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Our pick of the best curated cases and mixed packs of wine to bring diversity and discovery to your wine drinking

“The world of wine is diverse and fascinating. We should keep discovering new styles, new varieties and new regions and in that spirit every region deserves a chance, at least once,” said Sonal Holland, India’s first and currently only Master of Wine, in a recent interview with Tatler. “If you want to be knowledgeable or discover the world of wine in its entirety, you must explore beyond what you think you enjoy, because you never know what you might find.”

So, why not take Holland’s advice on board and consider a fun pack or curated mixed case, where collections are put together by professionals, for your next wine purchase? At a time when we might find ourselves self-isolating at home, avoiding going out unnecessarily or facing an impending lockdown, and each day within the same four walls looks just like the last, take the decision-making out of your next wine delivery and add diversity to your drinking. Life is too short to always choose the same wines. And, who knows? When you mix things up, you might just discover a new grape, region, style or producer to fall in love with.

La Cabane

Explore the world of natural wines with a fun mixed pack from Hong Kong’s leading natural wine bar. La Cabane has put together wine collections to get you through the current Covid uncertainty. The 5th Wave Aid Kit brings together interesting and unusual skin-contact wines, including orange and rosé styles, while a Countdown to Lockdown package has all the wines you’ll need to get your through a possible lockdown, with the option to order either 6,12 or 18 bottles and add on cheese, foie gras or saucisson. Find yourself in hotel quarantine? La Cabane has a box for that, too. The Quarantine Pack Attack allows you to choose from several three-packs of best-selling natural wines accompanied by a cheese and charcuterie selection. La Cabane will also ensure you receive two wine glasses and a corkscrew so nothing gets in the way of your drinking experience. Keen to forget all about Covid? Other themed cases include Chenin Blanc All The Way, Syrah & Co, and Chilled reds, to name a few.

Shop at lacabane.hk

Wine Brothers

Australian wine e-tailer Wine Brothers offers a wide range of mixed packs featuring three, six or 12 bottles. With a focus on small-batch wines from Down Under, its curations provide an opportunity to sample Australian wines you may not find elsewhere. Choose from packs such as the Cool Climate pack, which shows how certain grapes shine in Australia’s distinctive climate; The Alternative pack, an exploration of wineries and wines pushing boundaries in winemaking; or the High Point pack, which brings together bottles that have been highly rated by Australian wine expert and critic James Halliday. Looking to add a bit of a fizz to a dull day? There’s a Pét-nat pack, and a Sparkling pack, both of which showcase how brilliantly Aussies do bubbles.

Wine Brothers is offering Tatler readers 25% discount off your first order until June 30, 2022. Simply enter the code ‘TatlerDiningHK’ when you shop at winebrothers.com.hk

 

The Picky Somm

The Picky Somm encourages oenophiles to discover the world of wine through its monthly ‘Tour in a Box’ sets, each containing four bottles of wine around a theme, whether by varietal, producer or region. Thoughtfully collated by the platform's professional sommelier, they are accompanied by collectable wine cards featuring fun facts, pairing ideas and snack tips. Although the monthly subscription boxes at The Picky Somm's main offering, there are also some one-off tailored sets ripe for the current situation, such as the Netflix box set, ideal for lazy (locked-down?) evenings in front of the TV, and other options that allow customers to explore a varietal or style from the comfort of their own home, whether that’s pinot with The Picky Somm’s Pinot Selection or Roman bubbles with an Italian Fizz box set.

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Ginsberg & Chan

Wine purveyor Ginsberg & Chan, a firm favourite among wine professionals, offers two considered mixed cases designed with quarantiners in mind, but these are equally suited to those looking for variety in these monotonous times. Ginsberg & Chan’s Regular Quarantine 6 Bottle Mixed Case features both Old World and New World wines, and takes drinkers on a journey from Champagne to Burgundy via the Southern Rhone and the Loire before heading to California, while the Premium Mixed Case features highly rated wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne. There’s also the option to add two Spiegelau Definition wine glasses to your order to ensure you get the best out of these fine bottles.

Shop at ginsbergchan.com 

Toasst

A wine club and concierge, Toasst mainly caters to monthly subscribers, but also offers curated boxes that seek to highlight both renowned and up-and-coming wine regions and encourage the discovery of new wines from independent producers. The wines that appear in Toasst boxes are as noteworthy as those found on the wine lists of exceptional fine dining restaurants—and are accompanied by details about each wine, tasting notes and food pairing tips. Custom boxes are available on request, or drinkers can choose from one of Toasst’s tried-and-tested cases, such as the Best of Toasst, an ever-changing collection of club members’ favourites, or Green and Clean, which will introduce drinkers to organic wines that span the globe—from Southern France to Switzerland to Patagonia.   

Shop at toasst.co

Corney & Barrow

With 240 years in the business, English wine merchant Corney & Barrow offers a time-tested selection of mixed cases to Hong Kong customers, as well as the option to ‘build your own’ mixed case by choosing from some of the merchant’s firm favourites and own labels. Curated collections include a Corney & Barrow-label range focused on French wines that takes drinkers through various styles from sparkling to sweet, with Burgundy and Bordeaux in between; to mixed cases of either French (six bottles) or Italian (12 bottles) classics, the latter bringing together fine examples from Italy’s favourite wine-producing regions, whether that's a Sicilian chardonnay, or a Barolo or barbera from Piedmont.

Shop at corneyandbarrow.com.hk

The Cellar Selection by Black Sheep Restaurants

Now you can enjoy the expertise of Black Sheep Restaurants’ sommeliers at home with the newly launched Cellar Selection. The group’s Master Sommelier Arnaud Bardary, and the team of sommeliers take their pick of the restaurant’s wine cellars for these surprise cases of six bottles, which will be on offer for two weeks at a time with next day delivery (provided you live between Shek Tong Tsui and Happy Valley). Standard and Master options are available with each collection put together around a theme, from Aperitif in Italy, a Standard case featuring six smooth-drinking Italian wines, to All About Nebbiolo, a Master collection of Piedmont wines, the region from where Barolo and Barbaresco hail. Following the trip to Italy, look forward to The Faces of Malbec (Standard) and Bardary’s own Sommelier’s Personal Cellar (Master) for which the Master Sommelier has selected some of his own incredible discoveries. Prices are based on retail not restaurant prices, providing drinkers with a more modest way to enjoy these wines.  

To shop, look for The Cellar Selection store on GO

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