Yup, a proper, subscription only wine club just like the big boys do but much, much better.
Expressions everyone in the Wine Trade gets used to from Day One:
“What’s your favourite wine?” (I honestly don’t have one, it’s all about mood, company, weather, food and an infinite number of other variables.)
“Got any free samples?” (“Oh my God, that’s hilarious, no, honestly, no-one’s ever asked me that before. Did you think that up all on your own? Oh, just wait till I tell the guys back at work, it’ll crack them up.”)
“Well I would buy it but I’ve got a subscription with XYZ Wine Club” (“Oh, that’s interesting.” Now, let me see if I can practice my “not remotely interested” smile.)
So on the grounds that “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” and, more importantly, “we could do this so much better,” we’re responding to the latter statement with the launch of our very own, life-changing Wine Club. (I promise you, if enough people sign up to it, my life will be changed.) Given that the cost of a daily cup of overpriced coffee seems now to have become the new de facto measure of value for money, £79.95 per month to have 6 interesting, new wines delivered to your door (local delivery only) looks like a ridiculous bargain.
All cases will be accompanied by tasting notes, food-matching recommendations, the odd recipe and a link to a Youtube video featuring members of the Connolly’s/Arch 13 team plus special guests.
October's box contained:
Crittenden Estate, Gepetto Shiraz
Oliver Zeter Grauburgunder
Font Sane, Cotes de Ventoux
Le Grand Cros, GC Rose
October's Tasting Notes in pdf
August's box contained:
Jadot Ch. des Jaques Beaujolais Blanc
Pagos del Galir Godello
Ch. des Ferrages Provence Rose
Hancock & Hancock Tempranillo
Errazuriz Aconcagua Alto Carmenere
Augusts full Tasting video here
August's Box Tasting Notes in PDF