Vinoa – Fine Artisan Wine by the Glass:
Sometimes I come across a really good, original idea that just deserves to be shared. Vinoa is one such concept. As someone who loves wine but lives by themselves, the idea that I can buy really good quality wine by the glass to drink at home is just perfect. All too often I want a glass of wine with a meal I’ve cooked for myself but, because I know I’m likely to end up using the rest of the bottle for cooking, I’ll open the cheapest wine possible. After all, who wants to pour half a bottle of Margaux into their coq au vin? And, while it is considered wisdom to only cook with wine you’d drink, there’s a big difference for me in what I’d like to drink at a barbeque for example or paired with a perfect fillet steak. For the most part, I cook with what I think is a reasonably palatable dry wine – usually something that I’ve bought on offer at the supermarket. What Vinoa allows me to do is to pick the perfect wines for my food and enjoy them by the glass, just as I would do in a restaurant.
There are very good quality reds and whites – a small but carefully selected list from around the world. And with a starting price of £2.45 for an 187.5ml bottle going up to £12.10 for a Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru, I know I’d be happy to match my wine properly to the food I am cooking, rather than make a compromise on price because of the potential wastage. With Vinoa too, if you end up particularly liking wines that you’ve ordered by the glass, they can also supply you by the bottle, like any other online wine merchant. And, if you really want to experiment, they have 50ml sample sizes too, which you buy in sets of four – so you could easily have a wine tasting event for one or two at home!
Perhaps you love wine yourself or are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for an oenophile. If so, I’d recommend taking a look at Vinoa. You could put together your own box of bottles of wine by the glass (a minimum of three bottles). Or, order one of their special selections – the Light and Elegant Box (£32.70), the Rich and Luscious Box (£32.70) or the Meat Lover’s Huge Red Wines box (£57.00). I’d be thrilled to find any one of these in my Christmas stocking. You can read our contributor Simon’s review of Vinoa here.
Meanwhile, the lovely people at Vinoa have offered two of their boxes of wines by the glass for a couple of lucky London-Unattached readers. If you are lucky enough to win, you should be able to get your wine in time for Christmas – so why not have a go! Just go and take a look at the wines by the glass on the Vinoa website and pick your favourite. Then, let me know in the comments which it is and what you’d pair it with.