February 2015

  1. All About Rioja

    @vinologue @gilescooke totally agree. Too much cheap Rioja in hairnets on the market. — Tim Atkin (@Timatkin) February 24, 2015 Part two of this week’s Spanish offer takes us to Rioja (see Part 1, our Priorat offer here), a region which in many respects is a victim of its own success.  Considered as reliably top end of basic – “the running-late-to-dinner, grab-from-corner-shop-for-£7 sort of wine” – Rioja often struggles to rise higher in the consciousness of the drinking public.  This is of course a shame as there is unrivalled value at the Reserva level and above from the region as well as some smaller, more artisan producers who make fabulously characterful Crianza, increasingly and unusually solely from their own vineyards. Continue reading

  2. Get to Know Great Wine: Win a Personal Wine Advisor & £75 to Spend on Wine

    Get to know great wine with the Honest Grapes Premier Crew competition, and win three months free membership of the Honest Grapes Premier Crew wine club. Continue reading

  3. Priorat’s Finest, Points Abounding…

    From our wine director, Tom Harrow: The other week at a tasting Nathan and I met winemaker Ester Nin, one of the stars of Priorat – responsible not only for I Terrasses Clos Erasmus (a back to back 100-point scorer in 04 and 05!) but also, with husband Carlos, their fabulous and amazing value Nit de Nin wines nearby. It’s hard to think of more fashionable and sought after fine wines than Priorat currently – and alongside Rene Berbier (Clos Mogador) and Alvaro Palacios (Ermita), Daphne Glorian (proprietor of I Terrasses) is at the cutting edge of Spain’s wine revolution. Continue reading

  4. Chinese New Year Greatest Of All Time Wine Pairings: Buddha's Delight

    This is the third and last of our Chinese New Year pairings primarily because the number four is seen to be extremely unlucky in China. That aside, we have saved the best until last. Continue reading

  5. Chinese New Year Greatest Of All Time Wine Pairings: Steamed Sea Bass

    What a coincidence that the Honest Grapes HQ is minutes away from Chinatown. What an even greater coincidence that Chinese New Year is strategically positioned a few weeks after Dry January. Perfect timing for wine? We think so too. Continue reading

  6. Chinese New Year Greatest Of All Time Wine Pairings: Sweet & Sour Chicken

    Aaaah. Sweet & Sour chicken. The stuff our local Chinese takeaway is made of. Crisp and sweet on the outside, cushiony and juicy on the inside, it's no surprise that it is one of the most common Chinese takeaway dishes. It's sure to go down well this Chinese New Year whether you create a masterpiece of a dish in your own home or speed dial your local down the road. Continue reading

  7. Who are we, and what have we done with WineChap?

    Don’t panic, WineChap (aka Tom Harrow) is still doing what he’s always done; tweeting, writing and drinking wine, and boldly wearing red velvet where no one has worn red velvet before – just with a different brand (and broader wine selection) attached. Continue reading

  8. EnoClub @ Polpo - Rebooted for 2015

    We’re thrilled to announce Series 4 of EnoClub, the 2015 reboot of Polpo’s incredibly popular Italian wine tasting evenings, hosted by Honest Grapes wine consultant James Wills. Each evening will focus on the wines of a different Italian region, accompanied by a selection of Polpo's famous cicchetti. Continue reading

  9. Post-January Re-winelutions: Red Cabbage Salad Pairings

    This is it. The first month of the year has come to an end (already). It’s a bittersweet feeling here; we’re eleven months closer to Christmas (yes yes, bottom of the barrel, we know) but we’re filled with dread from the realisation that we haven’t even ticked one thing off our NY resolutions list. Continue reading

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