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Traditional Wine Merchants

Many traditional, bricks-and-mortar wine businesses still exist, despite the rise of the internet direct wine suppliers. My experience has been that a good traditional wine merchant is worth a visit, simply because of the helpful face-to-face advice that can be obtained. Wine has so many types, vintages and prices that buying blind from an internet direct wine merchant has significant disadvantages.

The lists below are alphabetic by country.

UK Traditional Wine Merchants

Averys of Bristol, established 1793

9 Culver Street, Bristol, BS1 5LD Tel: 0117 921 4146

Telephone orders: +44(0)845 863 0995 or online at www.averys.com

Berry Brothers and Rudd Ltd., established 1698

Berry Bros. and Rudd, London

London shop: 3 St. James's Street, London, SW1A 1EG

Tel orders: +44(0)800 280 2440 or online at www.bbr.com

Ballantynes Wine Merchants, Cardiff

211-217 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9PP

Tel: +44(0)292 022 2202 or online at www.ballantynes-direct.co.uk

D. Byrne and Co., Clitheroe, established 1870's

12 King Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2EP

Tel: +44(0)1200 423 152 or online at www.dbyrne-finewines.co.uk

Domaine Direct, London, founded 1981

6-9 Cynthia Street, London, N1 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 7837 1142 or online at www.domainedirect.co.uk

Farr Vintners, founded 1978

Wholesale fine and rare wine merchants, specialising in top Bordeaux wines and leading en primeur merchants.

220 Queenstown Road, London, SW8 4LP

Tel: +44 (0)20 7821 2000 or online at www.farrvintners.com

Fine and Rare Wines, founded 1994

Pall Mall Deposit, 124-128 Barlby Road, London, W10 6BL

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8960 1995 or online at www.frw.co.uk

John Harvey and Sons Ltd, Shippers of wines since 1796

Specialises in Claret, especially Chateau Latour

27 Pall Mall, London, SW1

12 Denmark Street, Bristol, BS99 7JE

Laithwaites, Theale, Berkshire, founded 1992

Laithwaites has 10 shops:

17-21 Gregories Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 1HH, Tel: +44 (0)1494 677 564

John Nike Way, Binfield, RG12 8TN, Tel: +44 (0)1344 427 004

417 Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR2 6EU, Tel: +44 (0)2087 609 191

63-65 Molesey Road, Hersham, Surrey, KT12 4RS, Tel: +44 (0)1932 248 640

348 Crofton Road, Locksbottom, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8NN, Tel: +44(0)1689 856401

60-62 Station Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3RX, Tel: +44(0)1217 042 002

78-80 Portsmouth Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 5PT, Tel: +44(0)2083 994 246

New Aquitaine House,Exeter Way, Theale, RG7 4PL, Tel: +44(0)1189 030 600

Unit 1, London Road, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4QE, Tel: +44(0)1344 849 267

121 Arthur Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1RU Tel: +44(0)1753 866 192

Order by telephone: 0845 194 7720 or online at www.laithwaites.co.uk

The Oxford Wine Company, Standlake, Oxfordshire, founded 1992

Standlake, Witney, Oxon OX29 7PR

Tel: +44 (0)1865 30 11 44 or online at www.oxfordwine.co.uk

Peter Green and Co

Most fine wines of France and Rioja

37a Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1HJ

Tel: +44 (0)1312 295 925

Website unknown

UK Wine Clubs

The Wine Society, founded 1874

Aims to introduce members to the best of the world's vineyards at a fair price. Each new member buys one share at £40 and holds it for life. So, the society is owned by its members and sells only to members.

Tel: 01438 737 700 or online at www.thewinesociety.com

Rather than ordering for delivery to your home, members can save on delivery charges by calling at the one outlet that the Society operates. The address is: Cellar Showroom, Gunnells Wood Road, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2BT

For UK members, savings in VAT can be made by buying, or collecting pre-ordered wine at the French showroom in Montreuil-sur-Mer, which is close to Calais

UK Online Wine Merchants

Listed below are online wine merchants that don't appear to have retail shops which customers can visit. I've put these in a separate list, simply because, without shops, obtaining good advice from wine experts is just a bit harder.

Corney and Barrow, London, established 1780

Tel: +44 (0)20 7265 2400 or online at www.corneyandbarrow.com

Bibendum Wine, London, N1

Tel orders: +44(0)20 7449 4120 or online at www.bibendum-wine.co.uk

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