Honest Grapes News

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Pontet-Labrie Club Update

    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

  4. Tom and Nathan’s take on Bordeaux 2017: part 1

    Take home – it’s time to send us your pre-allocation list, as this year’s releases will be unpredictable. We offer Tom’s selected shortlist of around 40 wines – please let us know if you’d like us to secure cases of anything else that takes your fancy. Continue reading

  5. 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

  6. Burgundy 2016 - what will go into Tom Harrow's cellar?

    A number of Honest Grapes clients and club members have asked for my recommendations for Burgundy 2017 and I can give no more honest answer than by responding with what I’m considering getting for myself.  Continue reading

  7. An Update on 2015 and 2016 En Primeur Campaigns

    Every year sees a flurry of future/ En Primeur releases and sometimes it can be hard to keep track of when each one is physically released for delivery (to find out more about buying wines En Primeur please see our blog post with FAQs here). Each region traditionally has its own time of year and then within that region there are always a few producers who like to go at their own pace and release when they feel is the best time for their own wines. Continue reading

  8. An introduction to buying wines En Primeur

    What do we mean when we talk about selling wine 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. En Primeur (EP) refers to the process of buying wines before they are bottled and released onto the market. Continue reading

  9. Pol Couronne - our Award Winning house Champagne

    We're thrilled that our house Champagne, Pol Couronne, has been selected as one of the IndyBest '20 best Champagnes'. Continue reading

  10. Honest Grapes Christmas Market

    The Soho Collective played host to our Christmas Market on Thursday where we showed off a selection of our top choices for seasonal drinking and alongside regular and new clients. Continue reading

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