Let’s talk about wine. We all like to pretend we’re wine connoisseurs every now and again; sniffing the cork, talking about ‘earthy notes’ and wine matching, but the reality is, most of us know precious little. And that’s fine! One thing we can most probably agree on; we like good value.
That’s why I decide to share a little about consumer feedback on some of the best places to buy wine. After all, word of mouth is usually the feedback I trust the most.
Supermarkets Vs Specialists
In the Online Retailer of The Year Awards from winesdirect.com, 1,200 customers and subscribers were asked a bunch of questions about their experiences buying wine online.
Nearly 30% of its customers buy their wine from Tesco, with Asda not too far behind. In fact, people tend to shop at supermarkets more than specialised wine merchants, which is quite interesting. Perhaps people are just more familiar with the shops they regularly buy food and drinks from? Who knows, but perhaps these types of awards can shed some light on what a vaster range of wine sellers can offer.
The gold medal for Customer Service went to Laithwaite’s, with M&S Wine coming second. Customer service is always of most importance when buying online, and we all know how frustrating it can be when you can’t get any help. Laithwaite’s also won a silver medal for its wine range, so it seems like a retailer that people value quite highly. Online shopping exists to make thing easier for people, and it is a complete blessing. So why not order wine online, I suppose?
Interestingly, Majestic Wine won Online Retailer of The Year, indicating it’s a decent allrounder. I would give it a go just to see what all the fuss is about! In terms of value for money, it’s probably no surprise that people voted for Aldi Wine as the winner. Aldi, in general, is a reasonably priced supermarket so it’s worth trying out their wine range.
In summary, it seems like those specialised wine retailers really came out on top for customer service, delivery and wine range. But, for everyday consumers, value for money is important, which is where the supermarkets come out on top.
Decanter World Wine Awards
But, of course, we’re not only about value. Taste is of most importance, so this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards might help you out in that sense.
France, as a wine producer, claimed eight of the Platinum Best in Show trophies on offer. It’s definitely not overrated as a wine region.
Interestingly, Uruguay also won two awards. Uruguay is emerging as a great producer of wine as of late, and its Marks and Spencer’s Pisano Cisplatino Tannat is now available in the UK. So that’s definitely worth a try.