Is it wine o’clock yet?!
Busy mamas (and papas) know that getting out and about becomes a little different after starting a family. Sure we’ve often got childcare, but the temptation to stay out late for a drink is often trumped by wanting to make sure you’re home in time to read the kids a bedtime story. That’s not to say we don’t like a tipple or two, just that now it’s often a quality glass of wine (or three) with dinner or while binge-watching the latest Netflix series, once the kids are tucked up in bed. No one wants to be lugging heavy bottles around, so delivery is your best bet. Thankfully, there are plenty of online liquor stores and specialised wine delivery services in Hong Kong, so we’ve pulled together this list of some of our favourites.
Isn’t it a pain when you’ve got the kids to bed only to discover you’ve run out of wine? Don’t worry! With WinestHK, you won’t face wine emergencies. It offers free delivery anywhere in Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories within 1 to 2 hours (during delivery times) for no minimum purchase (delivery times are from 3pm until midnight, but extends on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays). When we say anywhere, we mean just that – including a park, beach, office or campsite! What’s more, your wine will be served chilled, so you don’t need to wait while it cools.
With a selection of wines from all over the world, you could choose your wine by country, region type, food pairing or grape. Need the perfect present for a milestone birthday? WinestHK will deliver your gift within two hours (or schedule a midnight delivery to make it extra special!). Keep an eye out for special packages and combo offers, too. Busy parents will love that it’s always wine o’clock in the city!
Use code SASSY to get a free bottle of Sassy Cider with any purchase above $500.
Love Australian wine? Look at what Wine Brothers has to offer. We’re sure that its unique selection of premium small-batch Australian wines, craft beers, ciders and other spirits, with next-day dispatch and delivery, will be right up your street. The team is proud of its eclectic collection of wines and claims that each one has been made by “distinctly Aussie personalities, in stunning Australian places with heaps of Aussie passion”.
If you like surprises, you could try the occasional Black Market specials or choose a Wine Club subscription service and let Wine Brothers do the work of choosing the right wines for you. Also, keep an eye out for the sweet monthly deals! This April, there’s a lucky dip offer and one customer (in every 20) will get a free bottle of the Ox Hardy ‘Ancestor 1891’ Shiraz.
Use the code SASSYMAMAS15 to get 15% off your next purchase. Valid for one-time use on all items, except gift vouchers or Wine Wallet coupons (to be used by Friday, 31 December 2021).
Delivery: Free for orders over $750 (otherwise delivery fees of $120).
Wine Please! believes that a good bottle of wine is the answer to everything. After all, wine shouldn’t be intimidating or only reserved for connoisseurs. It’s meant to be shared and enjoyed, on any occasion (and even if there is none!). In fact, the motto at Wine Please! is “We aren’t trying to change the world. We like the way the world is – but with more good wine please!”
Powered by Kedington Wines (which has over 30 years of experience in importing quality wines), Wine Please! is an online wine delivery service that’s trying to bring unique and exciting wines to the city. With a diverse selection of labels sourced directly from the producers, some of whom are internationally-acclaimed family wineries, it stocks everything from crowd-pleasing Suavignon Blanc to delicious Shiraz and top-notch Champagne.
Use the discount code 10%SASSYMAMA for 10% off your next purchase.
Delivery: Free for orders over $1,000 ($150 delivery for orders under $1,000, plus a surcharge for Discovery Bay).
Don’t you love that special touch a sommelier can bring to the table? Bring that home with a wine box from TOASST. Its wine experts source and curate wines from around the world and deliver that sommelier experience right to your doorstep. Many of its wines are featured on the list of Hong Kong’s top restaurants and hotels so you know you’re onto a good thing. Whether you’d like to discover new wines before your friends, be in the know about leading independent producers or want to get a taste of up-and-coming regions and lesser-known varietals, you can sign up and gain exclusive access to their wine concierge and restaurant-quality selections through their subscription service. Set up a no-commitment subscription to deliver monthly or quarterly, order a single TOASST box with seasonal selections (like the Junk-ready Endless Summer box) put in a custom order or buy a gift subscription for your fellow wine lovers.
Use code SASSYMAMA150 to receive $150 off your first TOASST box when you sign up for a monthly or quarterly subscription. Valid until Wednesday, 30 June 2021. Limit of one discount per customer and only applies to new customers.
Africa To Asia
Have you discovered South African wines? Whether you prefer reds over rosés, still, sparkling or fortifieds, Africa To Asia brings you a fantastic and versatile range of quality and affordable wines. It even stocks Kosher and alcohol-free options, as well as South African spices, groceries and Laager tea (rooibos anyone?!). Get in touch with the friendly team and have them arrange a gift hamper for any occasion. The range includes outstanding producers like the carbon-neutral Backsberg Estate Cellars along with award-winning varieties from Ernie Els Wines and Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. It’s easy to order online and there’s free delivery with all purchases over $600. They’ll even throw in a free bottle of Backsberg Sauvignon Blanc when you purchase any six bottles and over (excluding sparkling and spirits).
Omtis Fine Wines
Family-owned merchant Omtis has a 100-year history bringing everything from watches to jewellery and now, an extensive selection of fine wines and top value everyday wines, to Asia. Choosing the right wine online can be a daunting experience. With its all-new online platform, Omtis Fine Wines helps you source the perfect drop for your next occasion. As well as simply searching by origin, varietal and vintage (and price!), you can also filter your results by critics’ ratings, producers, flavour characteristics, and even food pairings. It will even recommend whether you should drink up now or if it is worth cellaring. Running out of wine storage space? No problem. Through its website you are able to opt for storing part or all of your purchase at Omtis’ certified cellar. There’s also free delivery on purchases over $1,800 (Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories, extra fee to Lantau and Ma Wan with Outlying Island delivery on request).
Use promo code “SASSYMAMA10” to receive 10% off all regular-priced wines, plus a free bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Reserve Exclusive NV Champagne (worth $390, while stocks last) and free wine storage for a month on your first purchase over $1,800. Offer is valid until 30, April 2022
Omtis Fine Wines, Suite M1, 10/F Kaiser Estate Phase 3, 11 Hok Yuen Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2333 0241, [email protected], Instagram: @omtisfinewines, Facebook: omtisfinewines, www.omtisfinewines.com,
Corney & Barrow
When it comes to fine wine, you naturally feel you can trust a business that’s been around for over 240 years! What’s more, Corney & Barrow also holds two Royal Warrants, as suppliers to HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales. This privately-owned company prides itself on its relationships and has many exclusive deals with producers from all over the world. Its range includes the most premium wines along with everyday ones.
Delivery: Free for orders over $1,500 (otherwise delivery fees of $200).
The Flying Winemaker
Led by founder, winemaker and “That Papa” Eddie McDougall, The Flying Winemaker has a longstanding commitment to making its own award-winning wines, along with running a comprehensive online store. You can shop a variety of red, white, rosé and sparkling wines from around the globe, along with a selection of Eddie McDougall’s own wines (we’re big fans of The Little Pig rosé as well as the Prosecco).
Delivery: Free for orders over $1,000 with delivery (otherwise delivery fees start at $70). Self-pickup from the office in Sheung Wan is also available.
Wine ‘N’ Things
If you like your wines from the new world, or more specifically New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the USA and Chile, then Wine ‘N’ Things is worth checking out. It made a name for itself as the largest importer of New Zealand wines in Hong Kong and though Kiwi tipples are its speciality, it now also offers Camus Cognac and Codorniu cava from Spain.
Delivery: Free over $1,000 (otherwise delivery fees of $120; additional charges for outlying islands). Deliveries follow a fixed schedule so allow two working days.
There is always an occasion for wine, whether it’s an anniversary or a work celebration or a weekend family picnic. Choosing a wine can be overwhelming and so Wine Moments categorises its wines by life’s moments — birthday parties, game nights, brunches and date nights!
Delivery: Free delivery across Hong Kong with no minimum purchase, allow 1 to 3 days for delivery (same-day delivery fees of $50 to $100).
Penticton provides a carefully curated selection of French wines hand-chosen by the team led by Le Cordon Bleu-trained sommelier Olivia Lee. You’ll find artisanal labels that go beyond the big brands (we love that there’s a special section for uncommon blends!). It believes there is a story in every bottle and aims to share a little bit of that with you. You can also chat with the team to get personal recommendations.
Delivery: Free delivery for orders over $1,000 (otherwise delivery fees of $100), allow three days for delivery (same-day delivery available for Tsuen Wan). Store pickup also available.
Discover Wines Asia
This online Hong Kong wine delivery service specialises in bringing you bottles from boutique, family-owned wineries from the most well-known wine regions in the world (some of the Sassy Mamas in the office love Fresita, the sparkling strawberry summer wine). Apart from importing wine, Discover Wines Asia also works with wineries looking to develop their export business.
Delivery: Free for orders over $1,000 (otherwise delivery fees of $100). Self-pickup from the office is also available.
Jebsen Fine Wines
Sometimes you want a name that you can instantly recognise. Jebsen Fine Wines stocks those iconic wine brands renowned the world over for quality. Amongst the names you’ll recognise are Champagne Bollinger, Marchesi de Frescobaldi and Rosemount Estate along with Penfolds, Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Taylor’s.
Sassy Mama tip: Get special discounts and rates when you sign up for membership and take advantage of the seasonal offers (currently, there is an Easter special offer on a minimum spend of $500 with $120 off and free delivery).
Delivery: Free delivery for orders over $1,000 (otherwise delivery fees of $80). Order before 5:30pm for next day delivery.
Watson’s Wine offers a large selection of fine wine, spirits and accessories. It has vintage bottles sourced from over 20 countries and proudly lists over 2,000 different wines. You could visit its numerous stores dotted all over the city and participate in events and tastings or shop online for your tried and tested favourites.
Delivery: Free delivery for orders above $1,600 (otherwise delivery fees of $100), next business day delivery for orders placed before 5pm.
Disgruntled by the inflated wine prices in the 852, the founders of Wine Rack started it in 2007 with the aim of being an affordable wine store. Now with four locations in the city and plenty of excellent deals, Wine Rack has grown to become another favourite with Sassy Mamas and Papas in Hong Kong.
Delivery: Free on purchase of six bottles of wine or more (otherwise delivery fees of $120), same-day delivery for orders placed before 9am across most parts of Hong Kong, or next-day delivery
HK Liquor Store
Naturally, if you are shopping for wine, you could also look at stores that stock more than only wine. The HK Liquor Store has shops all across the city and a great selection of wines, liqueurs and all types of alcoholic and non-alcoholic spirits.
Delivery: Free delivery for orders over $800 (otherwise delivery fees of $100). Allow 3 to 4 working days.
Cuvées is a boutique and artisan wines and other spirits distributor, stocking wine, sake, whiskey and more. It has its own state-of-the-art storage facility and delivery team. Cuvées also offers organic and vegan wines for those who prefer those options. We love how the collections have been categorised on the website (“pre-90s old tipples”, “feeling adventurous?” etc.).
Delivery: Free delivery for orders above $1,000 (otherwise delivery fees start at $80), allow two days for delivery.
The Fine Wine Experience
As the name suggests, The Fine Wine Experience is the place to go for that very, very special bottle of wine or for when you are searching for a particular vintage (there are several bottles listed that are over 100 years old!). While it does stock many quality wines under $500 a bottle, you’ll find many more at the higher price points ($1,000 plus). For those wanting to learn more about fine wines be sure to take a look at its wine events.
Delivery: Free delivery for orders over $5,000 (otherwise $180 for up to four cases and $40 for each additional case), pick up from store also available. Delivery or pick-up requires 1 to 2 days.
The Fine Wine Experience: Flagship Store, Shop A, 165-166 Connaught Road West (entrance on Chiu Kwong Street), Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2803 0753
Two More Glasses
Two More Glasses stocks a huge range of bottles from big-name vineyards to boutique wineries. It also exclusively represent family-owned labels such as Marquis de Vargas, Allouchery Perversal and more. Other than wine, this online liquor store offers a variety of alcohol to suit all tastes and occasions.
Delivery: Free delivery for orders over $1,200 (otherwise delivery fees of $100). Allow 2 to 5 working days.
If you love your French wines from Burgundy and the Rhone Valley then you are in luck! The owners know the characteristic of each of the bottles and so can expertly guide you through your selection (with no wine snobbery here!). Place your online orders through Instagram Direct.
Delivery: Free delivery to Sai Ying Pun from 2pm to 8pm every day (for other areas, contact the staff).
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in March 2020 and updated in April 2021.