Everyone is talking about coronavirus and its fallout at the moment. Exponential growth is a hard concept to unpick, so I always think of different markers and milestones.
Two weeks ago, Alice joined The Wine List as the first employee, and we visited three trade tastings that week. Today, we’re fully remote and adapting to this new world. A lot can change in two weeks. And it makes me wonder where we’ll be in another two.
I’m personally really impressed by some of the innovation that’s spurred up almost overnight. Lots of London restaurants, butcheries and shops are now switching to home deliveries. From meat-lovers heaven Turner & George
, to my old north London favourite Provisions
is too. Meanwhile Peckham Cellars
has started same day wine delivery at absurd value: get their white Burg: you won’t be disappointed.
But it’s not just bricks and mortar finding their way online. I’ve seen more pub quizzes take place in the last seven days, than I have in the last seven months. Everyone has taken to video calling: whether via Zoom in the day, or via HouseParty at night.
We have adapted very quickly, and despite all the uncertainty, that’s provided me with some comfort.
Naturally, wine remains centre for many of those things for me.
For the first time, we’re sending out larger boxes to customers ( six and twelve bottle cases). We expected to sell maybe a dozen of these but stocks were depleted almost instantly. Seems there’s some huge demand for larger mixed cases and we’re going to see how we could adapt to this more permanently. (If you still want to upgrade to a six-bottle case this month, let me know).
In the mean time, ahead of your next deliveries, here are three absolutely tiptop supermarket wines I’ve drank recently.