From humble beginnings as a small-scale brewery, Adnams has grown to become a much-loved name within the wine world, famous for its commitment to quality.
While the Adnams name was once synonymous with tasty British beers, the company has expanded to become a leading vendor of top-notch wines, all of which are sold, at Adnams’ UK stores and via mail order, for extremely fair prices.
Mention the Adnams name to any white wine lover and chances are you will garner many approving nods, as the company has a loyal following among wine buffs, who appreciate the range and reasonable prices of Adnams’ collections.
The company also produces a range of kitchenware and wine accessories that make great gifts for lovers of white wine – such as classy corkscrews and some quality wine glasses and Champagne flutes.
The Adnams annual wine list has white wine lovers drooling as soon as it is published, as it represents the best of an international list that includes still and sparkling white wine from countries including, but far from limited to, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.
The stores began life as two little beer and wine merchants in the picturesque UK town of Southwold. Just a stones’ throw from the famous Adnams Breweries, the Adnams Cellar & Kitchen shops quickly established a following through word-of-mouth recommendations and mail order became an obvious way to expand the business. Long before the advent of the internet, Adnams were selling their wines, beers and kitchen bits and pieces via mail order catalogue; a system that worked well for over 30 years.
By 2005, Adnams had developed a solid online presence and the company felt it was ready to roll out an expansion programme, opening new stores at eight UK locations, including Richmond, Surrey and Holkham on the North Norfolk coast.
Unlike their beers, Adnams do not make their own wines, but select and sell the best available from around the world. Some of the best value wines are selected to be sold under the Adnams Selection range – a limited collection that represents an excellent price:quality ratio.
The Adnams white wine range has expanded and diversified over the years, as new countries and regions have emerged as major players and new wineries have emerged onto the scene.
Adnams’ reputation for hunting out the best wines from across the world is due in no small part to the talents of Alistair Marshall – Senior Buyer at Adnams for more than 30 years.
Alongside ‘core’ white wines that make it onto the Adnams wine list, the company also sells ‘limited edition’ wines that are only in stock for a few months or even weeks at a time. Many of these are artisan wines from very small wineries and they tend to sell out soon after they become available.
White wine enthusiasts who like to stick to an organic lifestyle will find plenty of interest at Adnams too – with a distinctive green ‘leaf’ symbol denoting wines made using organic methods.
The Adnams Selection range is a small selection of excellent wines from across the world, that is updated regularly to ensure that the company only lends its name to wines of which it can be justly proud. To make the grade, a wine has to be ‘really special’ – being typical of its appelation while representing spectacular value for its price range. Adnams Selection wines are not necessarily expensive – the majority come in at around £7.99, but they all deliver excellent quality drinking experiences. The aim is to make high quality white wine, along with reds and roses, accessible to as wide a market as possible.
Among the stars of the Adnams Selection white wine range is the Cuvée Paul Talmard White Burgundy, from the Mâcon-Chardonnay region of France. This wine is the Adnams team’s ‘All-time favourite’ and the company describes it as ‘spectacular’ for its £7.99 price tag.
Lovers of Champagne and sparkling white wine will find great, affordable bottles within the Adnams Selection range, making this a great option for choosing a reliably good bottle that won’t break the bank.
Aside from the Adnams Selection bottles, the sparkling white wine selection from Adnams is as impressive as one would expect. Taking in authentic Champagnes as well as sparkling wines from Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and even Great Britain, the sparkling wines start at under £10 for an excellent Beresford Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Brut – now that’s a reason to celebrate.