eVines Golden Wednesday Celebration Case review

eVines logoGreat wines, and well worth the asking price of £5 a bottle, is the over-riding impression of eVines Golden Wednesday Celebration mixed wine case. Six whites and six reds, plus the extra free mystery bottle when you sign up for the ‘Viners’ mailing list, makes this £69.69 case with free and guaranteed next day delivery the Bargain Buy of the Week.

But act soon as there’s only enough stock to last until the end of the month, so says eVines.co.uk founder James Craven, who softened the blow by announcing another similarly priced mixed case due out at the beginning of November.

Twitter logoYounger wine lovers that were social media savvy (that means Twitter and Facebook) spending around £60 a time was how James Craven envisaged the average eVines customer, but the reality after several months trading is somewhat different. ‘Most of our customers are aged over 50’, explained James, ‘it’s been a big surprise for the business’.

‘People over 50 have more of an idea of what they are looking for and are spending double what we originally thought’. James openly admits that the Olympic-inspired Golden Wednesday Celebration Case ‘has not been a big seller for us but the selling of more premium (expensive) wines goes against the grain of why I started. That’s why I’m planning another similar priced case which will be ready in 2½ to 3 weeks’.

A mix of Chilean, Argentinean and Spanish along with some Hungarian and Greek wines are planned for this new Christmas season case.

But until that’s been finalised (‘you caught us in mid-decision’) there’s time to order the Golden Wednesday case. Most of these wines can also be bought individually through the eVines site but as they’re priced between £6.50 and £6.90 a bottle (which is about what they’d sell for ‘offline’ in the High Street) then it doesn’t take a genius to see why this case is such a bargain.

But what do all the wines taste like?

PG Wines Review of eVines Golden Wednesday Celebration Case

eVines Golden Wednesday caseWhites

Tesoro de los Andes Argentinean Torrontes Chardonnay 2010

Tasting like lemon and honey Lockets with a sprinkling of pineapple chunks, this wine works well with or without food.

Sierra Grande Chilean Sauvignon Blanc 2011

A Sauvignon that’s light on the usual gooseberry thing but still tastes freshly grassy with a sweet edge of pineapple. Rather nice.

Cape Heights South African Chenin Blanc 2011

Light and fruity, which is quite a surprise as South African Chenin can often be in your face with its full bubblegum flavours. Expect a light touch of apple, pear and apricot.

eVines winesBorsao Spanish Macabeo 2011

Another refresher with light lemon and dry apple flavours.

GPG Italian Garganega Pinot Grigio 2011

Don’t drink this white too cold otherwise you’ll lose those orange, lemon and lime flavours.

Ancora Italian Pinot Grigio 2011

Tinned pears. Nice though.

Araldica Italian Piemonte Cortese 2011 (substitution from wine listed: red Monastrell Shiraz)

More refreshment with light lemon and almond flavours.

Reds

Sierra Grande Chilean Merlot 2011

Plum, sloe, tart redcurrant smoothed with a bit of choc.

Cape Heights South African Shiraz 2011

There’s a bit of rubber taste coming through, which is a shame as we’ve been assured by the South African wine makers they’d got rid of this, but it’s still not bad with some sloe and plum flavours topped with Marmite.

Araldica Italian Barbera 2011

Pizza plonk: cherry liquorice Allsorts flavour.

Ca’di Ponti Italian Nero d’Avola

Light bodied with tart redcurrant, sloe and a bit of dried cherry going on.

Ancora Italian Sangiovese 2011

Old Spice aroma with gluggable flavours of blackberry, damson, milk choc and Marmite. Very complex for the price.

This article has also appeared on Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk