1. Maturing Penfolds 95-point magnums – RWT: The Connoisseur’s Grange?

    From our wine director, Tom Harrow: I hosted an illuminating tasting of Penfolds top BINs earlier this month in the magnificent Penfolds Room at David Linley in Belgravia, which you enter through a cupboard in a Narnia-like fashion, including a selection of rare older vintages. I have always felt that it’s wines like BIN 389 (Poor Man’s Grange), St Henri Shiraz and especially the RWT (the non-nonsense Aussie abbreviation of Red Winemaking Trial) that represent great value for fine wines but are not well known in Europe and are rarely enjoyed with sufficient age to define and differentiate their complexities. Continue reading

  2. 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

  3. News Review - the first few months

    Honest Grapes wishes you a Very Happy New Year. Below is a snapshot of titles and articles since our launch in September. Some featuring the company, others written by our wine director Tom Harrow. See you in 2015, and we look forward to helping you break some resolutions when it comes to abstaining from your favourite tipple. Continue reading

  4. Wine Experiences of 2014 - part 1

    Our Wine Director Tom Harrow looks back at the year that has passed... An Indian Summer rescued what was threatening to be a disastrous Bordeaux and Burgundy vintage, England’s vineyards enjoyed their second sound harvest in a row, and Q4 showed the first up-swing in the fine wine market for three years.  More importantly 2014 saw the team at WineChap form the nexus of newly launched wine marketplace Honest Grapes and I drank some bloody good bottles around the world.  I’ve listed my Top 20 wine experiences of the year, which is a sneaky way of slipping more wines in as there were a few that came in pairs and even one quartet where it would be rude to single out individuals… Continue reading

  5. Bordeaux games - part one

    Tom Harrow reports from Bordeaux for FT How To Spend It Visitors who spend time in London soon complain like locals about the crowds, traffic, weather, tourists, Central Line, prices etc… But it only takes a few days outside the capital before they start missing ATMs, sun-dried tomatoes, the presence of elegant footwear and being able to get a cab after 1am. Bordeaux inspires the reverse effect. Continue reading

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