At the beginning of lockdown we ran out of a wine.
Not a major problem some of you might think, but we missed sitting down with a glass or two, especially on a Thursday night when we take part in the Full Moon (Little Kingsmill) virtual pub quiz.
So, when we found out about Lloyds Wines delivery service, we were very happy. But what made us even happier was discovering that, like us, Lloyds Wines like to support the small producers.
Have you ever been to a supermarket and stood in front of the hundreds of bottles of wine and thought “I have no idea what to buy”. How on earth are we supposed to choose? To be honest, I usually buy one because I like the label. I’m not a wine connoisseur, and I can’t pretend to know anything about wine other than how to open the bottle, but I do know that some wines I like and some I don’t.
When we received a mixed case of wine from Lloyds Wines I got really excited when I saw the lovely labels. “Let’s try the one with the donkey on it” I said, excitedly. How was I to know that this particular Portuguese red, Vale da Burra, (£7.99) is one of the best house reds in the UK? It has been their bestselling red for the last 3 years and we understand why; it was fruity, not too heavy and very nice indeed.
Last weekend, sitting in the garden in the hot sunshine, we cracked open a bottle of rose. Now I have to say I think this might just be the nicest rose I have ever tasted. A Vignes d’Oc rose ((£7.99), with 50% Cinsault, 30% Grenache Noir and 20% Syrah – it was absolutely delicious!
With a next-door-but-one neighbour celebrating his 40th birthday, we shared a couple of bottles with any neighbours we could see over the garden fences, keeping to the social distancing measures of course. They loved the Ortonese Malvasia Chardonnay (£9.99), described by Lloyds Wines as a wine made for wine drinkers seeking good value for money; we couldn’t have described it better ourselves. And the Kaiken Malbec (£11.99) with its deep purple colour and hints of chocolate went down particularly well with the bbq.
We haven’t worked our way through the whole case yet but what we can tell you is that we won’t be standing in front of the supermarket shelves of wine any more, we’ll be ordering from Lloyds Wines where we know that the red, white and rose wines, however their labels look, will be thoroughly enjoyable.
Delivery is free within 25 miles of Great Missenden throughout the lockdown.
To order call 07547 645917 or email Sales@lloydswines.com.
The Stables Wine Shop
Upper Warren Farm