10 great restaurant wines for UK home delivery

One of the very few good things to have come out of the coronavirus lockdown has been the redistribution of restaurant wines to consumers at home – and we’ve rounded up 10 great examples available for delivery in the UK right now.

Berkmann will donate funds from direct to consumer online wine sales to support the hospitality industry through the pandemic

Hailing from a famous supplier of fine bottles to the UK restaurant trade, Berkmann Wine Cellars, the following selection gives you a taste of some wonderful and rare wines that were destined for great dining establishments now sadly shuttered up due to Covid-19.

And, by ordering through Berkmann for home delivery, you will also be raising much-needed funds for two charities: The Drinks Trust and Hospitality Action.

The wines have been selected by myself from a bigger list – which can be viewed here – based on what I would ideally order from the site, and take in a mix of gems that would very rarely be seen in UK retailers, if at all.

Among these is a brilliant food-friendly pink Champagne from Drappier, because you don’t need good times to drink great fizz, and a lovely refreshing dry sherry, because it offers so much flavour for so little cash.

Then there are some more unusual drops, such as a delicious Lebanese white, and an aromatic Greek red, because you may as well test your palate with something a little bit different during the tedium of a lockdown.

For those of you looking to spend a bit bigger, I’ve also chosen a few fine wines to cheer you up while you are closed in.

Now, because I can’t sample the wines at Berkmann’s HQ, for each of my chosen wines, I have asked for a comment from Berkmann purchasing director and Master of Wine, Alex Hunt.

Ok, so the person who chose the wines in the first place may not be impartial, but he’s a highly respected taster who samples wine for a living.

So read on for what would make a great mixed case for the lockdown lifestyle (or indeed, any time), and see what Alex has to say about each of the wines in this selection.

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