Wine Advice

  1. Honest Grapes Gift Guide

    Struggling for gift ideas this year?  Make Christmas extra special as we have great gifts for all wine lovers! We have just created a brand spanking new gift guide, where we carefully chosen what we think would make perfect gifts for your friends, family, work colleagues and others. Continue reading

  2. Finding great producers: 4 winemakers that give a schist

    What makes wine great? A big question with a very simple answer. Producers that give a damn produce great wine. Winemaking is a craft and it’s our job to search out, visit and taste the wines to make sure we bring the very best of the bunch to you. Continue reading

  3. How green is your wine? Your ultimate guide to wine lingo

    The world of wine is constantly evolving with new lingo popping up all the time. If you care about what's in your glass (and if you're reading this, we think you do) you will have heard terms like organic and biodynamic flying around. It seems everybody is talking about it. But what do these terms really mean? Make sure you stay in the loop with our handy guide. Continue reading

  4. Lady of the Grapes - A wine bar dedicated to women winemakers

    This week Tom popped over to Covent Garden to visit new wine bar, Lady of the Grapes, a bar with a special emphasis on wines from women winemakers, all of which are organic. Continue reading

  5. How Green is Your Wine | 5 ways you can help the environment at home

    The way we see it - you want to enjoy your glass of wine knowing that it has been sourced responsibly, and it’s our job to make that happen. Continue reading

  6. Our Top 10 Tips... for getting the most out of a wine tasting event

    Despite what you might have heard, the wine crowd are a pretty friendly bunch so don’t be intimidated. Find out what events are going on near you, and get involved. Whether you are a wine guru, a wine student, or a complete novice, wine tastings are brilliant fun for all. Best of all you might learn a few juicy nuggets of knowledge to share at your next dinner party. Continue reading

  7. 5 Champagne Food Pairings you have to try

    We all know about classic food and Champagne pairings - oysters, caviar - but what about something a bit different? Here are 5 food and Champagne pairings that we're loving at the moment: Continue reading

  8. Tom talks all things wine on the tikichris podcast

    Earlier this month Tom was invited to talk on the tikichris podcast about all things wine. TikiChris, real name Chris Osburn, is a blogger, freelance journalist, photographer, consultant and curator. Continue reading

  9. Bordeaux En Primeur Week 5 in Review

    This week has been the busiest week of Bordeaux En Primeur releases seen so far this vintage. After a brief hiatus last week, without a peep from Bordeaux, this week we saw handfuls of wines released every day. We've passed on at least half of them as they have been insufficient value. Continue reading

  10. Tasting notes on Bordeaux 2017 – a “7 with a difference”

    The muted enthusiasm for this vintage is unmerited, says our Wine Director Tom "WineChap"  Harrow for FT How To Spend It. Frosts. Terrible frosts. Worst since 1991. This will be the most that many with a passing interest in wine have heard about Bordeaux’s 2017 vintage so far, and are thus approaching with muted enthusiasm. There has also been an uncharacteristic lack of bombast from the Bordelais preceding last week’s en primeur tastings, surely a further sign that the vintage is not one to get excited about? In reality, tasting the wines supports a different and much more positive conclusion. Continue reading

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