Get Wine Delivered to Your Home During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Get your boozy fix even while practising social distancing throughout the month
This story was updated on May 12, 2020
With the “circuit breaker” measures in place until June 1, we must stay at home to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. Non-essential businesses are closed for a month, and yes, that includes your favourite wine bars and merchants. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll have to settle for a dry month, as they’re offering our favourite pours for delivery. Cheers to that!
The members’ only wine store is home to a bevy of well-curated bottles, which co-founder (and self-confessed wine nerd) Justin Dry and team source directly from the best wine producers across the globe. Without the middleman (aka importers), most of their offerings are on the affordable range.
For example, the Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Cabernet Franc 2014, which wine critic James Suckling praises as a “rich and glorious wine” retails for $109 only. There are regular special offers, too, including the Black Market Deal, which highlights a bottle (without revealing the brand) for a very special price. Orders can be placed online. Check out the wines here.
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1855 The Bottle Shop
It’s business as usual for the homegrown wine retailer, whose extensive offerings spanning wines and spirits are also available on its e-store. Get your hands on covetable sips such as the Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 2014, which is currently on sale at $159, and the Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle Rouge 2016, now at $239.
Special promotions like these are updated every month, and if you spend more than $350, you even get a complimentary Winecation Kit. This includes a wine glass, pocket sanitiser, gourmet snack and pasta, tomato-based sauce, and one pack of card game. Orders can be placed online and the delivery fee is waived for purchases above $200. Check out the wines here.
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While the website is currently under construction, you can call (9758 9006) or email (email@example.com) the wine retailer to request for its comprehensive wine list. There is a decent selection from old and new world wine regions, but the majority of its bottles come from France. In fact, it's the exclusive distributor for renowned maisons such as Château Lafite Rothschild, Château L'Évangile and Château Rieussec.
During the “circuit breaker” period, free delivery is offered for purchases above $300. If you exceed $500, you’ll also receive a complimentary Atout charcuterie platter.
Taste of Tradition
One good thing about this wine retailer is that you don’t need to sign up as a member to take advantage of its wine delivery services. Just go to the website to browse its wide range of tipples from old and new world wine regions. Standouts include the Champagne Jacquart from France, exclusively distributed by ToT, as well as the Robert Weil Riesling Spatlese Kiedrich Klosterberg from Germany.
It also prides itself for shipping all the wines in refrigerated containers, ensuring the beautiful flavours are preserved until the bottles are delivered to your doorstep. Orders can be placed through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and phone call (6299 9300). Just for April, free delivery is offered for orders above $100. Check out the wines here.
With the temporary closure of its tasting lab due to the “circuit breaker” restrictions, bring the wine experience to your home and have your favourite wines dispatched to your house. There are a lot of covetable gems on its repertoire; the Chateau D’Yquem, 1st Growth, Premier Cru Superieur 1990, and the Alter Ego De Palmer 2013 (2nd Wine Of Chateau Palmer, 3rd Growth), are among the few. These are also available in limited quantities. Orders can be placed online, and the delivery fee is waived for purchases above $150. Check out the wines here.
Analogue Wine Merchant
If you don't know which wines to choose, then opt for the Stay-Home Sampler Packs available during the "circuit-breaker" period. Based on your budget and preference, the knowledgeable staff will work closely with you to curate your six-bottle pack. Choose one sparkling wine, two bottles each of white and red, and a half-bottle of sweet wine from its extensive wine list, which includes delicate Muscadets, robust Zinfandels and sparkling wines. Available for pick-up and delivery. The delivery fee is $25, but it's waived for orders above $250. Check out the wines here.
The wine merchant carries mostly Australian wines, specifically from Ernest Hill Wines from Hunter Valley. The 20-year-old family boutique winery has won numerous awards in China, Austria, London and Australia. At its home turf, revered Australian wine critic gave it a five-star rating at the Wine Companion 2020 edition.
On the e-store, you can find the winery’s top-shelf labels such as the William Henry Shiraz 2017, one of their premium Shiraz offerings, and the Cyril Semillon 2017, their legacy white wine produced since 2002. Delivery fee is waived for online purchases of at least two bottles, but if you buy six, you get an extra bottle for free. Choose from the Luna Spark dessert wine, the Rosalie Joan Verdelho, or the "Cracklin" Rosé. Check out the wines here.