Get us in your inbox


You can now order wine packs from your favourite independent bottle shop

Jess Ho

Blackhearts and Sparrows has just launched a subscription wine service called – wait for it – A Wine Service. Much like a magazine subscription, you sign up and receive your gear, but in this case, you've got a lot more control. Unlike the stack of New Yorkers piling up on your dining table, A Wine Service is designed for you to choose how often you'd like your wines to be delivered. On top of that, you can nominate the styles of wines you'd like to drink and how many bottles you'd like delivered with a flat $10 delivery fee.

Unlike other wine subscription services, A Wine Service doesn't send you sad bin ends or re-labelled cleanskins, telling you what you're drinking is 'good'. You have control over whether you'd like a full pack of reds, whites or mixed wines. The classic pack includes everyday, approachable, great value drops such as the 2017 Crawford River 'Young Vines' riesling, a well-structured wine coming from 18-year-old vines exhibiting typical varietal characteristics such as lime and grapefruit, which is best suited to spice-driven food (aka take-away). The esoteric pack is put together for the lo-fi wine lover, filled with cult-favourites like the 2016 Fabien Jouves ‘You #%$& My Wine?!’ Jurançon Noir, made by a doctor-turned-biodynamic-winemaker who has produced an atypical vivacious, blue-fruited red wine led by refreshing acidity from Cahor. The premium wine pack puts together a collection of revered reds and whites for people with discerning tastes. This month features a Tassie chardonnay from the 2016 vintage of Sailor Seeks Horse, which produces typically low-yielding wines, with this particular vintage exhibiting dynamic purity and focus due to a dry year.

You can also pause or change your subscription type any time you like and send wines back if they're faulty. You won't be scrambling for wine to take to a dinner party ever again. 

Need more wine in your life? Here are our top pick for wine bars. Just want to wet your whistle? Here are our top 50 bars.

Latest news