November 2016

  1. Wine Wisdom - Give something different this Christmas

    With the festive season now in full flow, it's time to start thinking about gifts, and why not give something a bit different to that special someone. We have a vast selection of fantastic gift ideas from single bottles, mixed cases, subscriptions and the innovative at home tasting experience the Taste Lab Kit! Continue reading

  2. Discover Lombardy - Polpettine di Zucchini

    Earlier this month, we organised a sumptuous afternoon with food and sparkling wine of Lombardy, in partnership with Consorzio Franciacorta. We were thrilled to have Christine Smallwood there, author of An Appetite for Lombardy, to introduce the participants to the gastronomy of the Northern Italian region. The guests fell in love with the food and photos of the dishes took social media by storm. Inspired by the amazing response, Christine shared two simple yet sophisticated recipes from her book that are quick and easy to make at home. Continue reading

  3. Wine Wisdom - Thanksgiving Special

    With Thanksgiving being this Thursday, let our own resident American Claire, take you through her picks for Thanksgiving dinner. These wines are also perfect for Christmas dinner! Continue reading

  4. The History of Heavy Metal in 9 Wines / Part 3

    The third & final part of Tom's History of Heavy Metal in 9 Wines... If you missed the previous blogs from the series, read Part 1 here & Part 2 here. Continue reading

  5. Wine list from our Christmas Portfolio Tasting

     Winter Warmers: Pernot Belicard Bourgogne Blanc, 2012 Jamsheed Wines Beechworth Rousanne, 2014 Varner Foxglove Zinfandel, 2013 (please email: Christian@honestgrapes.co.uk if you wish to purchase this wine) Art & Science Stella Maris Syrah, 2013 Jamsheed Wines Garden Gully Syrah, 2013 Continue reading

  6. Wine Wisdom - Redwhitefizz Party Cases!

    The Party season is upon us, so we've decided to unveil two great seasonal cases, which promise to add a sense of occasion to anything you have planned over the next 7 weeks. Claire will be talking you through both the sparkling's from each case, also what's the difference between Champagne & Prosecco? Find out in this week's vintellect tip. Continue reading

  7. The History of Heavy Metal in 9 Wines, Part 2

    Tom's wine journey through the history of Heavy Metal continues,  with big headliners both in terms of artists and wines. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970) There is nothing complex about this. It must be a single variety (from Birmingham). Uniquely Tony Iommi, the guitarist, had to loosen his guitar strings due to an accident in metal factory, creating the classic Black Sabbath 'off tone' sounds (dark and moody) while the lyrics play to the suicidal adolescent post-love male. No compromises. Continue reading

  8. Wine Wisdom - New World Winter Warmers

    As the days get colder and shorter, it's defiantly time for a winter warmer. We haven't picked your conventional big red from France/Italy but we've gone for two wines from exciting New World producers in Australia. We are also delighted to announce that Jana Hoyt, from Weingut am Stein will be co-hosting along with Nathan for our German Christmas Market, see more details below. Continue reading

  9. Wine Wisdom - New Supertuscan

    Tom this week will be introducing you to a great value exciting Supertuscan that has recently been added to our list. Learn more about our new Gift Subscriptions of Pick of the Punch and Premier Crew memberships, perfect as we come into the festive season. Continue reading

  10. The History of Heavy Metal in 9 Wines - Part 1

    I've hosted tastings pairing wine to art, sculpture, cars, clothes, lamps, horse pictures, Marvel characters, Bond movies, rugby players and sex aids but coming up with suitable line-up for 'The History of Heavy Metal in 9 Wines', an idea spawned drunkenly in Bordeaux in May, was quite a challenge. I deliberately steered clear of the obvious choices - i.e. Motorhead's Shiraz or AC/DC's 'Thrunderstruck' Chardonnay, from the same site that event offered Slayer 'Reign in Blood' Cabernet! Continue reading

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