Honest Grapes News

  1. In Bond: Everything you need to know about buying In Bond

    What does "In Bond" mean? When the vintage is bottled and delivered in the UK, the cases are held initially in a bonded warehouse. Wines in bond (IB) have not yet had the Duty and VAT paid on them. They must be stored in a bonded warehouse approved by HM Customs & Excise. Most of our Fine Wines are available for purchase under bond as they often need to be laid down to allow them to mature. Many clients choose therefore to store them in our bonded warehouse under a personal account and pay the tax as and when they wish to get the wines delivered. Continue reading →

  2. Premier Crew Wine Club

    Last night we enjoyed a Club Evening with our Premier Crew Wine Club members. One of the benefits of being part of the club is getting to attend the regular tasting events we hold throughout the year. Continue reading →

  3. 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 →

  4. Burgundy 2017: The Vivacity Vintage

    2017 is a vintage of elegant, perfumed wines with fresh, vivacious, pretty fruit. This is a perfect vintage for new collectors and value-hunters (or what passes for value in Burgundy), with wines overperforming at village and lieu dit level. We’ll be adding 2017 to our collections for its quality and approachability whilst we wait for the blockbuster 2015 and 2016 vintages to evolve. Continue reading →

  5. En Primeur: Everything you need to know about buying En Primeur

    En Primeur is a system that both merchants and vineyards rely on as a sort of futures market for wines that need time in the cellar. It refers to the process of buying wines before they are bottled and released onto the market. Continue reading →

  6. The Investment has paid off - Pontet-Labrie Update 2018

    Pontet Labrie has been a fascinating journey. From our initial discussions with Jonathan around bringing to market exclusively his last single vineyard site on the plateau of Saint Emilion; to forming a club around the wine in order to enhance the traditional allocation model around such a boutique Bordeaux (remember only 300 cases max per annum!); to the wonderful reception of its maiden vintage and the continuing momentum and growth of the club.  Continue reading →

  7. 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 →

  8. Worth the wait: Our top 3 slow-cooker recipes

    Surely there's nothing better than coming home to a bubbling pot of delicious goodness ready to eat. The slow-cooker has been making a come-back over the last few years and we're all for it. With the nights getting danker and darker there really is nothing better than a hearty meal and a good glass of wine. Here are three of our favourite recipes. Continue reading →

  9. Autumn wines: it's time to get cosy

    It's all starting to feel a bit autumnal isn't it? Time to put the heating on, find your dusty slippers that have been hiding under the sofa all summer, and get cosy with some warming reds. Here are three wines that will be in our wine rack this autumn... Continue reading →

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