Regular Crummbs readers will have noticed that we love, love, love a good glass of wine. However, we know it can be tricky to figure out what constitutes a good drop, especially when faced with a wall of choice in your local corner shop. That’s where Ourglass comes in. A brand new independent wine discovery club, they are on a mission to make serious wine more accessible.
They’ve searched high and low to find the very best bottles out there (at a price you’ll be pleased with) and have over 1500 wines to select from. Ideal if you’re looking to expand your horizons, Ourglass do away with serious wine language, connecting you with extraordinary wine that you won’t find in the supermarket – but that doesn’t cost the earth. Sounds ideal right?
Delivering nationwide, there are three subscriptions to choose from. For £35 you’ll get 3 bottles all around the £10 mark. A great intro into real wine (not the factory-made stuff often found at this price), you should notice a real step up in quality. If you’ve got a bit more to spend, £75 aka ‘Next Level’ will get you 3-5 bottles all over that £10 barrier. As such, you’ll start to discover better grapes, winemakers and overall more exciting wines. Feeling fancy? £120 is the most spenny subscription offered but these 3-6 bottles should knock your socks off.
For reference, this was what we received in our ‘Next Level’ box:
Savage White 2016
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and small amounts of both Clairette Blanche and Chenin Blanc, expertly made by one of the best winemakers in South Africa, Duncan Savage. We’d go so far as to say this is among the best white wines made in South Africa. It’s that good. This has structure and acidity so can handle everything from fish pie to prawn bún chat.
Jean Luc Jamet Syrah 2017
Jamet is an iconic name in the Rhône valley and this Côte du Rhône makes accessible all the craft, know-how and pedigree the family is famed for. We love these wines. Expect black berry fruits, savouriness and pepper. This one can be a bit funky on the nose upon opening so either decant or leave to breathe for 20 minutes or so and it will reveal a textbook Rhône red.
Anthony Thévenet Morgon 2017
Son of ‘Gang of Four’ Beaujolais making legend, Jean-Paul Thévenet, Anthony’s wines are juicy, soft and impeccably made. Expect red and black berry fruits and soft tannins. Chill it in the fridge for 10 -15 minutes before serving.
Want your own selection? Find out more at: ourglass.wine