The Sourcing Table is an off-shoot of Indigo Wines, one of the UK’s most respected importers, which has been tracking down really exciting wines for nearly 20 years. Indigo has partnered with wine writer Jamie Goode, award-winning winemaker Rajat Parr, and celebrated sommelier Paz Levinson, to form their The Sourcing Table platform. Quarterly wine club subscription boxes bring you top-quality wines that were previously only available in restaurants and independent wine shops.
It is easy to subscribe online: simply choose to receive either six (£120) or 12 bottles (£240) every quarter, which is around 15% cheaper than buying the wines individually. The wines are picked by well-known wine experts and while there is no choice in which wines you receive, each one will be a first-class example of its type. Subscriptions can be cancelled at any point.
The Sourcing Table buy most of their wines directly from winemakers whom they know and trust, many of whom work with organic and/or biodynamic principles but steer clear of the most extreme and challenging natural wines. Our favourites were a wonderful dry riesling from Vignoble du Rêveur in Alsace, and Patapon, a joyously fresh natural red made from the unusual Pineau d’Aunis grape in the Loire. The wines come in packaging made from at least 70% recycled materials with inserts that are biodegradable/compostable (which also make good trays for growing seedlings). Members get assigned a personal wine guru who get to know their preferences so can guide them in future purchases, as well as access to monthly live tasting and Q&A sessions with winemakers, 10% off any other purchases and heaps of really interesting background info on the website.
This wine subscription is equally good for those already geeky about wine, or for those hungry to learn but without much knowledge. The small and passionate team are on hand to give excellent personal service and advice.
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