Quotation MarkFrenchmen drink wine just like we used to drink water before Prohibition
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Ring Lardner


Quotation MarkA cask of wine works more miracles than a church full of saints
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Quotation MarkGive me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather and a little musicout of doors, played by somebody I do not know
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John Keats

Shopping for Wine - UK Websites
Reviews and ratings of quality, hand-picked, UK websites

Chateau Online
Headers: Rare Wine Cellar, Primeurs, Spirits, Gifts, Auctions, Paradise, The Magazine, Corporate, Wine Accessories, Wine Subscription
Excelent range of wines from all over the world from one of Europe's leading indepentdent wine merchants with a choice of over 3000 wines. There are also many articles on wine from how to set up your own wine cellar to a guide to winemakers of the world. ChateauOnline is based in Paris.
European Delivery Available

The Alcohol-Free Shop
Headers: Eat, Drink, Live, Give
Pregnant? On medication? Or just don't want to drink alcohol? Here you will find a wide range of alcohol-free products including wines and beers, non-alcoholic drinks, health and beauty products, chocolates and snacks. Plus a selection of gifts, such as organic alcohol free wine hampers, for your alcohol-free friends. The Alcohol-Free Shop is owned by Padimax Limited of Kearsley Road, Manchester.
Delivery to UK mainland only.

Headers: Bears, Gifts, Food, Toys, Spring, Hampers, Harrods World, Clearance, Flowers
The famous Knightsbridge Department store hits the web. And if you are after luxury items from Bears to Hampers from Bedroom to Kitchen, then this is the shop for you! And not everthing is that expensive really. You can get a Rio Jazz Cafe Mug for under a fiver. Only problem is that the postage cost doubles that cost! Buy online or request a catalogue.
International Delivery Available

John Lewis  
Headers: Home & Garden, Electrical Appliances, Technology, Sport & Leisure, Fashion, Gifts & Flowers, Toys, Baby
A collection of the best of the home and gift ranges from the 26 John Lewis UK Department stores. Superb site, easy to use, great design, selling everything from plasma TVs  to Cross Classic Pens. Prices are surprisingly competitive considering the range of items. Do not apply their price match guarantee shop pricing as strictly on the web, but claim that they keep as close as they can, and mostly prices are syncronised. Hot on customer service. Buy online or request a free catalogue - there are 5 to choose from.
Special Features:
Free 28 day returns policy.
Free Delivery

Headers: Mixed Cases, Red Wine, White Wine, Rose Wine, Champagne & Sparkling, Port, Sherry & Fortified, gifts
Laithwaites is a wine specialist and has a huge variety of wines, from everyday to fine and rare wines, on the website from countries all over the world. Each wine carries a picture and a description. You can search by type, country, price, food match or grape variety. Confident of the quality of the wine, Laithwaites offers a money back taste guarantee plus the site is rich in information about wine. Laithwaites is supplied by Direct Wines Ltd of Reading.

Last Orders
Lagers, Champagnes, Spirits, Alcopops, Wines, Stouts &Ales, Ciders, Soft drinks, Corporate.
Somewhat slow loading but a good selection of drinks. Generally have to buy 24 cans or bottles at a time. Next day deliveries will be made between 08:30 and 17:30. You don't have to sign for the delivery, so if you're not going to be in between 08:30 and 17:30, you can simply add detailed instructions on where the parcel/s can be safely left, such as "leave with neighbour at No. 54" or "Please leave in garden shed behind house".

London Wine Academy
The London Wine Academy offers wine courses and wine tastings for everyone from the absolute beginner learning purely for pleasure, to those with a more serious perhaps career-based interest.  

Marks & Spencer Online Store
Headers: Women, Lingerie, Men, Kids, Entertainment, Travel, Home, Technology, Flowers & Gifts, Food & Wine, M&S Money, Gift Vouchers

In addition to the standard, high quality M&S range of clothing for men, women and children, there is the ultra trendy per una due range for girls, which is not available in all stores. The home department features an impressive range of home accessories, from soft furnishings to bathroom suites. Not to mention a pretty large range of rather upmarket furniture for every room in the house, including the garden. M&S online is not just restricted to clothes and home accessories - peek into the technology department for phones, TVs, hi-fi, radios, iPods and digital camcorders and cameras. The food department is in two parts. Lunchtogo allows you to order business lunches online - type in post code to see if you are in a delivery area. With food ordering, you have to download an order form to present at participating stores.
Special Features: 90 day free returns policy. You can sign up for the Marks & Spencer credit card, &more, online.
Gift Service: Gift vouchers and gift wrapping available, plus you can have your order sent to more than one address.
Free UK Delivery for Furniture, TVs and Flowers

Sorrells Wine Racks
Headers: Sorrells wineracks, Traditional wine racks, Hardwood wine racks, Custom wine cellars, Wine cellar accessories, About, Prestigious Customers, Picture Gallery.
Family owned company which has been producing highest quality traditional wine racks and wine storage accessories since 1947. They recently refitted the Ritz wine cellar for 2000 bottles but can cater for less wine bottles than that! Elegant but uncluttered and fast site.
Special Features: Use their online Wine rack designer and they will email you a quotation normally in 24 hours.

Champagne and chocolatesSparkling Direct
Headers: Champagne Gifts, Wine Gifts, Other Drink Gifts, Hampers, Helium Balloons
If you like champagne, then you will like this site. Enjoy browsing through their selection of over 250 Champagne gifts - plus they also offer a very range of other wine and spirits gifts.
Free Delivery

Tesco.com Winestore
Headers: Wine
You can buy cases of red, white, champagne and sparkling wine or mixed cases from Tesco. Prices range from around £3.00 per bottle to over £100 per bottle. You also get clubcard points on all orders. In addition, Tesco also have a useful wine guide if you are not sure what to buy.
Free Delivery on order >£99

Top Appliance
Headers: American Fridge/Freezers, Cooker Hoods, Dishwashers, Hobs, Laundry, Microwaves, Other, Ovens, Range cookers, Refrigeration, Wine Coolers
Large range of freestanding and built-in kitchen appliances, including both gas and electric hobs and range cookers. Note, the only freestanding cookers they have are range cookers. Most top brands are available including AEG, Bosch, LG, Neff, Smeg, Zanussi and many more. Top Appliance does not have stores and sells via the internet only, thus saving on overhead costs. They offer to match or beat any genuine offer elsewhere on the internet. The head office is in Sheffield.
Installation: Not available

Excellent selection of wine coolers

Vintage Wine Gifts
Headers: Vintage Wine, Champagne, Port, Spirits, Accessories
Single bottles of top quality vintage wine, port, whisky, armagnac and champagne direct, next day, to your home or office. All bottles are gift packaged with a gift message and tasting and storage notes and come with a no quibble refund policy and a price promise guarantee. You can search by price, year, region and drink. Some interesting wine maps and charts showing which years were vintage etc.

Virgin Wines
Headers: Your recommendations, Your favourites, Mixed cases, Browse, Wine plans, Gifts, Bin end cases, Wine Wizard.
Virgin wine have some bold promises on their site. "If we recommend a wine and you don't like it, you don't pay." They claim! and there is more! ... "If you work and are not at home during the day, don't worry - our couriers will find a safe place to leave your wine and we'll replace it if it gets nicked."

Headers: Gifts/Membership, Wines, Events, Merchandise
With WineShare you can rent a share of one of their award winning vineyards in France. You can then buy the wines at the cost of production, collecting them at your vineyard itself, their warehouse in Calais, or they can deliver by post in 14 days. You can visit your vineyard, take part in the harvesting of the grapes, (drink the young wine straight from the vats) and join other like-minded enthusiasts for the many social events they organise in the UK and in France.

Wineware Racks and Accessories
Headers: Wineracks, Corkscrews, Decanting & Serving, Riedel Crystal, Glassware, Wine Preservation & Cellarware, Wine Fridges
For all wine afficionados out there, Wineware sells everything you need (apart from wine) to enjoy wine to its fullest, from corkscrews to wine cellars to the finest crystal. Attractive, fast loading website. Most items are available for purchase online. Wineware is based in Littlehampton, West Sussex.
Gift Wrapping: £3.95 per item

Headers: Furniture, Gambling Stuff, Bar Accessories, Cocktail Equipment, Wine Accessories, Games Room, Kitchen & Dining, Fridges & Chillers, Branded Goods, Neon Signs & Light, Party Stuff, Glassware, Fancy Dress, Gifts & Gadgets, Signs & Mirrors, Adult, Outdoors
Very good range of drinking and party related gifts and gadgets, including stag and hen night gadgets, fancy dress for children and adults as well as food and drink accessories. Drinkstuff is based in Melbourn, Herts.
Special Features: Price match guarantee plus a 30 day no quibble policy.
Gift Wrapping: Small items £1.99, large items £2.99, very large items £3.99.
Free Delivery on orders >£75
International Delivery Available


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