Advantages Great value boutique wines
Disadvantages The on-line wine auctions are addictive!
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Fine Virgin Wines
I have been buying from Virgin Wines for about three years and I have been consistently impressed with the quality and value for money of their wines. They have got a very good range of wines from all around the world, which vary in price from as little as £4 right up to £85 for a bottle of Dom Perignon 2000.I belong to their Wine Bank, which is effectively a loyalty programme. You pay £20 each month into the Wine Bank and every three months Virgin Wines will add another £20 in interest, so when you come to buy your wine you effectively get 25% off. You can pay more into your Wine Bank if you want to and you will be rewarded with a reciprocal amount of interest (i.e. £30 a month would attract £30 interest and so on). Because most of the wines they stock are generally small production 'boutique' wines, you cannot buy them anywhere else in most instances, which can make them a great talking point at dinner parties and summer BBQ's.
Virgin Wines also have an Auction area on their website where you can pick up a real steal. Last year I purchased a dozen bottles of Leasingham Bin 56 Cabernet Malbec with a retail price of £120 for just £56. In addition, they have seasonal sales and last January I picked up a mixed case of Chilean Red Wine, which I selected myself, for about half price.As with most wine clubs, Virgin Wines offer a full money back guarantee - if you don't like a particular wine, just tell them and they will give you a refund.
My current Virgin Wines recommendations are Etnico Cabernet Sauvignon @ £8.99 (Chile), Rustenburg John X Merriman @ £10.99 (South Africa) and La Testa Classic McLaren Blend @ £11.99 - discounted from £19.99 (Australia). Don't forget if you belong to the Wine Bank you can subtract 25% off of these prices….
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