Based at its shop in North London, Provisions imports wine, cheese and other artisan food products from specialist makers in Europe. Its newly launched wine subscription scheme offers ‘learn while you drink’ natural wine experiences through its monthly wine boxes.
Choose from a one-off case of six wines for £120 or sign up for three, six or 12 months and pay £115, £110 or £105 per month respectively. For extra treats, upgrade your order with raw-milk cheeses, Portuguese tinned fish, charcuterie from the Basque country or any of its other goodies. You can cancel or change your subscription at any point.
Provisions works with small, independent winemakers who eschew the use of chemicals in the vineyards and take a hands-off approach in their wineries, but they generally steer away from the more extreme natural wine styles. Each monthly case is themed and chosen to tell a story, whether from a particular region, grape variety or style. This month’s theme is orange wine and is a great introduction to these sometimes challenging but very food-friendly wines. There’s an immaculate sauvignon blanc from Slovakia and a nutty and complex 2009 ugni blanc from Château Tour Blanc in Gascony. Shipping is free and comes with a booklet giving details of the wines and their makers along with great food-pairing ideas.
The first Provisions Wine School six-week course of wine tastings and food pairings kicks off at its shop on 31 May. Limited places are now available for a discounted price of £180.
Overall, the Provisions wine box offers really interesting wines from very good makers, with the 12-month subscriptions offering good value for money. The option to add food goodies is a delicious added bonus.
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