JWL Issue #127: Great Wines from our cellar

February 2, 2021

A year ago today, I was still working for my old company. Last week, we shipped over 200 boxes of wine ourselves.

When you start out on an entrepreneurial journey, you never quite know where it will take you – but shipping wine from our own Camberwell warehouse fills me with joy, and marks a significant chapter for us.

February shipments are almost fully packed. There is one thing missing which is a bottle of wine we're importing from Austria. The Czech riesling is boxed up and ready to go, and for our Case customers, there's Brouilly, torrontes, syrah, and pinot blanc to boot.

Both Brexit and covid are causing huge delays for us. Our wine has been sat in Calais now for almost a week, we have been told it's on its way to us over the next few days. We are ready to ship within one day of arrival.

The other shift this year as you may have read in the news, is there's a packaging shortage. As a result, we're using a series of temporary packaging.

Wine List Zooms are back

We ran a series of these in November and they were very well received. Well, now is time for our first selection of 2021.

This Friday at 8.30pm, you can enjoy "Forgotten Grapes" – a two-wine tasting of malvajiza and bobal for £40. The malvazija  has become a Wine List instant classic, and we think bobal is well worth a look too. Order before Wednesday at 1pm to guarantee delivery.

On Friday 19th, we have "An introduction to Burgundy" – a two wine tasting exploring one white and one red Burgundy. Burgundy is my personal favourite wine-producing region in the entire world. I love both its whites and its reds. Join us to discover what the fuss is about tasting a white and red Burgundy for £90.

On Friday 26th Feb, we've got the one-bottle "An introduction to Champagne" – this includes a bottle of our Michel Gonet 3 Terroirs 2010 blanc de blancs. Not sure what a blanc de blancs is? Or why Champagne method wine costs more than Prosecco? Well this event, priced at £45 per head, is the perfect way to find out – and celebrate as well.

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Great value quaffers from our cellar

Jummare Vermentino (£13.50) is a full-bodied and rich Sicilian white, packed full of acacia honey, hawthorn and other citrus notes. We love this with sardine beccafico, a seriously addictive Sicilian sardine dish - check out Great British Chef's recipe here. (P.S., we love Great British Chefs).

Cuvée Henry (£14) is a dry chenin blanc from the Loire Valley. Chenin is famous in two places, Loire, and South Africa. This has aromas of yellow apple, lemon, honey and toast, which jump out of this glass. Less than a case left.

I love white Burgundy. But sadly, can't often afford the pricetag of the world's best chardonnay. Which is why, the forgotten grape aligoté from Burgundy fills me with joy. With Mallon's 2018 (£18.95), expect similar aromas of white fleshy stone fruits and white flowers, but underpinned with the minerality you might expect from Chablis.


What glasses should we use?

This question has come up a few times on Instagram over the last few weeks, especially after spotting our very own glassware in our videos.

How much difference does a glass really make? Well, while many things in wine are based in tradition rather than actual best practice, with wine glasses – it actually means quite a lot.

That said, you don't need to spend hundreds of pounds on you glassware (or stemware for the heads out there).

Instead, the most important thing is that your wine glasses (A) taper towards the top and (B) are clear.

While certain shapes can help amplify different characteristics, as a basepoint, a glass that tapers is the top priority.

The taper helps a wine breathe inside the glass, with a large amount of surface area come into contact with oxygen. And then, it concentrate the aromas at the top so your nose can easily start to pick them up.

We have created our own Everyday Wine Glass, which we sell in sets of six for £49. We're currently awaiting a restock of these, if you would like to buy some – hit reply and we'll get you sorted as soon as we can.

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