The Wine Society

Buy organic wine: The Wine Society

winesocitylogoWhen asked via Twitter (@IBlameTheWine) about the favourite wine merchant and wine club, the majority was quite firm in their opinion – it is The Wine Society.

I remember quite a few years ago a journalist actually named them as a best place where to invest £40 in wine experience. The trick is that The Wine Society is a charity and a club in itself – you would need to apply for a membership (which costs £40), and only after that to be able to order wines.

They employ a few dedicated wine buyers who cover majority of the regions and do a great job – they travel the world to find best wines, from the obscure grapes and independent wineries, to great branded wines as well. This is a professional service that really adds value to your shopping experience.

When looking at organic wines, they are currently stocking 41 different ones, check out the full lists at the exclusive All Organic Wines search tool. My last shopping experience was really smooth with them – I have ordered a 12 bottle mixed case, got free delivery (you got it when ordering 12 bottles or £75 in value), which was done by their own van. The only downside is that they cannot guarantee a time slot on the day – you simply need to be alert as they also send you a text that they cannot change a delivery time.

winecluboftheyear_winesocietyOn a plus side, their wine club is award winning as well – International Wine Challenge awarded it to them for fourth time in a row.

As a member you receive their wine offers regularly, you can use either Internet or mail order form to place your order; on top of that they also post some brochures on different wine regions and what’s hot and recommended to buy.

The Wine Society is already in The Best Organic Wines top list –

Domain de Rancy 2011 Le Mourvedre Cotes CatalanesI particularly liked this rancio style wine (concentrated and sweet-ish) made from organic Mourvedre grapes in the south of France. Domaine de Rancy 2011 from Cotes Catalanes got 28/35 rating and shows a very good concentration of black fruit flavours, some acidity as well to make it very exciting and pleasant.

This region is very close to Spain, but the careful work of the winemaker makes it possible to showcase how well Mourvedre (or Monastrell in Spain) can perform – good fruit and not lacking in refreshing abilities.

Silbador 2013 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon Chile

Silbador 2013 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile will not disappoint you either – at even higher rating of 29/35 it showcases how black fruit marries with spice and dark chocolate to fully amuse you senses. It has been produced by a superb Chilean organic winery – Emiliana, which pioneered organic movement in South America and became a well-known brand due to its values and great job with the wines.

Domaine Baillat Organic Rose CorbieresDomain Baillat 2014 Organic Rose from Corbieres is quite light at 12.5%, so presumably should be great with lighter picnic-style menus. There is something artificially pink in this wine’s colour, but yes, it is certified organic. When I tasted it, this rose lacked fruit and overall impression was quite disappointing. When turning to match it with the suggested tapas, I tried it with Spanish jamon and also with grilled mackerel, the wine doesn’t improve neither itself or the food, which is as shame. Just a thought about a region of Corbieres: their reds are spicy and rich, but this rose fails to impress on any level; do you think Corbieres taking it really not in the right direction? Having said that, this one is definitely to be avoided.

Beyra 2012 Organic Mencia PortugalOn the much better side, there is Beyra 2012, or if you want a full name like all those long Portuguese names: Rui Madeira Beyra Mencia Beira Interior 2012, which is made from Organic Mencia grapes. I have tried some outstanding examples of how Spanish winemakers use Mencia, and the wines are very rich, powerful, bold and full of black fruit flavours. This particular Portuguese bottle promised to be similar, but guess what, it wasn’t  – instead it was more refreshing, elegant, full of forest fruit and minerality; it is fresh as no oak ageing was conducted. The wine is very pleasant, even being so opposite from expectations.

It is rated highly at 29/35 (see how the wines are graded here) and will excite your taste buds!

You can see now that even though there are some uninspiring wines, The Wine Society does a great job with offering their members exciting and sometimes unusual wines.

There are a few welcome offers when you join, including a £20 discount on your first case, so I am quite sure you will like to discover a few organic wines through them.

Cheers!

 

About The Author

Dimitri

Dimitri is passionate about wines, food to go with it, happy & healthy lifestyle, digital marketing, start-ups and entrepreneurship. www.IBlameTheWine.com is about new organic wines in the UK, what to buy or avoid on the retailer shelves; tips on healthy and happy wine lifestyle, but also provides reviews and rankings for organic wines. Get in touch please, I am always on a lookout for new ideas and connections! Cheers.

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