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The Sampler wine merchant London

Buy organic wine: The Sampler

The Sampler was a place where I first discovered the beauty and the benefits of using enomatic machines for tasting wine.
Have you ever wondered how would a 50 or 60 years old wine taste like?
Imagine, if you like Rioja, you get to sample a tasting measure of a quality Rioja dated back to 1960s, and for a fraction of its price. I still remember that wonderfully aged 25 ml sample of Rioja – it was just £5 and I knew – if someone will offer it to be purchased for £80 or more, I will politely decline the offer – the wine is very good, but not outstanding, and also not blowing my mind!

At the same time, this is where I have discovered that Rioja Crianza can taste differently based on how it was produced; and Chardonnay can be beautiful when unoaked as opposed to a cloying buttery flavour of Ozzie oaked Chardonnay. The list goes on.

This is the shop which influenced me to go and study wine in more detail – that is how I started with WSET intermediate certificate, which then was swiftly followed by an advanced certificate. That was back in 2011 and now, 4 years after, I found myself so hooked I have started on the Diploma level, which is currently half way through.

The Sampler wine merchant London

Yet enough about me, let’s talk a bit more about The Sampler. You will need to get a sampler card and pre-load it with some money to taste their wines. They usually publish some examples of what is currently on offer – just check their website.

If you like some wines, you can buy them to take home. Currently they have two branches – Angel one, which is simply a shop with a few tasting (enomatic) wine machines, and South Kensington one, which is much bigger and also features a bar, so if you would want something to snack on, you can find cheese and charcuterie boards there.

As opposed to Vagabond Wines, reviewed just earlier, The Sampler also features and shop and a wine club.
They currently offer more than 1500 wines, yet only 33 of them are organic. I will be tasting more of their organic wines later on, you can follow their selection at the brand new All Organic Wine searcher page.

In the meantime, let me give you a taster what kind of wines I have already bought from them last year (sadly, not organic, but there are currently a few dozens of organic wines in stock):
Palacios Petalos 2012 from Bierzo, Spain is made from 100% Mencia grapes, and the vineyards are from 40 to 90 years old. Both new and old oak is used to make this spicy red even more intriguing and juicy. See the full review here.

Uvas de la Ira 2013 Dani Landi is made at a very up and coming winery from Metrida, a high altitude region just south of Madrid. For more information about the wine, check out my review here.

Macia Batle Reserva 2009 from Mallorca is a very interesting wine to try simply because their main grape is somewhat unusual Manto Negro – an indigenous variety from this Balearic island. Are you a fan of rare and obscure grapes?

Juan Gil Silver Label 2012 is made at Bodegas Juan Gil in Jumulla. The winery is dated back to 1916 and now have 120ha of vineyards in the region. This Silver label Cuvee is sourced from 40 year old Monastrell vineyards and aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. Check out my tasting note here. I simply love Monastrell, what do you think of this grape?

Monte Oton Garnacha 2012 is made by Bodegas Borsao, the people behind Tres Picos, this is from the Campo de Borja region, south east from Rioja. Garnacha performs beautifully here, see more details about this wine here.

If you are interested to find out which organic wines they stock, check All Organic Wines searcher. For more organic wine reviews and top examples of organic reds, whites and rose, and where to buy organic wine, check The Best Organic Wines.


About The Author


Dimitri is passionate about wines, food to go with it, happy & healthy lifestyle, digital marketing, start-ups and entrepreneurship. 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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