Decanter’s Amy Wislocki and Tina Gellie have 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 165,000 members. Founded in 1874, it has long been popular with wine lovers in the UK. Indeed, it enjoyed its busiest and most successful year ever in 2020, despite closing for two weeks at the start of the first lockdown, and being closed to new members for April and May.
Many retailers would envy its average bottle spend of over £10. Over half of sales are of French wine, but the range is diverse and rewarding. Many popular wines sell out fast, so don’t hang around if something takes your fancy.
The Wine Society was awarded Large Online Retailer of the Year 2020 in Decanter’s Retailer Awards, also taking top spot as Spain and Portugal Specialist of the Year, South & Regional France Specialist of the Year, and Austria Specialist of the Year.
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The Wine Society: top wines to try
The first nine recommendations were tasted at The Wine Society’s Autumn / Winter 2020 press tasting in late September. The remaining wines were recommended from previous tastings and are still available on the merchant’s website.