Grand Crew Classé
How it Works
Your Personal Wine Advisor
What should you buy a client or friend as a smart wine gift? What to drink from the cellar tonight? What would be a fun theme for a corporate wine event? What nearby vineyards should you visit on holiday? What should you order in a restaurant? Call Tom for all the answers. We can also help with restaurant bookings for you and have your chosen wine decanted in advance of your arrival.
Wine Sourcing & Purchasing
Entrust us with your important purchasing decisions. From everyday drinking to building a fine wine portfolio, WineChap Grand Crew Classé members can leverage our unrivalled access to many of the world’s greatest and rarest wines, confident in their impeccable provenance. Whether for investment or purely for pleasure, or a combination of the two, in addition to advance access to our regular fine wine offers, we can also assist with purchases of wines you have discovered in restaurants & on your travels abroad. Wines may be supplied in bond or duty paid, and sent to cellars around the world or stored on your behalf.
Experiences & Events
Attend high profile and unique wine events - exclusive to our WineChap Grand Crew Classé members and affiliates. These include rare tastings with top producers and well known collectors, exclusive dinners and specialist events with selected luxury brand partners.
Travel, Tastings & Tours
Allow us to create specialist hosted trips. This could include private tutored themed tastings or dinners at the world's top wineries, weekends in Piedmont hunting truffles & tasting Barolo, helicopter tours of Bordeaux with private Château accommodation, exclusive wine cruises around the Italian Riviera and Livorno Coast, or Wine Flights and Game Drives in Kruger's Sabi Sabi private game reserve. Our industry knowledge & global connections guarantee a memorable and unique experience.
Co-founder of Honest Grapes and wine consultant for Principal Hotels, Tom is a columnist for FT’s How To Spend It and Yacht Investor as well as a contributor to Harrods Magazine, CENTURION and Noble Rot. One of the UK’s most influential fine wine “fixers”, he is listed in The SPEAR's 500 (top advisors to HNW community) and is well known as a commentator, consultant and event & vineyard tour host, being profiled on Channel 4 and in the Sunday Times and HTSI - where his tours were described as “like Sideways on Steroids. Formerly a World’s 50 Best restaurant judge and featured in The Evening Standard’s Most Influential Londoners, he is an ambassador for brands including Dom Perignon, Armand de Brignac, Dalmore Whisky and the wines of Franciacorta as well as the Private (Latour) Club at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square.
After studying oenology through the Bordeaux Wine Institute along with the WSET and an MBA in Luxury Brand Management Food and Wine from INSEEC the French Grande Ecole – Claire started her own wine consultancy business in Paris organising and hosting wine tasting events across France, for a number of Embassies in Paris along with private and corporate events. She solidified her expertise and speciality in French wines working for a French negociant in Fine Wine trading internationally for a few years. Claire now uses all of her Fine Wine wisdom, tasting and hosting skills for Honest Grapes as the Grand Crew Classé manager.