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March 24, 2020
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How to order booze to your door in Adelaide during COVID-19

Bars and clubs across Adelaide have been forced to close, but our city's bartenders, sommeliers and booze producers have still got your back. Here are all the ways to support local business and have alcohol left at your doorstep.

SPECIAL REPORT: COVID-19 ADELAIDE

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, and to keep businesses afloat – and as many hospitality workers as possible in jobs – bright minds throughout the late night and alcohol industry have created takeaway and delivery options to make sure you’re not left without a quality knock-off come Friday (or any day) at 5pm.

Browse the A-Z list below and keep your whistle wet while supporting the South Australian community.

If you’d like to add your business to our list – please get in touch.

 


New listings this week

COBBS HILL ESTATE

As a small boutique cellar door nestled in the heart of the Hills, it has been hard for Cobb’s Hill Estate to absorb everything that has been thrown at them during COVID-19. Cobb’s Hill specialise in small batch wines, sold direct to consumers with 90 per cent of their sales being made at their cellar door.

Cobb’s Hill Estate wines are made from – you guessed it – estate-grown grapes and are hand crafted by Peter Leske, who has 20+ years experience in Adelaide Hills wine making.

“We truly believe that wine brings people together,” says Lisa Merckel operations manager at Cobb’s Hill Estate. “Our cellar door use to be a hotspot for good times, shared around a bottle (or three) of wine! In these times of social distancing, we hope that people continue to virtually cheer over zoom, face time or whatever other technology they are using and keep on drinking good wine in good company.”

That is why Cobb’s Hill Estate are offering free delivery on six packs of wine, Australia wide and a complimentary $50 voucher per six pack to be used at their cellar door as a way to bring people back to the Cellar Door when COVID-19 restrictions allow.

cobbshillestate.com.au


 

ALONGSIDE AMBLESIDE

Would you like some gin with your garnish?

‘Alongside Ambleside’ is a premium range of six pre-batched cocktails from Roxies, Bank Street Social, Hains and Co. and Midnight Spaghetti as well as Ambleside’s own, delivered straight to your door.

The pack features an ‘Elder Fashion’ from Bank St Social, ‘Gin Sour’ from Midnight Spaghetti, The Ambleside (grapefruit and sherbert), ‘Clarified Gin Milk Punch’ from Hains & Co., plus a ‘Rose Negroni’ and an ‘Espresso Martini’ from Ambleside. Each bottle contains two serves, or one very large single serve (if it’s been a hard day).

Available from 7th May (that’s today!) via the Ambleside Cellar Door – 1 Ambleside Rd, Hahndorf SA – and their website. Warning – they’re seriously cute.


 

LOC BOTTLE SHOP

Stunning snaps – as always – by Andy Nowell

LOC Bottle Shop looks like the start of something beautiful. Pitching an exuberant range of zero:zero wines – that’s nothing adding, no sulphites or preservatives and completely organically farmed grapes only wines – this bottle shop has a neat little selection of crushed and fermented grapes. You can read more about the crazy-passionate people who make zero:zero wine here.

LOC say beer and spirits and non-alcoholic beverages will be on their website soon, but there’s more than enough online right now for you to take a gander at right now.

locbottleshop.com

 


A-Z listing

 

Photo by Meaghan Coles

ADELAIDE GIN

The folks at Adelaide Gin (a South Australian owned and operated business) are still operating online at the moment, and you all can get gin delivered to you door via the link above.


 

Alpha Box & “Friends” (see Applewood gin included) is a new concept the winery is rolling out this week to share the love and their expertise in digital marketing and distribution

 

ALPHA BOX & DICE

After spending a full day with the team from Alpha Box & Dice for our current print edition, we are sure this business will never let you down when it comes to an online ordering experience. Smooth visuals and expert user experience is the result of many big brains, and a serious passion for digital resting at the core of this growing, international wine business based out of McLaren Vale.

Alpha Box & Dice are doing big discounts and prosecco-based incentives + delivery is FREE Australia wide – all the time. We heard they guaranteed same-day delivery over the weekend just gone and all staff were “on deck” to make the deliveries. We can also tell you the team is taking every precaution and following the latest advice regarding handling cardboard and best practice for distribution with regards to the COVID-19 virus.


BAR PERIPHERAL

Worthy of its own story – and indeed one we told in detail recently – Bar Peripheral is taking the COVID-19 disruption head on with a specialised and sanitised home delivery and takeaway drinks offer they’re calling the Nobel Experiment.

Check out their Facebook post for more details, but in essence you can have cocktails made and delivered with a bowl of their delicious soup for just $20. Delivery is free within 6km radius from Adelaide CBD.

If you’re living further out than that, please send them an enquiry. Bar Peripheral say they’re, “flexible and will do our best to cater your needs.”


 

Photo: Supplied

BIG EASY DRINKS

Great news! If you are self-isolating, it turns out you’re not stuck having to sip your way through a sad interpretation of a Negroni made with the basic AF spirits left over in your booze cupboard.

Big Easy, the group that incorporates NOLA, The Stag, and Anchovy Bandit, have produced this brand-new alcohol delivery service, which will deliver curated drinks to your door.

Bar staff will be available via online chat to talk about the drink you’re after, recommend products, and take your order, which will then be transported by one of the team’s FOH staff.

Not only will this support the venue and its staff (tip your driver!), you’ll also be supporting the beer, wine and spirits producers also feeling the effects of the hospitality downturn.

You can browse the Big Easy Drinks offering here.

Same day delivery is guaranteed if ordered before 3pm, and orders are valid up to 5km from the city. There is no delivery fee for orders over $100.

BIG EASY DRINKS BACK AT IT

Big Easy Drinks was founded to support the little guy, and there couldn’t be a better time to support our states wine makers. SA was devastated by bush fires just prior to this year’s harvest and now covid-19 has dramatically effected where and how these producers are able to sell their great products.

So that’s why they tell us they’ve launched this SA-Great Wine Pack. A mixed 6-pack of wines, each locally made by 6 incredible independent producers.


 

Photo: Andy Nowell

BOOZE BROTHERS

Locations
The Mile End – 33 Henley Beach Road
The Unley – 27 Unley Road, Parkside
Colonist – 44 The Parade, Norwood
The Duck – 393 Main Road, Coromandel Valley
Mick O’Shea’s – Main Road, Hackham
Avenues – 114 Payneham Road, Stepney

South Australian and family-owned for more than 30 years, Booze Brothers have all the trendy craft beer, wine and spirits you want – even if they don’t look like they do and good news: Bottle shops can stay OPEN (for now).

Booze Brothers are offering Counter-to-Car drive through service at The Mile End, Unley and Duck Inn. Booze Brothers Supports local wineries, distilleries, breweries and more with a broad range of products not found in other liquor retail stores and they’re 100 per cent South Australian owned.

 

Photo: Andy Nowell


D’ARENBERG WINES

D’arenberg are turning up the heat – though not too high – with their offer to deliver you a lot of wine and a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.

It’s safe to say d’Arenberg knows its target market well enough to put this combo together for all those people who love, “the sweet smell of pork smoking over charcoal and apple wood chunks, alongside a rich and robust glass of The Dead Arm Shiraz.”

Two deals available here.

  • SPEND $450 on wine, purchase a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 37cm for only $200 (valued $399) or
  • SPEND $900 on wine, receive a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 37cm for Free.
  • Includes free delivery, Australia-wide. 

DELINQUENTE

We’ve followed Con Greg Grigoriou’s business since he launched – we even connected him with artist Jason Koen (nee Ankles, now Outlaw Loose) before he had the iconic motley crew of characters assembled across his range of bottles and the distinct, avant-garde (at that time) Italian varietal grapes crushed inside.

Our pick (and everyone’s) is the Weeping Juan pet nat. Delicious. But everything in this mixed six is excellent, interesting and different from the usual ‘natural’ wine scene.

Delinquente are vegan-friendly and organic wines.


 

Image of East End Wine cellars bottle room

EAST END CELLARS

East End Cellars (Bottle Shop only)
25 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
8232 5300

That bastion of oh-so-social an evening in Rundle Street East, East End Cellars have pulled in their patio furniture and put away the cheese boards and moved to a takeaway-only business model. East End Cellars bottle shop is open for business, but have changed their trading hours: Mon – Sat: 9am ’til 7pm & Sunday: 12pm ’til 7pm for all the best wine and spirits.

Worried about excessive consumption? EEC is one of the few places you can access the hypodermic wine-by-the-glass system: Coravin. This enables you to open your best bottle – without opening it at all. Very cool.

Delivery fees have changed.
~ Free delivery on orders over $100.00 within 5km of Adelaide CBD
~ $15 delivery outside 5km of CBD
~ Free Delivery on all orders over $240.00
One of EEC’s friendly staff will deliver the product to their front door (which keeps them in a job!)


 

ETCETERA, ETC

Drink hope! Flinders Street wine distributor Etcetera, ETC is offering you a “case of hope”: mixed six packs of their favourite small-batch wines, offered at a reduced price.

Not only will each six pack be delivered, but there is no charge for delivery South Australia-wide.

To see what’s on offer, see the Etcetera, ETC website.


 

FASSNIA FAMILY LIQUOR

Adam Fassina loading a truck for deliveries during COVID-19 crisis

Adam Fassina loading a truck for deliveries during COVID-19

Fassina Liquor is an SA family business that has been around since 1975, with three generations of family members working in the business. Fassina specialise in local SA products, particularly small and medium SA wineries, along with local beers and spirits.

Like everyone, Fassina has had to pivot quickly and got in touch with us to tell you about the courier service they’ve launched for metro Adelaide: same day service if order is in before midday.

Email orders and queries to orders@fassina.com.au
$10 flat fee for wine in metro Adelaide. Additional surcharges for beer. Minimum spend $50.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries at 8179 9700


 

JUICE TRADERS / AKA LEIGH STREET WINE ROOM

The sister company to Leigh Street Wine Room, Juice Traders may well have always been a part of the boutique bar’s plans, but the future was brought to the now thanks to a little thing called a global pandemic.

This is good news for you, because all of a sudden you have the opportunity to try some of the most interesting and exquisite bottles of wine (of the natural kind) from around the world right in your home – and for a very homely price.

For those unfamiliar with the “fresh / natural / living wine” movement, we recommend you take the LSWR suggestions as gospel and click here for a shortlist of heavy hitters.


 

LAMBROOK WINES

We reported last week on the huge news that Lambrook was releasing tiny bottles of sparkling wine to help you celebrate the small victories we – as a society – gain against COVID-19. And apparently you enjoyed the piccolos so much Lambrook are having to find more incentives to move their REGULAR sized bottles from their Magill Road facility.

“Four to your door” is an excellent pitch for your dollar, with Lambrook landing four of their escellent Adelaide Hills wines on your doorstep for just $75.

Select any of these Adelaide Hills wines delivered to your door:

  • ‘Spark’ Sparkling Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Gris
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Rosé
  • Shiraz

Shop Lambrook here.


 

Photo by Meaghan Coles

NEVER NEVER

This week the now-McLaren Vale based distillery won Best in Class at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards – the first time an Australian gin company has been able to achieve this. However, Never Never won the award for their Triple Juniper Export Strength, a duty-free only release, in a time when airports are empty.

“It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragic,” says Sean Baxter, co-founder of Never Never.

“What we have decided to do is release it to Australia, at Duty Free prices, so Australians can try the world’s best for the best price, delivered straight to their door.”

The win will be announced soon (or already – depending when you read this) via the brand’s social media accounts.


PYJAMA WINE

The fine folk at The Fruitful Pursuit are imploring savvy drinkers to do two things with this new remote tasting experience: spend money with small wine producers, and drink wine at home in your PJs along with said winemakers.

Each week, TFP will release a round of 30 tickets each for two winemakers, priced at $79 a piece, which will get you a three-pack of their wine delivered to your door, plus access to an episode of Pyjama Wine – a new interview series with winemakers about their products, while they’re lounging at home in smart-comfy attire (onesies accepted, as above).

Check out The Fruitful Pursuit’s website and Facebook and Instagram pages to see which winemakers are up this week. Previous editions have seen Charlotte Dalton, LS Merchants, Ravensworth and Bobar each sip in sleepwear.


 

SIGNATURE WINES

During these challenging times there is one way Signature Wines says it knows how to help you survive the impact of COVID-19: “WINE.”

“Life is too short to drink bad wine and now is the time to make sure your wine racks are stocked so you can be prepared for anything,” the company says in their email to us.

Signature Wines are offering 30% off + free delivery for all online orders. Just enter the code WINETIME at the checkout.

“We are thinking of everyone as we navigate through these uncertain times. For now, we are business as usual, but this is an evolving and complex time. Please stay safe, level headed and wash your hands.”


 

SON OF DOT

Small-scale small-batch wine distributors and occasional party throwers Son of Dot are now doing delivery!

“During these uncertain and semi-apocalyptic times, what better way to spend isolation then with Commune of Buttons, Scintilla Wines, Wines by Travis Tausend, Frankly This Wine Was Made by Bob, and Limus Wine,” the Dot team say via Facebook – and we couldn’t agree more.

Simply text Son of Dot’s Jon Zagler on 0451 322 533 to place an order, and a SoD representative will deliver your booze straight to your door. They’re not even charging for delivery – bloody lovely!

Connect with Son of Dot on Facebook and Instagram for updates.


 

Growler to go!

SPARKKE AT THE WHITMORE

You may have noticed that the fearless women at SPARKKE have pivoted their entire service to an online, take away and home delivery business model that includes everything from Emma’s fabulous meals, to their fab little bottle shop.

Right now you can jump on board their website  to order home delivery of what the ladies are calling their, “tight, intelligent bottle shop collection; including our new take home Growler.” The Growler is a 1.9L refillable bottle of any beer they’ve got on tap.

You can dial in on 7123 8080 or pop by Whitmore Square to collect and take home with you. When you order from Sparkke directly, you’re keeping their beloved staff employed, and “we thank you in advance for your ongoing support,” says the team.


TURKEY FLAT

Turkey Flat have created a one-off wine club with “unprecedented value,” that is not likely to be repeated. Basically you sign up for an every-other-month delivery of beautiful wine from one of the most celebrated wineries in South Australia and pay less for each delivery as you go along.

You can view the Turkey Flat 2020 Wine Club offer via this link and the only catch is you have to do it before April 28th. You’re going to save over $700 on booze here people.

As a further thank you to anyone who signs up to the wine club, one member will win an amazing package of back vintage Turkey Flat wines as below. Everyone who signs up to the Turkey Flat 2020 club by April 28th is eligible.


 

23rd STREET DISTILLERY

The Renmark distillery is doing home delivered gin cocktail kits.

The exclusive Twenty Third Street Distillery cocktail kits are available to purchase at the Renmark-based distillery or Twenty Third On Melbourne in North Adelaide. For those stuck in isolation, FREE delivery is also on offer for the entire Riverland region, Adelaide metro region and surrounding suburbs for a limited time only. Customers can place their orders and make payment over the phone or via e-mail.

Jessica (jessica.zimmermann@23rdstreetdistillery.com.au ) 08 8239 2323 (Renmark)

Samantha (samanda.smith@23rdstreetdistillery.com.au) 0405919501 (Adelaide Metro and Surrounds)


 

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