The Alps may still be out the question for most this winter but not to worry, South London’s favourite wine bars, Unwined, have launched new, seasonally curated, in-a-box wine experiences to enjoy at home. The first in their range celebrates everything alpine – think cold climate wines and alpine cheeses. This winter, it’s all about apres ski at home.

Unwined’s founders Laura Aitken and Kiki Evans met working at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in 2007.  Since the launch of their pop-up in 2012, the pair have been on a ten-year mission to make wine accessible, believing that when it comes to wine, it should be a conversation that everyone can join in with.

Unwined: Experience Kit

The first kit (£65) is be themed ‘Ski Season’, bringing a great night out – in, because let’s face it, we’ve all forgotten how to socialise post-lockdown, right?

Ski Season features an off-dry Riesling from the most southerly limits of Chile, an Austrian Zweigelt heated by thermal springs below the ground, and a delicate old vine Grenache from the Sierra de Gredos mountain range in Spain. Cheeses include a Vacherin Mont d’Or, which is traditionally made in the colder months when the cows come down from mountain pastures, an oozy Gorgonzola from Piemonte, and a nutty Gruyère-style cheese from the Swiss Alps – perfect for curling up with in front of a roaring fire.

Photo credit: Charlie McKay

Unwined: DIY Tasting Case

If you love wine but want a more rounded understanding of what you are drinking, the Unwined DIY Tasting Case (from £57.50) is your starter for ten. The cases are designed to help you improve your knowledge of varietals and producers, all the while bringing to life their stories, so you can become your own master of wine. Demystifying wine is what Aitken and Evans do best and the Unwined DIY Tasting Case cleverly uses quirky and accessible language to do just this. You choose your grapes and they’ll guide you through.

Coming as a case of three or six 750ml bottles, everyone from wine novices to connoisseurs can get to grips with the grapes as a group through the guided tasting notes and exclusive videos. Keep your eyes peeled on Unwined’s social for the 2022 themed boxes…

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