After writing features on ale, cocktails and whisky, it’s only natural that one’s attention is turned to wine. To be specific, Virgin Wine.

Wine is something I’ve grown to love with age. Whether it’s to accompany a BBQ on a summer’s day, or a post-dinner, under duvet glass while watching a movie in winter, there’s always a wine to fit the situation.

Virgin WinesI still see a bottle of wine as a luxury, much more so than any other sort of drink. It should be a luxury but sometimes that can be a risk. I know some things about wine – about what I do and don’t like. It’s the unknown that puts me off experimenting. What if I pick up something and it’s basically like chip-shop vinegar? What if it’s awful?

This is where Virgin Wines comes in to help you. They source the good stuff for you, ensuring that you don’t end up with something that really shouldn’t be in your glass. Their online wine guide is there to walk novices (like me) through the world of wine. They can also provide you with a mixed case, allowing you to try new wines and discover more about what suits your palate. It’s a glorious experimentation. An expedition through the world’s vineyards without leaving your home!

Six Bottles

I received a 6 bottle case of Virgin Wines and was happy with what arrived. Like most people, I like getting treats through the mail, and this big red box certainly gave me a big grin when it arrived. Inside was three bottles of red wine, two white and one bottle of Prosecco. As someone for whom Rosé has never captured my imagination, this was perfect.

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Two of the bottles were from South Australian winemakers 16 Little Black Pigs – a 2015 Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Also, from Chile’s Maipo Valley region, a Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2013. Deep burgundy with berries and a warm spiciness.

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Emma’s eyes lit up when she saw the Il Cortile Sereno Prosecco Brut NV, and who can blame her. My red wine palette had a further treat in store with Domaine Andre Brunel Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2014 from France. Finally, New Zealand’s Warrior Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – with “herbaceous grassy notes, a wonderfully rich, tropical fruit palate”.

The Virgin Wines website allows you to browse all of their wines to build up a case of your own choosing or go for a mixed case of matching wines. And this is the beauty of Virgin Wines. You can pick exactly what you want from their extensive range of quality wines, or you can trust them to make the right choice for you from a selection of their pre-mixed cases. You can’t go wrong. Also, a swift google will reveal a wide range of codes which will allow you to get your first case at a heavily reduced price. Even better!

Based on this selection, I can testify to the quality of their wines, and would recommend them for anyone with any interest in exploring wines.


Guess what? Virgin Wines are giving us a case of 6 bottles of wine for a competition prize. Rock on! Simply enter using the Gleam widget below and one lucky winner (aged 18 or over and living in the UK) will have this awesome prize delivered to their door! Closing date 31 May 2016.

Competition over.

Terms and Conditions
1. Closing date is 31 May 2016 at midnight.
2. The prize is a box of six bottles of win from Virgin Wines as featured above.
3.Entrants must be 18 or over and reside on the UK mainland.
4. No cash alternative.
5. The winner will be picked from all valid entries at random.
6. Don’t use multiple email address to enter the competition. Entries suspected of cheating will be invalidated.
7. The winner will be contacted within 7 days of the draw closing. They will be notified and will have 7 days to respond. In the event that no response is received, a further winner will be drawn and so on.
Disclaimer: We were sent this box by Virgin Wines for the purposes of this feature.