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  • A Sparkling Comparison: Champagne VS English Sparkling Wine

    With some uncertainty around sterling following Brexit, recent duty rises and increased temperatures creating a better climate for growing wine in the UK, the production and demand for English wines are having a flourishing moment.

    Wonderful producers such as Nyetimber, Exton Park or Herbert Hall are making delicious, award-wining sparkling wines which have been a huge success among our customers at events like London Wine Week, the Honest Grapes Wine Festival and most recently, at the Great British Beer Festival. Dry, crisp, refreshing and with a unique character representative of each terroir, English sparkling wines are the summer’s blockbusters.

    All this hype did raise the question: how similar are Champagne and English sparkling wine?

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  • Club Pontet-Labrie Update for members on 2015, 2016 and 2017 Vintages

    With the 2017 harvest nearly upon us, I was keen to see how all three initial vintages of Pontet-Labrie were coming along. So, on a hot and rather sultry 2nd & 3rd August I visited the vineyard and winery in Saint-Emilion. No flimflam here, I wanted to understand the winemaking and see the wines perform.

    In summary, the 2015 and 2016 Pontet-Labrie are remarkable, top-notch wines, showing Saint-Emilion plushness and power, but with very different vintage characteristics reminiscent of 2009 and 2010 respectively. I’m confident that the winemakers are striving to produce Pontet-Labrie as ‘the Merlot equivalent of Le Dôme’. The 2017 is still in the vineyard of course, but the auspices are favourable and the spring frost has had little effect on our crop. Continue reading

  • Hickinbotham - Craft and Heritage in a Glass

    Our series of blogs from Nathan's wine adventures in Australia continues. This week, we bring you one of the country's most admired wineries, Hickinbotham, in the Clarendon area of Mclaren Vale. During his visit, Nathan was fascinated to learn about the rich history of the estate, and meet the winemakers that revived the winery, making it the highly acclaimed success that it is today.

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  • A New Wave from Australia

    A new generation of Australian wines has arrived to our list and we couldn't be more excited about it. On his recent travels to the Antipodes, our Co-founder Nathan Hill visited tens of wineries and was blown away with the trailblazing winemaking techniques and the complex taste notes and characterful wines they produce.

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  • Red, White, and Wine: our picks for the 4th of July

    Our resident American here at Honest Grapes, Claire has been preparing for the 4th of July for a while now.  Her fellow ex-pats have surely all been looking forward to the massive BBQs and fireworks, while those of you who simply want to enjoy the sunshine will have some meats ready to go on the grill anytime now.

    A big fan of BBQs and American celebrations, Claire made a video for us last week with her top wine recommendations to go with the food and the festivities.
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  • Clemens Busch, the ultimate expression of Riesling

    The charming and self-effacing couple of Clemens and his wife Rita have gained a cult following over the past three decades for their laser-sharp, richly textured and terroir defined wines.  Clemens pioneered organic farming in the early 1980’s, and have converted to biodynamic production since 2005. They are members of the elite VDP top producers of Germany. Continue reading

  • Ice Cubes in Wine? Surely a big no, no right?

    Maybe, maybe not. Whilst I wouldn't recommend diluting your Grand Cru Montrachet with a few cubes there are other circumstances where it shouldn't be such an issue.

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  • 3 Months Free In Bond Storage in Partnership with Nexus

    We are delighted to be in partnership with Nexus, the finest wine management service. Even better we are offering you, 3 months free storage (this is not available anywhere else).

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  • Update on Bordeaux 2016

    With Bordeaux 2016 in full swing and with it being such a suspenseful campaign so far due to the unforeseen weather changes, it's a good time to update our readers on this exciting vintage.

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  • An adventure in Lebanese wine: Part One - Tom Harrow for FT How to Spend It

    Our Wine Director Tom Harrow aka WineChap had a few unforgettable days exploring Lebanon's food and wine scene (and considerable volumes of Arak), including visits to Massaya, one of the world's highest wineries, and Chateau Musar. Continue reading

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