120 including free delivery.

Expect the unexpected from Oranj’s groovy range of natural wines. The box is curated by a different sommelier or foodie each month ­– in the May case, the wine selection is picked by Pete Kelly of Hackney’s Chinese-inspired restaurant Lucky & Joy and includes a Sauvignon Blanc/Müller Thurgau/Muscat blend from Germany’s Staffelter Hof and a great Zweigelt/Blaufränkisch rosé by esteemed maker Judith Beck. All are chosen to sit happily with the spices found in Szechuan cooking.

Wines come simply packaged with an artist-designed poster, and a booklet with tasting notes, food matching suggestions and recipes. Subscribers also get access to virtual tasting and cook-a-long events, a 10% discount on their online shop prices, and a monthly changing playlist from a well-known DJ.

The Oranj wine club offers a happy mash-up of wine, food, art and music; serious winos might wish for more details on the wines and winemakers but these are easy enough to find elsewhere online.

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