If ever there was a time when we needed alcohol delivery, this it. We've just entered the first nationwide lockdown in New Zealand history, and with the knowledge that we're going be stuck at home for the next four weeks (with no social drinks on the agenda), we're definitely gonna need something to keep our spirits up. So make some space in that fridge and/or alcohol cabinet of yours, and take a looksie at these companies offering what for many of us could be the secret to surviving the next month...
For craft beer lovers, services like Beer Jerk are a legit Godsend right now. Their website is a treasure trove of rare and interesting brews—many you're unlikely to find at your local bottle shop—including those from Omnipollo, New New New and Dugges with individual cans, six-packs, mixed cases and even a subscription all part of their offerings (yes, you read that right: a subscription service for CRAFT BEER). Should you opt for a sub, you'll be treated to a box of surprise brews which you can work your way through each Thursday, while talking about it with other like-minded drinkers via the online Beer Jerk club. That's enough beer—and enough beer banter—to see you through the lockdown, and out the other side. Delivery nationwide.
WineFriend is just the kind of friend we need at the moment, and runs with the idea that buying wine should be as much fun as it is to drink. This clever company will actually test your tastebuds (online, of course), then put together a box of wines that match these results—as well as your budget—which are then delivered to your door. Once finished, let them know what you thought of their selection and they'll take this info, and start the process all over again. Due to the current situation, you can also hop online and buy some of their top picks by the bottle. Delivery nationwide.
How about some boozy buch to brighten the long days ahead? Nelson's Kombucha Bros. have combined their fave kombucha blends with triple-distilled spirits like gin, creating the mash-up we didn't know we needed: alcoholic kombucha. This is a huge trend overseas and one we're glad to see Kiwis finally tapping into (especially, we have to say, at a time like this). Available by the glass or can—though some items may be running low due to hot demand—with shipping free for orders over $40. Delivery nationwide.
Foley Wine Club
Foley Wines certainly know their vino; acting as custodians for some of the country's most well-known wineries and wine brands including Martinborough Vineyard, Grove Mill, Vavasour, Mt Difficulty and Te Kairanga, as well as the iconic Lighthouse Gin label. Check out their online 'wine club' and get some of these goodies delivered straight to your door, with free shipping available for a limited time (sounds like a win-win to us). Delivery nationwide.
Invivo & Co
Wine time is on, thanks to the legends at Invivo & Co. These guys stand by the mantra “nothing should get in the way of a good drink” and we couldn't agree more (especially at a time like this). One of New Zealand's leading wine producers, they have a slew of accolades to their name—including the title of world's best sauvignon blanc—and have collaborated on wines with superstars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Graham Norton (who, BTW, they've also created a gin with). Cut a long story short, these guys make a damn good drop. See for yourself and get some today, via their contactless courier service. Delivery nationwide.
What better way to shake away those lockdown blues than with a DIY cocktail sesh? The crew at Cocktail Merchant have you covered, with all the equipment—and of course all the booze—to whip up quality cocktails in your own kitchen. They even sell recipe books, should you need a bit of inspo. Delivery nationwide.
Everyday Wine is the stuff of quarantine dreams, offering a huge selection of organic natural wines including those from France, Spain, Australia and of course New Zealand. From fresh whites to rich reds and everything in between, they have the perfect lockdown drop for you. Our top pick has to be anything from Garage Project's Fairy Bread range—just the thing for brightening a particularly long day. Free delivery, nationwide.
You're probably more used to visiting Glengarry in store, but did you know that they also stock a huge range of drinks online? Whether you're after a rare craft beer, an award-winning vino or a punchy premix (Pals and Part Time Rangers, we see you), rest assured there's a bevvy with your name on it. Plus, they even have a collection of cocktail recipes available should you wish to brush up on your mixology skills. Delivery nationwide.
Kings Liquor have been creating their own spirits, liqueurs and other products for more than 30 years—including the country's first commercially viable alternative to Baileys—and are continuing to bring you their tasty tipples throughout the lockdown. We particulary like the sound of their cranberry and raspberry gin; as well as their 'orangecello' (a tasty twist on limoncello). Delivery nationwide.
The Hunting Lodge
Auckland, you lucky thing—award-winning vineyard, The Hunting Lodge will hook you up with top-notch vino in 48 hours or less if you live within a 25km radius, and for free if your order costs more than $70. For those of you further afield, never fear—they also deliver nationwide, with an ETA of 1-3 days and for just $5 and $15 for the North and South Island respectively. If you only buy one thing, make it their sparkling Blush Crush sav—it's pink, people!
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