Social Media Privacy Policy

The Sunday Times Wine Club operated by Direct Wines Limited (“Direct Wines”), a private company registered in England and Wales with company number 01095091. Direct Wines will be the controller of the personal data that you provide to us in connection with our social media accounts.

What categories of personal data do we collect, and how do we collect it?

When you engage with us through our social media accounts, you may provide us with:

  • your account name and social media handle;
  • any other contact details you might provide to us directly (for example, if you win one of our social media competitions, we shall ask you for your name, address and additional information to verify your age before we deliver a prize to you);
  • the content of any social media posts you share with us (including any photographs, videos or copy contained in those posts); and
  • the content of any comments you post on our social media accounts or direct messages you send to us.

We obtain all of this information from you directly.

Legal basis for collecting and processing your data.

We’ll use your personal data to:

  • re-post any messages or images you share with us via our social media accounts;
  • with your permission, re-use any messages, images or creative content you share with us (including via hashtags or tags) in our printed or online marketing materials (including emails) and credit them with your social media handle;
  • contact you via your social media account if you make an enquiry, complaint or request to one of our social media accounts;
  • to administer our social media competitions fairly and properly, and if you are a winner, to tell you that you’ve won the competition and to make any further arrangements with you, including to repost your winning entry on social media, to deliver your prize to you;
  • to improve products and services;
  • to measure your social media engagement with our brand; and
  • if you promote yourself as contactable for affiliate or social influencer marketing, contact you to explore any suitable opportunities.

The lawful bases for us processing your personal data in connection with our social media accounts are as follows:

  • Legitimate interests: This means the interests of our company in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best products and services, and the best and most secure experience. In connection with our social media accounts, we rely on our legitimate interests to process your personal data:
    • to run any competition fairly and properly (including to enforce or apply our terms and conditions if necessary), to tell you if your competition entry is a winner, and, if your photo is selected to deliver your prize to you, to repost your winning entry on social media;
    • to re-post any messages or images you share with us via our social media accounts;
    • to contact you via your social media account if you make an enquiry, complaint or request to one of our social media accounts; to improve products and services;
    • to measure your social media engagement with the brand and understand the success of our marketing strategies; and
    • to contact you via your social media account to ask for permission to use content you have tagged us in.

For further information about our reliance on our legitimate interests to process your personal data, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

  • Consent: We may use and share your data with third parties when we have your consent to do so. For example, if you have agreed that we may use a photo you’ve taken in our advertising material.
  • Legal compliance: If the law requires us to, we may need to collect and process your data. For example:
    • we may pass on your details to verify your age to ensure that we only give products containing alcohol to those aged 18 or over; and
    • the CAP Code requires us (as the promoter of any competition) to either publish or make available certain information about prize winners. You can object to this information being published or made available by contacting us on 03330 142 776 or dpo@thesundaytimeswineclub.co.uk. Please note that, even if you opt out, we may still have to provide the information and winning entry to the ASA.

When do we share your personal data?

We share data with third parties that help us provide certain services to you, including in relation to information technology, product fulfilment and delivery, customer support, administration of competitions, age verification and marketing. Where you have consented to the same, we may share your data publicly (e.g., for inclusion in advertising material or on our own social media). We will only share data that is necessary to perform the relevant service.

How long do we retain your personal data for?

In relation to any posts you make on social media, you should contact the social media provider for details of their retention policy and how to delete your posts.  Where we obtain information from you directly, for example where we obtain your address details to send you a prize if you win a competition, please see the section called ‘How long do we hold your personal data for?’ in our Privacy Policy.

For further information in relation to the processing of your personal data (including your rights and processing outside of the EEA), please refer to our Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions about how we look after your personal data, you can contact us:

  • in writing, at One Waterside Drive, Arlington Business Park, Theale, Berkshire, RG7 4SW. Please mark your letter for the attention of the Data Protection Officer;
  • by email to this address: dpo@thesundaytimeswineclub.co.uk; or
  • by telephone on 03330 142 776.

What does it mean if you give us permission to use a photo or video?

We love to see our customers engaging with and enjoying The Sunday Times Wibe Club. If you’ve taken a photo or video and tagged us in some way (by using a competition hashtag etc.), we may ask for your permission to repost it or use it in our marketing materials. We have a great in-house team that put together our marketing content, but we may also send things out to external marketing agencies.

By giving us permission:

  1. You agree to grant Direct Wines and its direct or indirect licensees, assignees and agencies a royalty free, exclusive, worldwide, assignable, sub-licensable and irrevocable licence to use, publish, reproduce, edit, exhibit, project and display the photo or video for the purposes of advertising, marketing and promotional activity, in connection with promoting The Sunday Times Wine Club;
  2. You agree to waive your moral rights under section 205 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and waive any right you may have to inspect and approve any use made of the photo or video within the scope of the licence granted above;
  3. You agree to release Direct Wines from any claims for remuneration associated with the use of the photo;
  4. You warrant that you are the author and owner of all rights in the photo or video and no other person has any claim to ownership or any other legal rights in the photo;
  5. You warrant that you have full legal capacity to give permission for the photo to be used; and
  6. You warrant that you are 25 years or older.

Long-Form Terms and Conditions – Instagram Photo Competition Vintage Festival 2021

1. The promoter of the competition is The Sunday Times Wine Club operated by Direct Wines Limited, One Waterside Drive, Arlington Business Park, Theale, Berkshire, RG7 4SW (“STWC”).

2. The competition is open to all residents of the U.K. (England, Scotland, and Wales but not Northern Ireland) who have reached at least twenty five (25) years of age at the time of entry (the “Competition”). The Competition is not open to directors, officers, agents, contractors and employees of STWC, any of its affiliated or associated entities or divisions, their advertising and promotional agencies or members of the aforementioned individuals’ respective immediate families living in the same household.

3. By participating in the Competition, each participant accepts these terms and conditions of the Competition and agrees to be bound by them. The Competition is subject to all applicable laws.

4. To enter the Competition:

a. the entrant must upload a photo of themselves taking part in the Virtual Vintage Festival, or of their Virtual Vintage Festival at home set up, to their public Instagram page (as a standalone post, not a story or DM) at any time between 16:00:00 Thursday 15 April 2021 and 23:59:59 Monday 19 April 2021;

b. the post must include the caption: #VintFest21;

c. the entrant must tag @sundaytimeswineclub in the photo or caption, and follow @sundaytimeswineclub;  

d. the photo must not be in any way obscene, offensive or defamatory, and must not infringe any person’s intellectual property rights;

e. the post must remain on the entrant’s public feed for the duration of the competition, until a winner is announced;

f. the subject of the photo must be in compliance with any Government guidance relating to COVID19 restrictions; and

g. the photo must not feature any children or persons under the age of 25; 

5. Only one (1) entry per person. Multiple entries may cause you to be disqualified.

6. The entrant confirms that:

a. they are the author and owner of all rights in the photo and no other person has any claim to ownership or any other legal rights in the photo; and

b. they have full legal capacity to give permission for the photo to be used.

7. The entrant also agrees to grant STWC and its direct or indirect licensees, assignees and agencies a royalty-free, exclusive, worldwide, assignable, sub-licensable and irrevocable licence to use, publish, reproduce, edit, exhibit, project and display the photo for the purposes of advertising, marketing and promotional activity, in connection with promoting The Sunday Times Wine Club.

8. In doing so, the entrant agrees to waive their moral rights under section 205 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and to waive any right that they may have to inspect and approve any use made of the photo within the scope of licence granted under 8 above.

9. The entrant releases STWC and/or Instagram from any claims for remuneration associated with the use of the photo.

10. There will be one winner of the prize. The winner of the prize will be selected at random by no later than 30 April 2021.

11. If STWC runs the same competition (i.e. a competition with the same dates and prize) across different sites or social media platforms and the same winner is randomly selected to win more than one competition, the winner shall only be entitled to win one prize.

12. The winner of the prize will be contacted by 30 April 2021. Three attempts will be made to contact the winner of the prize. If the winner does not respond via DM (Instagram direct message) within 7 days of STWC’s first message to accept the prize, an alternative winner will be selected.

13. STWC will contact the winner via Instagram direct message and will request their details (name, age and address) for the purposes of claiming their prize only.

14. STWC will send the winner a £25 Sunday Times Wine Club e-Voucher to spend at sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk.   No refunds will be given.

15. The prize will be sent out via email, STWC cannot be held responsible for any prize not received by the winner.

16. Odds of winning the prize will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received.

17. STWC retains sole discretion to withhold the prize without liability if in its view a participant is ineligible, the entry is invalid, or a winner does not meet the necessary requirements as set out in these terms and conditions.

18. STWC reserves the right to withdraw or amend the Competition in the event of unforeseen circumstances or circumstances outside of its control.

19. You acknowledge that the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

20. You acknowledge and accept that Instagram will not be responsible or liable for this Competition. 

21. STWC is not responsible or liable for:

g) Any entry for which the post or comment is lost, deleted or deemed abusive by Instagram;

h) Any accounts that are deemed to be fraudulent or not authentic;

i) Unforeseen changes in Instagram’s legal or commenting rules & regulations;

j) Any external factors that may restrict a participant from accepting their prize;

k) Any entries that cannot be found or seen by STWC; and

l) Any entries that cannot be opened or are otherwise inaccessible for any reason by STWC.

22. There is no cash alternative for the prizes.

23. If there is a dispute between you and STWC in relation to the Competition or these terms and conditions, you may take legal action against STWC, and STWC may take legal action against you in either the English courts or the local courts in the part of the UK where you live. The applicable law will be that of the location of the court.

24. The entrant must read and understand the privacy notice for this Competition at www.sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk/customer-services/privacy-policy-and-cookies. In addition, the following privacy notice also applies to the Competition:

When you enter this competition, you will provide us with your email address and the information you share in the email with STWC. If you are a winner, we will ask for your postal address so that we can deliver your prize to you, and we may ask for additional information in order to verify your age. We obtain all of this information from you directly.

We’ll use your personal data in order to run the competition fairly and properly, and if you are a winner, to tell you that you’ve won the competition and to make any further arrangements with you, including to repost your winning entry on social media, and to deliver your prize to you.  We may pass on your details to verify your age to ensure that we only give products containing alcohol to those aged 18 or over. The CAP Code also requires us (as the promoter of this competition) to either publish or make available certain information about prize winners. You can object to this information being published or made available by contacting us on 03330 148 168 or dpo@thesundaytimeswineclub.co.uk. Please note that, even if you opt out, we may still have to provide the information and winning entry to the ASA.

If your competition entry is a winner, we may share your details with the courier company we use to deliver your prize to you; the company we use to carry out age verification checks (if required); and with our core IT services providers.

Long-Form Terms and Conditions – Facebook Photo Competition Vintage Festival 2021

1.The promoter of the competition is The Sunday Times Wine Club operated by Direct Wines Limited, One Waterside Drive, Arlington Business Park, Theale, Berkshire, RG7 4SW (“STWC”).

2. The competition is open to all residents of the U.K. (England, Scotland, and Wales but not Northern Ireland) who have reached at least twenty five (25) years of age at the time of entry (the “Competition”). The Competition is not open to directors, officers, agents, contractors and employees of STWC, any of its affiliated or associated entities or divisions, their advertising and promotional agencies or members of the aforementioned individuals’ respective immediate families living in the same household.

3. By participating in the Competition, each participant accepts these terms and conditions of the Competition and agrees to be bound by them. The Competition is subject to all applicable laws.

4. To enter the Competition:

a. the entrant must take a photo of themselves taking part in the Virtual Vintage Festival, or of their Virtual Vintage Festival at home set up and upload the photo as a comment on this Facebook post https://fb.watch/4U3-f4vdKk/ at any time between 16:00:00 Thursday 15 April 2021 and 23:59:59 Monday 19 April 2021;

b. the entrant must like the Facebook post linked above; 

c. the photo must not be in any way obscene, offensive or defamatory, and must not infringe any person’s intellectual property rights;

d. the photo comment must remain on the Facebook post for the duration of the competition, until a winner is announced;

e. the subject of the photo must be in compliance with any Government guidance relating to COVID19 restrictions; and

f. the photo must not feature any children or persons under the age of 25; 

5. Only one (1) entry per person. Multiple entries may cause you to be disqualified.

6. The entrant confirms that:

 a. they are the author and owner of all rights in the photo and no other person has any claim to ownership or any other legal rights in the photo; and

b. they have full legal capacity to give permission for the photo to be used.

7. The entrant also agrees to grant STWC and its direct or indirect licensees, assignees and agencies a royalty-free, exclusive, worldwide, assignable, sub-licensable and irrevocable licence to use, publish, reproduce, edit, exhibit, project and display the photo for the purposes of advertising, marketing and promotional activity, in connection with promoting The Sunday Times Wine Club.

8. In doing so, the entrant agrees to waive their moral rights under section 205 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and to waive any right that they may have to inspect and approve any use made of the photo within the scope of licence granted under 8 above.

9. The entrant releases STWC and/or Facebook from any claims for remuneration associated with the use of the photo.

10. There will be one winner of the prize. The winner of the prize will be selected at random by no later than 30 April 2021.

11. If STWC runs the same competition (i.e. a competition with the same dates and prize) across different sites or social media platforms and the same winner is randomly selected to win more than one competition, the winner shall only be entitled to win one prize.

12. The winner of the prize will be contacted by 30 April 2021. Three attempts will be made to contact the winner of the prize. If the winner does not respond via DM (Facebook direct message) within 7 days of STWC’s first message to accept the prize, an alternative winner will be selected.

13. STWC will contact the winner via Facebook direct message and will request their details (name, age and address) for the purposes of claiming their prize only.

14. STWC will send the winner a £25 Sunday Times Wine Club e-voucher to spend at sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk.   No refunds will be given.

15. The prize will be sent out via email, STWC cannot be held responsible for any prize not received by the winner.

16. Odds of winning the prize will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received.

17. STWC retains sole discretion to withhold the prize without liability if in its view a participant is ineligible, the entry is invalid, or a winner does not meet the necessary requirements as set out in these terms and conditions.

18. STWC reserves the right to withdraw or amend the Competition in the event of unforeseen circumstances or circumstances outside of its control.

19. You acknowledge that the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

20. You acknowledge and accept that Facebook will not be responsible or liable for this Competition. 

21. STWC is not responsible or liable for:

g) Any entry for which the post or comment is lost, deleted or deemed abusive by Facebook;

h) Any accounts that are deemed to be fraudulent or not authentic;

i) Unforeseen changes in Facebook’s legal or commenting rules & regulations;

j) Any external factors that may restrict a participant from accepting their prize;

k) Any entries that cannot be found or seen by STWC; and

l) Any entries that cannot be opened or are otherwise inaccessible for any reason by STWC.

22. There is no cash alternative for the prizes.

23. If there is a dispute between you and STWC in relation to the Competition or these terms and conditions, you may take legal action against STWC, and STWC may take legal action against you in either the English courts or the local courts in the part of the UK where you live. The applicable law will be that of the location of the court.

24. The entrant must read and understand the privacy notice for this Competition at www.sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk/customer-services/privacy-policy-and-cookies. In addition, the following privacy notice also applies to the Competition:

When you enter this competition, you will provide us with your email address and the information you share in the email with STWC. If you are a winner, we will ask for your postal address so that we can deliver your prize to you, and we may ask for additional information in order to verify your age. We obtain all of this information from you directly.

We’ll use your personal data in order to run the competition fairly and properly, and if you are a winner, to tell you that you’ve won the competition and to make any further arrangements with you, including to repost your winning entry on social media, and to deliver your prize to you.  We may pass on your details to verify your age to ensure that we only give products containing alcohol to those aged 18 or over. The CAP Code also requires us (as the promoter of this competition) to either publish or make available certain information about prize winners. You can object to this information being published or made available by contacting us on 03330 148 168 or dpo@thesundaytimeswineclub.co.uk. Please note that, even if you opt out, we may still have to provide the information and winning entry to the ASA.

If your competition entry is a winner, we may share your details with the courier company we use to deliver your prize to you; the company we use to carry out age verification checks (if required); and with our core IT services providers.

The secrets to cooking with wine

With so many wines to choose from, cooking with wine can often cause confusion in the kitchen when really, it doesn’t need to be that challenging. Adding a splash of wine to a dish can really help bring out new flavours and aromas as well as keeping moisture in. With different wine styles come different flavours and qualities. We’re here with all the secrets and top tips you need to know when adding a drop of wine into your next meal. 

What happens when you cook with wine? 

When cooking with wine, the majority of alcohol actually burns off in the process. How much alcohol remains in the dish will come down to the cooking time, method used, and amount of wine being added in. Whilst a wine reduction will leave little trace of alcohol due to its slow cooking time, a flambé will have a higher alcohol content due to being cooked for a shorter period of time. Different cooking methods also come with their benefits for the dish.

Ways to cook with wine 

Wine isn’t just to add into your casserole. There are a range of methods you can use to cook with wine, each with their own qualities. 

Marinades 

Marinading meats can actually help make them really tender, with the wine’s acidity breaking down fibres in the meat. Marinading meats and vegetables assists with adding extra flavour too.

Reductions 

A wine reduction is concentrated sauce, made by thickening wine over the heat. As the wine heats up, it will start to evaporate leaving intense flavours and a thick consistency. A number of vegetables such as carrots, onions and celery can be added for a different flavour.

Deglazing 

Deglazing a pan can produce a very simple yet tasty sauce in just a few steps. After pan-frying meat or vegetables and removing to rest, add your choice of wine to the hot pan or dish. Over a moderate to high heat, stir the wine amongst the brown bits in the pan. You’ll be left with a delicious sauce to serve as it is. Alternatively, it is the perfect base for making a gravy or casserole.

Baking 

Cooking with wine is so versatile, it can be included in various baked goods too. Some luxury cakes call for a drop of champagne and fruit desserts can benefit from the use of fortified wines such as port and sherry.

It doesn’t have to be your cheapest bottle 

Just because you are cooking and not sipping from a glass, doesn’t mean you have to go for the cheapest bottle of wine. In fact some cheaper wines can often lack flavour or be too high in acidity which can actually ruin the dish rather than enhance it. If you aren’t happy to drink it, then don’t cook with it. We’re not suggesting you use your finest Châteauneuf-du-Pape … but do look to take advantage of our current wine offers to pick up something really quite delicious to include in your cooking. 

Best red wines for cooking 

Red wine is great for including in darker meat dishes. Here are our top picks …

Merlot 

This fruit forward red has low tannins so makes it a great to cook with. It goes nicely with red meat dishes and when it comes to making a sauce or reduction, is the perfect choice. 

Pinot Noir 

Pinot Noir is a silky, light wine and if the recipe calls for a lot, a pinot noir won’t overpower the other components and flavours. It’s a great choice for cooking a meaty stew or casserole and will ensure meat stays tender. Due to its light style, it also works well alongside fattier meats. 

Cabernet Sauvignon 

This full-bodied red wine is perfect for braising dishes and will play a part in helping the meat fall straight off the bone. A Cabernet Sauvignon is also a great option for deglazing. Its low sugar will prevent it from caramelising which will leave you with a delicious sauce. 

Best white wines for cooking 

Dishes that work well cooked with white wine include risotto, pasta, chicken and seafood. As a general rule, crisp, dry, unoaked whites are always a good place to start. 

Chardonnay 

A creamy, full bodied Chardonnay is often known to have a buttery taste. It comes together nicely when cooking lobster, creamy chicken dishes and pasta sauces. We would recommend avoiding using an oaked chardonnay as when cooked down this can produce bitter flavours.  

Pinot Grigio

This dry, crisp, simple wine is a popular choice when it comes to cooking with white wine and is so versatile. It is great at complimenting more delicate foods such as mussels and creamy shrimp linguine.  

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is known for its citrussy and herbaceous flavours, and that’s exactly what it brings to a dish when cooking with it. It’s a perfect addition to a creamy risotto but works just as well for a fresh, zingy marinade on chicken and fish. 

Want to learn more? 

Join Tom Kerridge and Tom Laithwaite at our Cooking with Wine event at this year’s Virtual Vintage Festival

Tom Kerridge is the extremely popular and much-loved chef patron of the two Michelin-starred The Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow, which he opened with his wife, Beth, in 2005. Tom’s winning presence and infectious laugh made him a natural for TV, his first show Proper Pub Food was an overnight success. Tom’s latest programme Saving Britain’s Pubs sees Tom set out on a mission to revive struggling pubs, investigating industry challenges and the impact of Covid-19. Tom is also a successful author of cookbooks, many of which have tied in with his TV series, his latest being The Hand & Flowers Cookbook from Bloomsbury. If that wasn’t enough, Tom has also created cookware, homeware and a range of sauces including a black garlic ketchup. 

Tom Kerridge
Tom Laithwaite

In this masterclass Tom welcomes us to Marlow. Tom is keen to bust the myth of ‘cooking wines’ and believes you should cook with the best wine you can afford. Tom will be sharing two mouth-watering recipes one made with red wine and one with white. Tom Laithwaite will also be on hand from his brother’s winery just down the road in Marlow, Harrow & Hope, to advise us on the best wines to pair with these dishes. 

Click here to find out more and book your place at our Virtual Vintage Festival running from 15-17th April 2021.

Raising a glass to the women in wine this International Women’s Day

We’re celebrating the women in wine this International Women’s Day and the spotlight is on our talented female winemakers and producers from across the globe. Find out more about the women producing a number of our top selling, quality wines.

Jo Nash, McPherson Wines

Jo joined McPherson Wines in Victoria Australia in 2011 after graduating. Since then, she has gone on to produce great value and quality tasting wines which are sold globally. She’s been awarded numerous trophies and accolades for her generous, elegantly crafted wines.

One of our most popular reds, The Full Fifteen, is a beautiful creation by Jo and assistant winemaker, Olivia Forbes. The pair have created a black red that’s velvety smooth and immensely drinkable from day one. If a creamy white wine is more to your taste, Jo is the talent behind the exotic McPherson Aquarius Marsanne Viognier.

She’s also married to a winemaker, and in their spare time they make small batch wine at home, enlisting their four children to help pick the grapes and stomp on them with their bare feet.

Sofia Barbanera, Barbanera Estate

Sofia is a bubbly, smiley, charming character, and has been full-time winemaker at the Barbanera estate since 2010. She was raised on the family property, always playing in the vineyards and the cellar, and helping her grandparents with the wine. After growing up around wine, she then went on to study viticulture and winemaking at university and after graduating, gained experience at the renowned Poliziano estate in Tuscany.

The family own two Tuscan cellars, as well as renting space in a cellar in Puglia. Sofia enjoys experimenting in her winemaking. Sangiovese is her favourite grape and is one of the three used in the carefully crafted and award winning Saracosa. We always look forward to trying her new vintage of the Super Tuscan star!

Nadia Johnson, Newton Johnson Family Vineyard

Nadia and husband Gordon are the winemaking duo at Newton Johnson Family Vineyards and between them have experience of over 30 vintages. She is from 6 generations of growers – from Robertson. Nadia read oenology and viticulture at Stellenbosch, did two years winemaking in Constantia, then joined the team at Gordon’s family winery but has also gained experience in Marlborough, Cuvaison in Napa, Sichel in Bordeaux and in Alsace. Their Chardonnay is truly exceptional!

Emma Norbiato, Westend Estate

With over 20 years’ experience in winemaking across multiple fine wine regions, Emma has been Chief Winemaker at Westend Estate since 2018 and is responsible for the much-loved Yarrunga Field Special Reserve White.

She’s been known to produce great quality and trendy wines and her winemaking skills have not gone unnoticed. In 2016 she was awarded was ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in the Australian Women in Wine Awards and was a finalist for Gourmet Travellers 2019 ‘Winemaker of the Year’.

Joana Lopes, Quinta do Casal Branco

Joanna is the fourth generation of her family who have been involved in wine and has been a winemaker at Quinta do Casal Branco since 2013. She was brought up in the Alentejo region of Portugal, in a family of vine growers. After helping as a child, her interests grew and Joana went on to study agronomy at the University of Lisbon, following it with a masters in oenology.

Now, the young and talented winemaker is behind our rich, mouthfilling Lobo e Falcão. Joana makes this red specially for us, blending Syrah with Portugal’s exciting native grapes. It’s made at a 17th century estate owned by the Lobo de Vasconcellos family, once the location of the king’s falconry.

Lorena Deaconu, The Iconic Estate

With more than 20 years of experience, Lorena Deaconu is a true master in the winemaking world. She’s chief winemaker at Romania’s Iconic Estate and makes all our current Paris Street and La Catina wines. As well as that, Lorena makes the very popular and award winning Burebista Shiraz Feteasca Neagra.

When talking to Lorena about her job, her passion for winemaking shines through like a beacon. She truly loves what she does, despite the 17-hour days during harvest and wouldn’t do anything else. “What other job lets you travel worldwide, meet new friends and interesting people. Wine is a good friend of mine.”

Nicole McPheeters

US born Nicole McPheeters has taken southwest France to her heart and is making exciting and truly authentic wines. Despite her youth, she has put in plenty of vintages all over the world, adding a bright New World touch to winemaking.

After studying in the US, Australia and Argentina, she became a ‘flying winemaker’, covering two vintages a year – one in the southern hemisphere and one in the north. And in the summer of 2018, she found herself in Fronton, working a vintage in the local co-op. When she first arrived, she spent some time in Toulouse, enjoying long, golden evenings drinking the excellent local rosé crafted with the local grape, Négrette. This inspired her to craft her own beguiling blush, Violette de Mireval.

Whilst we couldn’t give a special shoutout to all of the women in wine we have the pleasure of working alongside, we’re raising a glass to every women in the wine industry, inspiring and achieving incredible things each day!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Choosing the best Mother’s Day gift can often be a challenging task. Flowers, perfume, chocolates, jewellery … the list goes on! Even though many of us won’t be able to celebrate with our mothers in person this year, that won’t stop us from sending them a thoughtful gift that they truly deserve … and luckily for you, we have plenty to choose from. We’ve picked out our top gifts so you can say an extra special thank you and spoil them rotten this March 14th.

For the mothers who enjoy a glass of fine fizz

Champagne really is the ultimate fizz and there’s nothing quite like popping open a bottle. For the fizz-loving mother figure in your life, these gifts will be sure to make them smile.

Mini Didier Champagne and Straws Set – £35

These 200ml bottles each come with their own straw (optional, of course) and are perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day virtually, so you can save that big bottle for when you can meet up. The Champagne itself is a double Gold-medal winning beauty, full of ripe stone fruit flavours and deliciously crisp. Plus, it’s conveniently packaged in a handy carry box.

Piper Heidsieck Rosé Champagne – with exclusive chiller wrap – £45

Champagne is a great choice of gift, so why not take it to the next level with a splash of pink. The intensely pink colour and flavours of Morello cherries and redcurrants is bound to go down a treat, especially when served chilled from the accompanying champagne sleeve.

Deutz Sakura Edition Brut Rosé Champagne – £50

Deutz has launched a stunning Sakura Edition of their Brut Rosé Champagne to mark the blossoming of the cherry trees. Anyone who has witnessed this eruption of riotous pink flowers and the joy it brings in the Land of the Rising Sun will know that it’s worthy of serious celebration. And what better way do it than with a tasty bottle of delicate pink bubbles?

For the ‘Ginthusiast’

If your mum is partial to a G&T, or any other tasty gin creation, these unique gin gifts will be perfect for her this Mother’s Day.

Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin – £19.99

This botanical dry gin is an IWSC Gold medal winner crafted in the beautiful Berkshire village of Yattendon. Distilled with hand-picked botanicals, this crisp gin makes for perfectly balanced G&T as well as a number of tasty gin cocktails, and it really comes into its own with an orange peel garnish. An excellent Mother’s Day gift, this gin has been made with heart, because Berkshire Botanical have partnered with Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust.

Windsor Great Park Gin Gift – £35.95

This is the first ever gin from our Windsor Great Park vineyard, a perfect treat for a gin fan. Crafted from surplus Chardonnay grapes plus juniper, lemon verbena, elderflower and thyme from the Savill Gardens just next door, this is an elegant, citrusy gin that will delight any G&T lover. A generous gift – if you aren’t tempted to try it yourself first!

Edinburgh Gin Cocktail Set – £75

Bring the bar to your home with this beautiful cocktail set from Edinburgh Gin. It includes a bottle of their classic London Dry style gin plus all the tools for mixing the perfect G&T (and many other delicious gin cocktails) … a mixing jug and spoon, measure and zester. Just add ice and a slice!

Something a little different

Looking for an alternative to treat your mum on Mother’s Day? These gifts certainly tick the box.

Tray of Delights – £34.99

Beautifully presented in an elegant willow tray, this superb selection of treats is a truly delicious and generous gift for those looking to spoil someone on Mother’s Day. It’s filled with cheesy bites and salted pretzels, sticky toffee oat biscuits and luxury chocolates … plus a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to enjoy alongside!

Classic Mixed Trio Gift – £35

This unique gift is perfect for wine-loving mums out there. The elegant trio of wines include toasty Barón de Barbón (our bestselling Rioja), the fresh Luminoso Leggero Prosecco and Company Bay’s lively Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Best enjoyed simply by themselves or alongside a delicious Mother’s Day meal.

Be sure to check out our full range of gifts, perfect for all occasions.

2021 Valentine’s Day gift guide

While we may not be celebrating this Valentine’s Day in our favourite bars and restaurants, that won’t stop us making the most of this day and celebrating from the sofa. Our 2021 Valentine’s Day gift guide is here. Show your loved one how much you care with our specially selected romantic wine gifts – there’s something to put a smile on everyone’s face. With lockdown still going, some of us may not be able to see our valentine this February 14th or, we might have a ‘Galentine’ (close female friend) who needs a pick-me up. Whichever gift you choose, we’ll package it beautifully and deliver it straight to your door (or theirs), and you can include your very own personalised message too.

For Her

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a bottle of Champagne works just as well to show you care.

Champagne, Flutes & Truffles

£59

Award-winning Champagne paired perfectly with chocolate truffles; this luxury gift will make your loved one feel extra special. You’ll also receive Dartington Crystal flutes to sip the bubbly from.

Mini Didier Champagne and Straws Set

£35

What could be more exciting than the pop of a bottle of Champagne, you ask? Well, how about the pop of four? These 200ml bottles come with their own straws too! The perfect gift for those who enjoy a glass of fizz.

Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage Champagne

£45

If Champagne is the gift of choice, then pink Champagne has to be the next level of refinement. Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage is guaranteed to please, from this well-known yet underrated Champagne house. The intensely pink colour and Morello cherry and redcurrant flavours will bring joy to the recipient, especially served well chilled from the accompanying bottle sleeve.

For Him

What do you buy the guy who has everything? We’ve got just the idea …

The Complete Book of Ports Gift Set

£50

This one’s for the Port lovers, and anyone seeking an original gift idea. The book contains 10 different tasting samples of port plus background information and tasting notes.

Rioja and Glasses Gift Set

£25

Our bestselling Rioja by far, this smart gift set includes two glasses that will enhance the oak-aged aromas and flavours, opening up its toasty and spicy notes.

Date Night

Turn off your phones, dim the lights and settle down to enjoy some quality time together. If you’re planning a romantic meal, we’ve got the perfect bottle to go with dinner, from elegant whites to full-bodied reds. If you just fancy cosying up in front of the telly, there’s nothing like a chilled bottle of pink Champagne straight from the ice bucket or tucking into a hamper full of delicious goodies.

Laurent-Perrier Rosé, Flutes and Ice Bucket

£90

Date night just reached a whole new level. This lavish set is a real treat, with one of the most famous of pink Champagnes, presented in a special gift box with two Dartington Crystal flutes and a Laurent-Perrier branded ice bucket.

Tray of Delights Hamper

£34.99

Say hello to our Tray of Delights. This neat hamper is packed with delectable treats, including cheesy bites and salted pretzels, sticky toffee oat biscuits and luxury chocolates and a zesty Sauvignon Blanc to accompany.

Classic Mixed Trio

£35

An elegant set of three to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Our bestselling Rioja, lively Sauvignon Blanc and a fresh Prosecco. Like a three-piece suit or a sparkly cocktail dress, there’s a reason why the classics never go out of style.

You can view our full range of gifts here. We’d love to know what you’re treating your nearest and dearest to this Valentine’s Day. Be sure to tag us in your Instagram posts (@sundaytimeswineclub) to let us know!

Delve in to the world of wine … from your very own home

Who said wine can’t be enjoyed from the comfort of your very own home? As times change and we aren’t heading to our favourite bars, pubs and restaurants as often, we’re instead exploring new recipes, pouring ourselves a glass and logging on virtually to catch up with friends and keep ourselves entertained.

For the wine lovers, the new to wine and all of the in between, our Home Tasting Experience is here, with everything you need to host your own wine tasting from home. Whether you choose to order the kit as an indulgence for yourself or you decide to gift it to a loved one, it’s the perfect way to learn more about wine.

So, what’s included?

A wine tasting wouldn’t be a wine tasting without the wine. We’ve selected six delicious wines from our range for you to discover, three reds and three whites.

The reds include our classic, velvety-smooth red Cabalié from France, a deeply-fruited blockbuster from Portugal and a luscious and plummy Malbec-Bonara all the way from Argentina. Whites boast zingy Grüner Veltliner, Austria’s mouth-watering speciality, alongside a ripe, juicy Pinot Gris and tropical, satisfying Cabalié Blanc. If you much prefer a certain style over the other, there is an all-whites or an all-reds case available too, each of which include the full home tasting experience essentials.

So that’s the wine sorted, but those new to the wine world might be thinking ‘how will I open the bottles and what will I drink them from?’ Our Home Tasting Experience includes a Cabalié branded waiters friend corkscrew and six Sunday Times Wine Club tasting glasses. Alongside the import bits (aka the wine), you’ll also be emailed wine-tasting tutorial videos from our expert wine educator, Grant Hedley. Our fun and informative taste-along videos go through the following:

  • All about the various grape varieties, regions and produces
  • Tasting notes for each wine
  • Perfect food and wine pairings

You’ll be able to access these whenever best suits you, so if you don’t want to try all six wines in one evening then you can revisit the videos as and when you please. Alongside being emailed the videos, you’ll also get a scorecard to rate each of the wines and tasting notes to download.

What are you waiting for? Order your very own Home Tasting Experience at just £80, that saves you £21. We’d love to see your pictures of you enjoying your own Home Tasting experience, do tag us on your Instagram posts and stories. You can find us at @sundaytimeswineclub

Is Port just for Christmas?

Join Tony Laithwaite in conversation with Carlos Flores from Andersen Port House. Founded in 1845, Andresen is one of the last remaining family owned port houses. Andresen passionately believes that port is one of the world’s finest wines – and has won a host of awards from international competitions in an attempt to prove it.

The pair get together virtually to discuss the different styles of port and why it’s perfect all year round, not just at Christmas.

All Port featured in the video are available to purchase on our website via the following:

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

It’s that time of year where Christmas is approaching and we start to think about those thoughtful gifts for our loved ones. Wine is often regarded as a ‘safe’ present and there is always something to suit all tastes and preference whether that be for your parents, friends or even colleagues. It’s easy to throw a bottle or two into your trolley when doing your festive food shop. As this year’s Christmas may be a little different, why not put some extra thought into your loved ones’ gifts and give them something that will make them smile this Christmas. A gift from The Sunday Times Wine Club isn’t just a gift, it’s an experience. Let us show you our top picks for all types of wine lovers with something to suit every taste and budget.

Something Special

Looking for that extra special gift for that very special someone? These four gifts will be perfect choices with something to please all tastebuds.

Champagne, Flutes & Truffles

£59

Delicious truffles and gold medal-winning Champagne… a match made in heaven if you ask us. This luxury gift will make the recipient feel well and truly spoiled. Not only does this set include tasty truffles and Paul Goerg’s gold medal-winning Champagne, you’ll also get two Dartington Crystal flutes to sip your Champagne from.

Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne, Flutes & Ice Bucket

£90

One of the most famous of all fine pink Champagnes. Champagne Laurent-Perrier’s rosé spends four years ageing in its cellar, developing great complexity. You’ll receive this presented in its special bottle and gift box, together with two Dartington Crystal flutes, and a Laurent-Perrier branded ice bucket, so you can serve these bubbles in style.

Six Bottle Luxury Mix

£100

If you struggle to decide on red, white or fizz for your recipient, this gift is the perfect option with a taste of all three. These six wines will enhance any occasion with their quality and complexity of flavour. This selection compromises Didier Chopin Champagne, Saracosa Governo Rosso, Domaine Dampt’s Petit Chablis, the reserve edition of our exclusive Mussel Pot Sauvignon Blanc and Château la Vallée Montagne Saint-Emilion and last but not least, Limited Release McLaren Vale Shiraz… all presented in a luxury gift box.

Picnic Basket Hamper

£115

Looking for that wow factor gift? This elegant hamper with luxurious blanket comes with two beautiful Dartington Crystal flutes and a bottle of Pol Roger Champagne, even more delicious well chilled. A generous gift which is perfect for couples. The upright hamper makes it a smart and convenient way to carry bottles to any occasion in the New Year to come.

Something Different

Perhaps you’re looking for something slightly different to gift this Christmas. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top picks:

Wooden Wine Rack & Wine

£20

Choose from a rich and velvety Italian red or a tropical, zesty New Zealand white. Whichever you choose, it will come packed in a wooden box that soon turns into a handy six-bottle wine rack.

Prosecco & Flutes

£30

This one’s for the Prosecco lovers out there. Your recipient will receive stylish sparkling wine flutes, making family-run Terra Batista’s creamy and complex Prosecco even more elegant.

Barbadillo Sherry & Olives Pack

£35

Sherry and olives are the Spanish equivalent of cheese and crackers – the perfect pairing! Our Barbadillo Sherry & Olives Pack will see your recipient getting the taste of sunny Spain with the aromas and flavours of crisp and dry Manzanilla sherry paired with succulent, juicy olives.

Flowers & Champagne

£75

This fine festive bouquet of elegant amaryllis, red roses and carnations are offset perfectly with pinecones and white thistles. Plus there’s more than a touch of splendour in the bottle of superb Louis Roederer champagne to add some sparkle.

ETO Wine Preserver

£125

You can now save the rest for later with this ETO Wine Preserver. This is the best of the best when it comes to keeping your open bottle in a drinkable condition. Not only is it highly praised for its ability to preserve wine, it also serves as an elegant decanter. A new, beautiful way to drink responsibly!

Gifts Under £40

Discover a selection of perfect gifts for wine lovers all under £40. We’ve got some great ideas for stocking fillers too.

Stirrers

£5.95

Add some fun to a classic G&T or a cocktail with these flavoured edible stirrers from Holly’s Lollies. These make a perfect stocking filler for any cocktail lover with five flavours to choose from: Raspberry Gin, Mulled Wine, Rhubarb Gin & Custard, Gin & Lemon and Amaretto.

Discovery Mixed Duo

£20

Give the gift of wine discovery. In this duo you’ll find the fresh and fruity Il Basso Italian Merlot, a sure-fire crowd pleaser, and Viňa Tarapacá, our bestselling Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. A pleasing pair for someone who is just getting into wine.

Rioja & Glasses

£25

Delight any wine lover with this gift set, presented in a luxury gift box. From winemaker Javier Murúa comes his Barón de Barbón, our bestselling Rioja. Our accompanying glasses will enhance the oak-aged aromas and flavours, opening up its toasty and spicy notes.

Harrow and Hope Brut Rosé

£32

Give the gift of an elegant English sparkling wine this year. But this isn’t just any English sparkling wine, it was last year’s winner of Best English Vintage Sparkling Rosé. Harrow and Hope Brut Rosé use the classic Champagne grapes and traditional Champagne method. It’s got gorgeous berry and toasty richness. The lucky recipient will receive this fizz in a smart, wooden box.

Classic Mixed Trio

£35

We’ve picked wines from some of our most talented producers for this trio. Javier Murúa’s toasty and silky Barón de Barbón is our bestselling Rioja, the Zonin family makes our fresh and creamy Luminoso Leggero Prosecco, and our tropical and crisp Company Bay Sauvignon Blanc is crafted by one of Marlborough’s pioneering cellars.

Or why not try?…

Home Tasting Experience

£80

Say hello to the do-it-yourself Home Tasting Experience. Not only will you SAVE 20% on a six-bottle showcase of delicious quality wine, which includes six glasses, and a Cabalié branded corkscrew, you’ll gain access to an in-depth tasting tutorial for each wine from our Wine Educator, Grant Hedley. Together, you will learn:

  • How to taste like a professional
  • All about the various grape varieties, regions and producers
  • Tasting notes for each wine
  • Perfect food and wine pairings

It’s the perfect gift for those wanting to learn more about wine, it’s also a great gift for yourself too. Find out more about what’s included in a Laithwaite’s Home Tasting Experience by clicking here.

We hope that you’ve found some inspiration for gifts to give this Christmas. You can view our full range over on our webpage.

Prices correct as of 17th November 2020.