Caught short with no wine at home? Dinner party panic? Last-minute gift? Relax. Drop is a wine delivery app whose bespoke service aims to deliver “top quality, expertly chosen, great value wines” to zones one and two Londoners. As you might expect from Ian Campbell and Will Palmer, the team behind Covent Garden’s 10 Cases wine bar and bistrot, a moveable feast of cheeses, breads, chocolates, smoked salmon and charcuterie is also on the menu.
Scrolling through the home page’s wine suggestions, options allow you to click on a bottle pic or search your wine by colour, style, price or keyword. Prices start at £7.50 for a 2015 Cal y Canto Verdejo de Castilla, while 70 of the eclectic wines (there are over 120 in total) fall into the handy £10-£25 range. Then you hit the serious stuff: Gigondas (Grenache-Carignan-Syrah, Château de St Cosme, £34), red Burgundy (2009 Pinot Noir, Fontaine-Gagnard, Volnay, £49), Meursault (2010 Chardonnay, Vieilles Vignes, Alain Patriarche, £35.60) and Champagne, all the way up the ladder to Krug at £140.
Search functions are easy to navigate, there’s no minimum order and delivery is free, unless you’re in a tearing hurry, in which case you pay an extra £3 for instant wine relief. Click on a wine and up pops a description from Campbell and Palmer. I opted for the Grenache, Altaroses, Joan d’Anguera, Montsant (£15.35). Delivered by electric bike, it arrived on the dot and hit the spot. Plus from January it will be possible to pick up a bottle in person, when Drop HQ launches in Covent Garden.