Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


“Wine tastes better than flowers”

“Wine tastes better than flowers” say the founders of new online service Company ‘Send A Bottle’

An innovative and new New Zealand company has launched its website sendabottle.co.nz today and has set out to revolutionise gift giving. The brains behind Send A Bottle, Phil Whitham and Blake Lissington, believe that the New Zealand market is ready for a real alternative to sending flowers – and, they maintain, wine tastes better!

Send A Bottle aims to make it simple to send a quality bottle of wine to anyone in New Zealand. Their wine expertise means that all of the vintages available are all high quality, great tasting wines. They believe that any occasion calls for an excellent bottle of wine, for birthdays, Father’s Day, anniversaries, or just saying ‘thanks for having us over’. Send A Bottle also welcomes corporate inquiries and will work with companies to find the perfect wine to thank their clients and partners.

Send A Bottle also aim to help expat Kiwis with international orders to be delivered in New Zealand. As both Phil and Blake have spent time living overseas, they understand that many people would like to spend their money on the actual gift, not on the international postages costs.

Sendabottle.co.nz has selected some of the country’s finest wines from producers such as Central Otago’s Valli, Marlboroughs Herzog and Aucklands Puriri Hills. SendaBottle is the only site dedicated to sending single bottles of New Zealand wine. "It’s great to be able to offer a service that helps promotes some of our smaller wine producers" says Blake Lissington.

The two blokes are behind the company are Phil, based in Auckland, and Blake, based in Canterbury. Phil remembers when he first thought of the concept "The idea came to me when someone returned my lost wallet. I wanted to thank him but the thought sending him flowers felt a bit strange, so I looked online to send him a good quality bottle of wine but I couldn’t find anything".

Phil and Blake first discussed Send A Bottle whilst they were both living in Melbourne. Phil and his family were in Melbourne on a working OE, and Blake, a wine buff and sommelier, was working for Australia’s largest online wine retailer.

"I was fortunate enough to work with brilliant people in Melbourne who shared an absolute passion for wine. When I returned to New Zealand I stayed in the industry and gained a huge respect for our smaller producers". Blake also completed the New Zealand School of Food & Wine’s Professional Wine Knowledge (Sommelier) course in 2008 with Celia Hay.

Phil, an ex Taranaki boy, has enjoyed the experience of setting up a business online and of course the extensive tasting required. "Blake’s the expert and I can honestly say that every wine we have available is something special. It’s certainly not a selection you’d find discounted or in supermarkets that’s for sure."

Blake says "We’ve made it easy for people by having a smaller selection of wines that they can trust will be top quality." Every bottle sent will include a handwritten message from the purchaser and will be couriered anywhere in New Zealand in the Send A Bottle specially designed capsule. Phil and Blake hope that Send A Bottle will offer New Zealanders a simple way to send excellent bottles of wine to clients, friends and family.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Maritime: Navigation Safety Review Raises Big Issues For The Govt

Shipping Federation: "The reports makes it clear that the ratification of the Maritime Labour convention (MLC) is long overdue. Only when the MLC is ratified will Maritime NZ be able to inspect and enforce the labour conditions on international ships visiting our ports." More>>

ALSO:

100 Years After Einstein Prediction: Gravitational Waves Found

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. More>>

ALSO:

Farming: Alliance Plans To Start Docking Farmer Payments

Alliance Group, New Zealand's second-largest meat cooperative, plans to start withholding some stock payments to its farmers from next week to bolster its balance sheet and force suppliers to meet their share requirements. More>>

ALSO:

Gambling: SkyCity First Half Profit Rises 30%, Helped By High Rollers

SkyCity anticipates the Auckland business will benefit from government gaming concessions which were triggered on Nov. 11 in recognition of SkyCity’s $470 million Convention Centre development. Morrison said the concessions would allow the Auckland business to lift its activity during peak period, noting it had a record revenue week over the Christmas and New Year period. More>>

ALSO:

Money For Light: Kiwi Scientists Secure Preferential Access To Synchrotron

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced a three-year investment of $2.8 million in the Australian Synchrotron, the largest piece of scientific infrastructure in the Southern Hemisphere, to secure preferential access for Kiwi scientists. More>>

Telco Industry Report: Investment Hits $1.7 Bln A Year

Investment in the telecommunications sector is $1.7 billion a year, proportionately one of the highest levels in the OECD, according to a report released today on the status of the New Zealand sector. More>>

ALSO:

PGPs: New Programme Sets Sights On Strong Wool

A new collaboration between The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), announced today, aims to deliver premiums for New Zealand's strong wool sector... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news