Wine Wisdom with Tom Harrow at Honest Grapes

Hear our wine guru Tom Harrow talking about three of our favourite wines from America, then back to Italy for our fine wine, this week's recipe of seared Tuna, learn about how Honest Grapes can help you with wine advice and finally this weeks vintellect.
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60 seconds of Wine Wisdom with Tom Harrow at Honest Grapes

Wine of Wisdom with Tom Harrow at Honest Grapes

Three of our favourite American wines: johan_vineyards_gruner_2013_s
Johan Vineyards Gruner Veltliner Estate, 2013
Something a little bit different but still very accessible - Johann's biodynamic Gruner is barrel fermented and matured for ten months on the lees in old oak barrels. This shows pepper and a touch of washed rind on the nose with plenty of ripe gooseberry and notes of tropical citrus, and good mid-palate intensity and creaminess for a wine that carries less than 12% alcohol.

Brownstone Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013brownstone_cab_sauv_2013_s

This is owned by the Scotto family, emigrants from Italy to California, based in Lodi where most of the fruit for Cabernet is sourced. Generous cassis fruit and some warming clove spice but rich tannis and juicy acidity to keep the flavours in bounds. This is an easy to please wine whilst not overly sophisticated, offers an awful lot more for the price without going over the top than many Cabs that are a lot more expensive.
Stolpman Vineyards Estate Roussanne, 2014
Harvested in November to ensure ripeness, the cold nights ensure crisp acidity which is aged in 100% new oak, this is California's answer to Hermitage Blanc. Richly oaked, but covered by succulent tropical and orchard fruit. Herbaceous and resinous notes including Thai basil and pine sap. Very juicy and will continue to integrate over the next 24 months.
Fine Wine:
Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve, 2013
2013 is a fabulous vintage for Tuscany and Flaccianello is no exception.  Usually a wine that exemplifies the sexy, sensuous side of Sangiovese, this is perhaps a more serious version of Flaccianello than some softer vintages. It still has the typically exotic, floral oriental spice perfume, eucalyptus, star anise and nutmeg and a deep core of Maraschino cherries in dark chocolate but one gets the sense hat this is a keeper and will unfold to reveal every increasing layers of complexity.
This weeks Recipe:
This week's recipe is to go with both the whites mentioned, but could also go with the red. It's the last few days of summer, so a seared tuna steak with soy, ginger and garlic, which would pair with both the whites as they have enough aromatics and power.

Honest Grapes Wine Advice:
Have a go at our taste quiz where we can determine your wine profile by entering in your preferences such as fruitiness, sweetness, etc which we then match with wines on our list.
We can help you with food and wine pairing with our Wine Finder on our website, where you can put in the dish you're making and you get a selection of our wines which go with said dish.
If you become a member of our Premier Crew club you will get a personal wine advisor, who you'll be able to call/email, if you have any questions or want help with choosing wine.
This weeks vintellect:
How to get a bargain at a French restaurant...
Would you go to a  French restaurant and order an American wine?
The American wines sit on the list at their initial pricing, not being sold, but frankly, getting better with age. These wines then drop in price which means you can grab yourself a real bargain.