Decanter’s Amy Wislocki has recommended a selection of current releases picked from The Wine Society’s excellent range, which is curated by nine buyers, including three MWs.
The firm is a cooperative owned by its 180,000 members. Founded in 1874, it has long been popular with wine lovers in the UK. The pandemic accelerated growth, and The Society has enjoyed its busiest and most successful years ever in 2020 and 2021, despite closing for two weeks at the start of the first lockdown, and being closed to new members for April and May 2020.
Some readers question our inclusion of The Wine Society in recommendations round-ups, on the basis that wines can only be purchased by members. But the range offered by this non-profit making organisation offers such a high level of excitement and diversity that most UK wine lovers would reap rewards from paying the one-off £40 membership fee (especially considering that on joining new members receive £20 off their first order).
Many retailers would envy its average bottle spend of almost £11. Over half of sales are of French wine – with Italy and Spain the next most important in terms of sales – but many other regions are seeing a sharp increase in demand, including England, Greece and Austria. Many popular wines sell out fast, so don’t hang around if something takes your fancy. The Society has slashed prices on over 200 wines recently, to reflect changing economic circumstances, including a more favourable exchange rate – most up-to-date prices displayed below.
The Wine Society was awarded Outstanding Retailer of the Year 2021 in Decanter’s Retailer Awards, as well as Best Large Online Retailer of the Year and Best Virtual Wine Experience. It also took top spot as Austria Specialist of the Year, Portugal Specialist of the Year, and South & Regional France Specialist of the Year.
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The Wine Society: top wines to try
The vast majority of these wines were tasted at press tastings hosted in June and September 2021. The remaining recommendations were tasted previously, but are still available to buy.