The Wine List wine subscription review
Want to learn more about wine and not sure where to start? Try a wine subscription from The Wine List, combining great bottles with a wine education
The Wine List offers a monthly wine subscription that includes access to Wine Roots, a comprehensive 12-month course for amateur enthusiasts to teach you as you taste at home. The Wine List gathers interesting wines from independent producers, with access to pre-recorded digital lessons and exclusive live online tastings focusing on particular grapes or regions.
Choose from four monthly options – three glasses of different wines for £19 (each packed in nifty 125ml pouches that can be posted through a letterbox), or 2, 6 or 12 bottles priced at £39, £99 and £195 respectively – then start the Wine Roots course with your first delivery. You can cancel or skip deliveries at any time.
The wine course starts with the basics of how to smell and taste wine, then covers the principles of wine-making, as well as the different grapes, regions and styles, month by month. Each wine subscription comes with an info-packed booklet for the wine course, useful tasting cards to help you analyse each wine, stories of the people and the places behind them, and ideas for food matching, too. The wines are unusual but very drinkable, mostly made with indigenous grapes from lesser-known regions, and arrive in sturdy, recyclable packaging. Our wines included a dolcetto from Poderi Cellario in Italy’s Piedmont region, made with organic grapes and no added sulphur, as well as a beautiful chardonnay from Petr Marada in the Czech Republic, made in the same way as Burgundy wines and gently aged in Czech oak barrels.
Members get access to exclusive tastings and other events, and a 10% discount on other wines bought online.
The Wine List subscription is a great-value choice (with lots of online extras) for those who want to learn the basics of winemaking, while drinking wines not found on supermarket shelves.
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