The trusted brand Marks and Spencer is famous for offering a range of items including clothing, home and beauty products and food. However, it is Marks and Spencer’s range of wine that really stands out. It won the Decanter magazines and the International wine challenges ‘Supermarket of the year’ award. M&S has also won the wine merchant of the year award, which is virtually unheard of in a supermarket. The quality of M&S wine is above and beyond what you would expect from a supermarket. Marks and Spencer have regular wine tastings and offer its customers much more freedom.
One of the advantages of M&S online wine is that there is no minimum order. Unlike many other sites you do not have to buy wine. However, many wines come in minimum cases of six or twelve, particularly the cheaper bottles.
Delivery Time and Costs
If you have a wine plan or order above the amount specified on the site, there are no delivery charges. Delivery generally takes 2-5 working days when the product is in stock at the time of order. The charges are £3.50 per address, this is very competitive compared to similar sites. You can also get nominated day delivery £4.95. You can receive this within 24 hours if you order by 12 noon. If you are buying wine gifts rather than wine cases, you can get next day delivery if you order by 5pm.
Range of Products
Marks and Spencer has an excellent range of wines available at almost every price range. Unlike many supermarkets it does not offer the branded wines such as Blossom Hill. Most products are specially selected to avoid bland uninteresting wines commonly found on supermarket shelves. M&S offer a range of wines from all different countries across the world including many quality old world and new world types.
Types of Products and Price Range
Marks and Spencer offers a range of wine products. It has a selection of Champagne and Sparkling wines as well as Red, Rose and White and sections for fine wines, mixed cases and exclusive internet offers. The fine wines available are priced around the £100 mark. There is a fairly large selection available of both white and red wine as well as Champagne. If you wish to buy M&S wines as a gift, perhaps for a wedding or birthday, there is a great gift section where you can find reasonably priced, well packaged items. There are still a fair few great wines priced in the £0-£10 bracket as with many other online stores, these tend to come in cases of six or twelve. The site does offer many regular great offers and deals including bin end clearances, and 25% off selected wines.
Style and Usability of Site
The Marks and Spencer wine site is one part of the overall M&S site. This can be a little confusing as you can easily click back onto the general site rather than specifically wine information. The help page, and delivery information could also be clearer. However, the layout is good with an attractive home page with vivid colours and pictures making it appealing to the eye. The site is fairly user friendly with a quick and simple wine finder menu where you can choose wine according to price range and origin.
There is also other information on the site such as the Awards M&S wine has won, as well as details on new arrivals and press picks. The site also features a section on recommendations from specialist wine experts, giving detailed reviews on top wines. There is even a Murphys wine section. This consists of interesting notes from an M&S wine buyer. This gives you some insight into the process involved and adds to your general knowledge of wine. You can also sign up to receive wine club emails. These provide you with the latest information on new and exclusive cases and wine news. You will find out all the new arrivals and offers first.
In order to purchase an item you need to sign up to an M&S account. This is simple and easy to set up with just your email address and password. You do not have to sign up for any yearly account, and are not obliged to pay any weekly or monthly subscription.