Send wine… Six websites for a quick vinous fix

These are the online wine merchants to bookmark for the best in Burgundy or bubbles

“Pour it again, Sam”: a scene from Casablanca
“Pour it again, Sam”: a scene from Casablanca | Image: Getty Images

The Wine Society

In operation since 1874, The Wine Society continues to inspire wine aficionados and critics across the UK, and is regularly accoladed for its list and online service. As it’s a member-owned cooperative, profits are used to ensure prices remain attractive. Its range of own-label wines – from Beaujolais Villages 2018 (£7.95 a bottle) to The Exhibition Range Barbaresco 2015 (£29 a bottle) – are always dependable on the dinner table. thewinesociety.com

Essential Wines mixed case of six (£195) from Lea & Sandeman
Essential Wines mixed case of six (£195) from Lea & Sandeman

Lea & Sandeman

The online platform of Lea & Sandeman (the latest wine merchant to receive a Royal Warrant) is stepping up its delivery service to bring Covid-compliant cases to customers nationwide. Especially well regarded for its choices from Burgundy and Italy, Lea & Sandeman has put together a selection of hunker-down wines to get customers through the coming weeks. The Essential Wines mixed case of six (£195) features a crisp 2018 Sancerre from the Loire’s Domaine Vincent Delaporte and a 2011 Fronsac from Château Carlmagnus. leaandsandeman.co.uk

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The Whisky Exchange

Enjoying its 20th anniversary, The Whisky Exchange now sells much more than just whisky. While the spirits selection remains formidable, there’s also an award-winning wine list overseen by Dawn Davies MW, who is planning to create online tutorials for stay-at-homers. Plus international-delivery options remain operational. thewhiskyexchange.com

A selection by Clos19, LVMH’s online outpost
A selection by Clos19, LVMH’s online outpost

Clos19

The online offering from luxury-brand conglomerate LVMH covers the luxury end of the wine scale – and there’s no shortage of bubbles. Offerings from the LVMH drinks stable – from Krug and Moët & Chandon to Château d’Yquem and Glenmorangie – range from a Mini Moët bottle (£13) to a special-edition jeroboam of Dom Pérignon’s 2003 rosé (£3,960). clos19.com

Californian Monterey Pinot Noir 2015 (£19) by Moobuzz, from Roberson Wine
Californian Monterey Pinot Noir 2015 (£19) by Moobuzz, from Roberson Wine

Roberson Wine

“We want every wine we sell to be the best of its type, from a £10 rosé to a £3,000 grand cru Burgundy,” says owner Cliff Roberson, who opened Roberson Wine as a bricks-and-mortar shop in Kensington in 1991 before moving the business online. The site is best known for its US and rosé selections – and vegan wines also get a look in; try the Californian Monterey Pinot Noir 2015 (£19) from Italian-emigré winemakers Moobuzz. robersonwine.com. SUE STYLE 

British-made Gusbourne Brut Reserve is available from 31Dover
British-made Gusbourne Brut Reserve is available from 31Dover

31Dover 

The e-outpost of luxury-drinks-trade provider Vanquish – supplier to drinking dens such as the Chiltern Firehouse – sells just about any alcoholic beverage you can think of. The champagne section features big names such as Moët & Chandon and Dom Pérignon, alongside the British-made Gusbourne Brut Reserve sparkling wine, while the wine selection is an equally well-balanced mix. 31dover.comLYDIA WINTER 

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Tom Harrow is a fine-wine commentator, consultant, presenter – and the head wine guru for wine merchant Honest Grapes. “The award-wining Sommelier Selection wines are available online for next-day delivery nationwide,” he says. “The regular programme of tasting events is moving online for the foreseeable, with growers joining live to talk through their wines. A series of virtual Bring A Bottle fine-wine meet-ups is also planned.” honestgrapes.co.uk

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