Wine Advice

  1. Top Bordeaux Picks

    Bordeaux en primeur is a strange game for the trade - so much time is devoted to it yet merchants struggle to make 10% on the in bond price which with currency swings and cost of transport often means selling claret as futures is an act of charity.  But however much we grumble, everyone enjoys great Bordeaux and most will set aside funds for a good vintage (despite the percentage dropping, it still makes up 80% of most investment portfolios), and we'd rather you spent it with us than elsewhere. Continue reading

  2. Bordeaux 2015: our selection and reviews

    2009 was the last Bordeaux en primeur campaign I really got behind, but subsequent pricing and/or vintage quality has meant it's been difficult to be as enthusiastic about all but a handful of more recent releases.  Further below is our "Bordeaux Select" chateau list - which we will update with prices as soon as they are released.                                                                                  Continue reading

  3. Bordeaux 2015

    James Suckling says it all: ‘The 2015 vintage is an extremely exciting year for Bordeaux producing wines with exuberant fruit character and plenty of tannin backbone to give the wines form and tension. They have a unique ripe fruit character yet remain cool and fresh. Merlot-based wines are amazing quality’. Continue reading

  4. Discover Our New Wine Finder

    As part of our on-going developments to the website, we have created a New Wine Finder element to help you plan what to drink with any food. Continue reading

  5. Wine as an investment...in your drinking pleasure!

    Why you should have a wine cellar   Why should you build a cellar? Whether you've got space for several hundred bottles or just a few cases, building a cellar is a great way to discover more about wine as you watch your collection grow. Continue reading

  6. Introducing Pontet Labrie

    A new wine, a new opportunity "the debut… ticked all the right boxes" "2015 was the perfect way to introduce Le Pontet - this is splendid." The Wine Advocate Jonathan Maltus, one of Bordeaux’ most pioneering and successful 100-point wine producers, started in St Emilion in 1994 with a small vineyard - Château Teyssier, which he has added to over the years, so that he now has 50 hectares under vines. Continue reading

  7. TGIF(D): Thank God It's Fruit Day

    Nowadays it seems like there is a day for everything; Christmas, New Year, for lovers, for mothers (15th March, don't forget!). Just when you thought you've had enough of these days, Fruit Day comes along. But you'll like this "Day", we promise - it's an excuse to drink a very nice bottle of wine. Continue reading

  8. The Honest Grapes Christmas Gift Guide

    Christmas Time ~ Mistletoe & Wine (Yes, it’s entirely focused on wine) Not sure what to give the in-laws this Christmas? Want something different to serve with your turkey? Stuck for ideas for the perfect gift for your partner or need something to impress your boss? We've got you covered... Continue reading

  9. The Wine’s Bond, In Bond…

    The next James Bond movie has been delayed until 2018, so in the meantime we turn our thoughts to another, no less exciting Bond opportunity… Continue reading

  10. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness - Tom talks Autumn

    As the seasons change and coats are pulled from the back of closets, we asked our head wine guru Tom Harrow about what winemakers are looking for during the Autumnal months, and what we can expect from the 2015 harvest, wine-wise. Continue reading

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