Written on: 08/11/2007 by joeyruss (15 reviews written)
Selection can be a bit hit and miss. You need to have a varied taste.
Four Seasons ..this is part of the Sunday Times wine club..
You may be tempted by their introductory three free bottles or even two cases for the price of one if you're lucky. The offers tend to change and much depends on where you see the advert.
The idea is that you receive a case (12 bottles) every month. You may choose from reds only, whites only or a mixed case. You will be notified a couple of weeks before delivery what to expect in the next case. You also get tasting notes and guide sheets to each wine which you can then file away in a ring binder which you receive free with the first case.
The cases are delivered automatically but you do have the option to cancel the next delivery or even withdraw from the scheme at any time. Be aware though .. unless you cancel, they WILL arrive each month and the amount will be debited from your account.
A word about the wines. You will be told that the wines come from small select, family run vineyards and are a world apart from the mass produced supermarket wines. This may be true but don't expect fabulous unusual wine. Cases are priced at around £65 which includes delivery. This is claimed to be a saving of 10% on rrp.
The cases will inevitably include "new world" wines from Chile. There's usually a few bottles of Australian Shiraz and Australian Chardonnay included also. Australian Shiraz is powerful stuff and certainly not to everyone's taste. Aussie Chardonnay may well be very popular among the masses but its not exactly brilliant wine. These are everyday wines and you can probably get them cheaper from your local supermarket where of course, you'll also be able to choose what you want, not accept what you're given ..!
Four Seasons is a good idea and saves you carrying wines home from the shops but in my opinion, you are paying a premium for them and you'll need to have a few family members or friends with different tastes to make them worthwhile and have a ready supply of wines to suit all tastes.
I've cancelled my subscription. Its not for me .....
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