Enomatic wine sampling machine at Chelsea shop

by Charles Lea

A shiny new Enomatic machine was delivered to our Chelsea shop yesterday, and customers will be able to sample 8 wines, some for free, others by paying the equivalent聽of the shelf price聽pro-rata for the 25, 50 and 75ml measures. The first eight wines available to taste are:-

Wine 25ml 50ml 75ml
2009 VERMENTINO Domaine les Yeuses Free
2008 LIRAC Cuv茅e de la Reine des Bois Blanc Domaine de la Mordor茅e 拢0.70 拢1.40 拢2.10
2004 VIR脡-CLESS脡 S茅lection EJ Th茅venet Domaine de la Bon Gran 拢0.80 拢1.60 拢2.40
2006 M脗CON PIERRECLOS 1er Jus de Chavigne Domaine Guffens-Heynen 拢1.00 拢2.00 拢3.00
2009 LOU PLANAL Domaine de la Bouysse Free
2008 BARDA PINOT NOIR Bodega Chacra 拢0.65 拢1.25 拢I.90
2005 MONTETI Tenuta Monteti 拢0.65 拢1.60 拢2.40
2002 CH脗TEAU GLORIA Cru Bourgeois Saint Julien 拢1.00 拢2.00 拢3.00

If you live in the area come and tell us what you think of this idea. We at L&S like to聽think we are pretty good at recommending wines which fit our customers’ needs, (and our customers are normally happy to trust us)聽but do you feel this ‘taste before you buy’ is a useful way of selecting or experimenting wines that you would otherwise be nervous of trying? Obviously if it is a great success we may extend the idea by having more wines on taste, or by trying it in聽our other shops.

The Enomatic machine keeps the wines at a constant temperature and prevents spoilage of聽the open bottles in an inert聽atmosphere of 95% argon and 5% carbon dioxide, which the manufacturers say is the ideal mix for wine preservation.