Before we begin I’d just like to mention I’m a die-hard stout drinker so what I know about wine you could write on the back of a first class stamp.
A few weeks back I travelled to the excellent Blackheath Cooks for a free night of wine tasting. There waiting for me was an evening with Everyday Wines and some very pleasant company from fellow SE7 and SE3 residents. Everyday Wines is Ben and Svenja. The office is in their conservatory and the warehouse is in Belvedere. It was set up last year to stop the need for people rooting around supermarkets looking for the best deals. All the wine is from the Languedoc Rousillion region of France. Ben explains, “I picked grapes down there when I was a student so I know the area quite well”. All bottles are £5.50 and are available in crates of six, and yes, you can mix and match a crate.
There’s seven wines on offer and I’m told this will grow over time. Each is accompanied by an audio clip from the evening so they can explain each for themselves:
Rosé BIO Cinsault Grenache
Picpoul de Pinet Le Jade 2009
Viognier Le Jade 2009
Muscat Sec ‘Larmes d’Alexandra’
Domaine Pujol Izard 2008
Jaja de Jau – Syrah 2009
Jaja de Jau – Carignan 2009
It was an enjoyable evening. At one stage I felt far too drunk to be talking civilised to strangers. After mingling some more I quickly realised we were all in the same boat. I left with a mixed crate under my arm and I am currently in the process of ordering a couple more. I can highly recommend all the wines but the one that stuck out for me was the Syrah. It says on their website that they are “so confident that you will like all of our wines, that we offer a full exchange or refund guarantee on unopened bottles”. I’m such a fan of the Syrah that if you don’t like it I’ll probably give you the money myself .
Everyday Wines have an online shop and can deliver to your door. I believe they currently only deliver to the SE3, SE7 and SE10 post codes. They are also willing to arrange a wine tasting evening so you can experince them before buying. If you’re a local group or association and you want Ben and Svenja to visit then contact them. They can even send you a box to try by yourselves if you like. I’m not on commission by the way.
Here’s some audio of them explaining a little more about the company: