Three things to consider with a wine company - price, service and range. Nobody else comes close to the Wine Society for any of them.
Having to pay to join is a bit of a barrier, but easily pays for itself after the first year. Finally managed to get my Dad to start buying from them - he'd been buying from Laithwaites for years. He now won't buy from anyone other than the Wine Society.
The Society's website used to be below par, but been updated greatly, and now excellent.
A venerable name in the wine lovers world, and deservedly so.
The Wine Society have been around forever. They are a mutual, members only, no shareholders, all profits reinvested for the benefit of members - remeber that business model? It still works (if only the building socities had stuck with it...).
They have a huge, and varied selection of wine. Their regular on line and through the post literature is very professionally put together and very helpful with little hardselling.
The team working at the Wine Society are genuine wine buffs (shoiuld that be buffers? with some buffesses?).
Their pricing is competitive and fair.
They keep their wine well - not once had a spoiled bottle.
They won't usually source wine not already on their list, which is a bit of a shame.
I reckon they could extend their gifts etc offering without diluting their central purpose.
Compared to some competitors (eg: Majestic) they can be a bit rigid about delivery times etc.
Overall: if you love wine and drink more than a case or two at home a year it's well worth the £40-odd quid to join. You won't regret it.
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