In the digital age we live in where every weird and wonderful wish can be fulfilled at the touch of a button, there really is no need to be making a dash to the corner shop in the rain for a below-par overpriced bottle of wine. If you’ve yet to join the savvy drinkers who’ve already enjoyed the luxury of having delicious wine brought to their door within an hour – then the holiday season is definitely the time to get involved.
So what are the options…
Drop Wine App
If you’re in Zones 1 & 2 this is your go-to. Launching last year as the first merchant to offer such a service, and coming from the founders of The 10 Cases and recently opened Parsons in Covent Garden, these guys are pioneers in affordable great wines and they know their stuff.
Bottles start from £7.50, all from their carefully selected library of 150 or more wines at their Endell Street base, and there’s no minimum order. You can filter by colour, price and style, plus they offer extras such as cheese and charcuterie to add to your wine supply – Drop, we salute you.
The app is easy to use and beautifully designed, delivery is free if you’re not in a hurry or a mere £1.50 for the hour service.
Wine on Demand
A newly launched service from online merchant Wanderlust Wines. You’ll need to order via their online shop and they deliver anywhere within a 12km radius of SE1 within in an hour – marvellous if you’re a little further out in say, Richmond – however at the point of writing this feature there were only seven wines available on that service (they offer a limited selection from their full online range) and their delivery charges range from £4.99 to a hefty £15 depending on distance, so whilst it has potential – they may not get our vote just yet.
Having been available in Paris since 2015, KOL launched their London service earlier this year with a 30 minute delivery time and the promise of your order arriving at serving temperature.
Whilst not a wine specialist, this app has a decent selection of 48 wines to choose from and has the huge benefit of delivering through till 5am, yes really. It’s only available Thurs to Sun, and limited to Zone 1, but they also have a fantastic range of spirits, mixers and other bits if you’re in full on party mode…Possibly dangerous but inevitably handy too.
Earlier this year Amazon Prime launched a one hour wine delivery service, plus you can get your wine fix via Deliveroo or Uber Eats - very convenient if you're ordering in dinner. However, these can tend to have a less specialist offering and/or heavier mark-ups, so if it’s quality you’re after then we’d recommend sticking with the independents, and having tried and tested we’re pinning our colours on Drop.