I must be honest and say that I don’t buy much wine from Virgin. However, I have a legacy account which costs me £20 per month that I will probably never cancel and here is why.
Close your eyes and go and do your wine shopping at your favourite retailer (I like The Wine Society, Majestic, Naked Wines, BBR and a few others including independent shops both bricks and clicks). A few months later, simply remember that you have been paying some dosh to Virgin and go and look at your account.
I just did this and discovered that I had £300! This comprised £220 of my money plus £80 that Virgin had kindly added as part of their Wine Bank programme.
Next, click on the Champagne pages and you will find very reasonably priced branded champagne. The prices even compare favourably with the supermarkets and that is before you account for the implicit 25% discount from the Wine Bank “interest”.
I selected a 12 bottle mix of Mumm, Taittinger, Roederer and my personal favourite brand, Perrier-Jouet. They are arguably not going to set the world on fire but it makes quite a pleasant drink at about £18 per bottle and will impress your friends no end.
For friends you are not so keen on, maybe you should stock up with Freixenet.