Jancis Robinson reaches out to wine retailers offering to deliver to self-isolators

Jancis Robinson has collated a list of nearly 250 wine retailers who will deliver to consumers who are self-isolating. 

The list of retailers from around the world, which is listed on her website JancisRobinson.com, is predominantly focused on UK retailers. These are broken down by region and listed alphabetically. 

The list was compiled following a call by Robinson on Twitter yesterday, asking for retailers to get in touch with her if they were able to offer this service. 

Speaking to Drinks Retailing she said: “I tweeted the idea and have since been overwhelmed by the response. Submissions are still flooding in. I spent nine hours on it yesterday and a further two this morning.”

Many retailers who sent in details also included additional comments about their services, such as specifying the deliveries will be “contact free”. 

A number of retailers are also reporting a surge in demand for wine. 

Bottle Apostle, which has four stores in London, said: “It has been non-stop in the shops since before the weekend” while Noble Green Wines is also seeing a “massive increase in online sales”. 

Plenty of retailers are offering deliveries free, or they are relaxing their minimum delivery charges. 

Corkage in Guildford said it hasn’t previously had a delivery service but it is now trying to get wine to its regular customers at home. It said: “We are only able to do this locally but we are doing it for no charge.”

Others are offering to deliver more than wine. Eight Stony Street, in Frome, Somerset, said it is “Delivering wine and offering online tasting videos for selected cases for people to get a more connected experience. You can also add a gorgeous sourdough pizza or home-made loaf of bread to your order.”

Taurus Wine in Surrey said it is next to a large animal feed shop, and therefore it can also bring “dog, cat, horse or even llama food at the same time!”

Quaff Wine in Brighton and Hove said if it was forced to close the staff will remain in the shops to process both home deliveries and click and collect, or phone order deliveries. “People can drive up, call us from outside, and we will simply walk out and drop it in their boot.”

And natural wine specialists, Real Wine UK in Brighton, is offering free delivery and 15% off each order for NHS staff while Davy’s, which has a store in Greenwich, said: “We are donating £1 in every @20 spent online and in our Greenwich shop to Greenwich Food Bank.”

Lea & Sandeman, which has five London stores, said: ”We will remain open for business – both in our shops, while we can, and online – with our usual delivery service to private customers all over the country augmented by the vehicles and drivers that would normally be delivering to your favourite restaurants.” It said it would relax the minimum order for these deliveries. 

The Sampler in Islington, said: “We are using our lovely local black cab driver Dave the Cabbie, who hasn’t much work at the moment.”

While online orders are high, retailers also stressed how hard this situation is on their businesses.

Tring Winery in Hertfordshire said: “Us small wine retailers are definitely about to go through the ringer and we have only been open one month so it is doubly tough for us. Free delivery, even on a single bottle, to anywhere in a 10mile radius of us.”

Mr & Mrs Fine Wine in Southwell also stressed the difficulties they have been facing. “We have put all our blood, sweat and not to say savings and finances into making it the best Independent business we can be. We have already had to lose one temporary member and curtail hours. The effects for us as a business and family are more than I can even put into words – a raw, emotional and worrying time for us all.”

Robinson has listed the email address: editorial@jancisrobinson.com for any additional wine retailers who would like to appear on the list. 

The full list is visible here: www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/wine-retailers-wholl-deliver-self-isolators

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