Lady of the Grapes, London, Red Wine Review (Wine Wednesday)

Lady of the Grapes - Castell D'age, 100% Garnatxa 0% SO2

Who doesn’t love an excuse to have a mid-week wine? This Wine Wednesday I’m sharing a stunning red wine stocked at a London-based independent wine bar and shop, Lady of the Grapes. The items included in this post were sent to as press samples. For more information about this please feel free to read my disclaimer and privacy policy.

Lady of the Grapes

Firstly, let’s learn a little bit about Lady of the Grapes shall we? Based in Covent Garden, London, Lady of the Grapes is an organic wine bar and shop. They pride themselves on their organic and biodynamic wines which contain no additives, and are low in sulphites, making them completely natural products. As if that isn’t enough of a reason to take note of them, another reason to love Lady of the Grapes is the fact that they’re passionate about supporting female winemakers! In a traditionally male-dominated industry, it’s great to see female winemakers being supported and showcased for their incredible talent.

Castell d'Age red wine.

Currently operating both in their Covent Garden location and online via their shop, Lady of the Grapes are offering delivery services across the UK as well as click and collect orders at their Maiden Lane shop. They’ve even put together a few different ‘survival boxes‘ each with a different selection of wine in them. Perfect for sending to a loved one or even for treating yourself to! Side note: A little *fun fact* about Lady of the Grapes… I actually used to intern once a week on the same road as them back when I was at university! I walked past the shop so many times but, since I only worked in London on Monday’s, I never got the chance to visit! Next time I’m down in London I’ll be popping in for a wine (or, lets be honest, two!) for sure.

Wine Wednesday, 100% Garnatxa 0% So2 (2018)

So what wine did I try? Well you know from the title that I went for a red. I didn’t choose the exact wine out for myself, which was actually really exciting, but I did know that I’d be trying some kind of red wine. For reference, Lady of the Grapes sell red, white, rosé and orange wine so there’s something for everyone there! I tested the 100% Garnatxa 0% So2 (2018) from Castell d’Age in Catalunya, Spain, which is a winery tied to three generations of women. Pretty amazing if you ask me! The wine itself is completely vegan and, as is the same with all of the wines at Lady of the Grapes, is natural, organic and biodynamic.

Castell d'Age red wine in a garden.

On their website Lady of the Grapes describe their wines as “complex and containing fascinating flavours that are impossible to achieve via conventional wine-making methods” and I completely agree after trying this one from Castell d’Age. It was unlike any wine I’ve tried before. It had a real full-bodied flavour, and sat at 14% ABV, but yet still somehow felt light and fairly smooth to drink.

The only way to describe the scent of this wine is by saying that it took me right back to being in Spain on holiday. Honestly it took me straight to being sat in a tapas bar. It’s so amazing to think that the scent alone could transport me to one of my favourite holiday moments. Especially as we aren’t able to travel right now. Any way to get a holiday feel at home is a win for me and Castell d’Age definitely brought Spain to Liverpool!

Lady of the Grapes: The Deli

As well as offering fabulous wine, beer and cider, Lady of the Grapes also have their own deli selling everything from pasta to pâté to jam. To pair with my wine, I also tried out a few items from their deli. Since I knew I was getting a red wine, I decided to pick out some bits that I knew would work alongside any red. So I went for some strong and rich flavours. I chose to try out a wild boar terrine, trout in port wine and a cherry jam.

Castell d'Age red wine and a cheese board with wild boar terrine, cherry jam, trout and manchego cheese.

The wild boar terrine definitely brought out the flavour of the wine. It was such a lovely intense flavour that I felt as though it made the wine taste that little bit more rich. The terrine paired with the cherry jam was a winner for me as well. Wild boar terrine is definitely a strong flavour that you can only eat a little bit of at a time. But the sweetness of the cherry jam worked perfectly alongside it. The trout in port wine was so lovely and light as well. Perfect for sunny afternoon snacking.

My thoughts on the ‘at-home’ Lady of the Grapes experience

It was such a wonderful experience getting to try out one of Lady of the Grapes’ stunning wines, especially paired with delicious food too. The whole thing made for a really lovely weekend at home and it was something not only I, but the whole family, enjoyed trying! I’m looking forward to being able to travel down to London again (hopefully soon) and getting the chance to visit. As for the wine that I’ll order when I’m down there…I’m thinking I’ll give one of their orange wines a go!

Have you been treating yourself to any wine deliveries in lockdown? I’d definitely recommend checking out the Lady of the Grapes website for your next wine delivery! If you’re a London local, or are planning a trip there anytime soon, then make sure to pop into Lady of the Grapes for a bit ‘o’ vino.

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64 thoughts on “Lady of the Grapes, London, Red Wine Review (Wine Wednesday)

  1. Wow orange wine sounds cool! It all looks so good now I fancy a midweek drink haha. I am more of a sparkling wine person myself though. Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    1. I loved reading this post! Wine Wednesday is such a creative idea for a series and I look forward to reading more in the future! The wine you featured in this post sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  2. I’m still very new to drinking wine, it used to be a drink it to get drunk cheaply at uni but now I actually want to enjoy it! My go too has been orange and lime gin at the minute, especially when it’s this sunny!

    1. Orange and lime gin sounds delicious! I used to drink wine sometimes in uni too but I’ve been properly enjoying it post-uni as well. There are so many amazing wines out there! x

    1. Glad you like the sound of the series! I’m looking forward to it 🙂 Rosé is probably by wine of choice but I love red and white as well. I’ll definitely be featuring plenty of rosés in the series x

    1. Thank you! I do love a whiskey as well but wine is my no.1 at the moment, it always manages to relax me 🙂 x

  3. I’m loving the sound of the Lady of the Grapes shop, it sounds lovely! I do love a little bit of wine every so often, I actually haven’t treated myself to much of it whilst in lockdown… to be fair I haven’t really drank much alcohol at all! I do enjoy having a glass of wine with my dinner every so often though. I would love to be in Spain right now sipping on some wine at a tapas bar if everything was all back to normal – sounds so relaxing.

    Chloe xx

    1. I love pairing wine with food so a glass with dinner is right up my street as well. Ugh I WISH I was in Spain eating tapas right now, once it’s safe to travel again I’m going! x

  4. I love this wine review! I prefer red wines, though I had some really splendid white citrus wines when I visited Australia last year. Lady of the Grapes is a pretty name, and I am even more taken in by it as seeing as the wines are organic and would go so well with a cheese board.
    I must mention the stunning pictures of you before I say thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I love a red with food so it was lovely putting together a little cheese board to go with it 🙂 x

  5. You’re reviewing a new wine every week? And you got sent what sounds like a delicious bottle and a deli platter? Your blog is giving me life right now, I can’t imagine a more perfect post. I love a full bodied red so this one sounds like something I’d really like to try. Looking forward to discovering some new ones in this series! x

    Sophie

    1. Haha glad you’re on board with the series! I’ll definitely be featuring a wine at least every fortnight (maybe weekly sometimes as well) so there’ll be plenty of wine content coming. It was such a lovely red – completely different to any I’d had before! x

  6. I’m slowly getting into wine as I get older and this sounds lovely, tHank’s for sharing! Looking forward to more wine Wednesday! X

    1. Glad you like the sound of the series! Hopefully you’ll discover a few new potential favourite wines 🙂 x

  7. I am not a massive wine person (yet) 😂 but I do love A white wine every now and then! This will be a great series to showcase different wines though, great idea! Xx

    1. So glad you like the sound of the series, even if you aren’t a big wine fan yourself! Maybe there’ll be a wine that’s up your street in the series 🙂 x

  8. This sounds like such a lovely experience you got to have. Would definitely make a nice night in with some friends or family. I don’t drink alcohol so the wine talk kinda went over the top of my head but their deli products sound amazing and like you said, it’s great to see female wine makers succeeding in a male dominated industry!

    1. It was lovely getting to make a little afternoon of it with the family! Haha glad you like the sound of the deli products 🙂 x

  9. I don’t drink wine, I don’t really like the taste but on the hunt to find something I do like. This sounds interesting. You have shared some awesome photographs too! Thank you for sharing.

    1. It took a really love red wine until I finally started to like wine so maybe you just haven’t found the one for you yet! A rosé could be a good place to start. I’ll be featuring loads of rosés in the series so there could be one for you! 🙂 x

  10. I love to drink any kind of wine but Red is a special treat so it has to be good! I generally prefer a Rioja but I’d love to try orange wine! I’ve not even heard of it before so I’ll keep my eye out for your review. I’ll definitely be checking out lady of the grapes, it all sounds so delicious! ❤️

    1. I love a rioja as well! Orange wine is top of my list of wines to try, it sounds so interesting 🙂 x

    1. It was such a fun experience! I’d love to go to a proper wine tasting post-lockdown but an at home one isn’t so bad haha x

  11. Ok, this looks yummy! It makes me want to grab my BFF and hit up a local winery! There are a couple that offer tastings and charcuterie boards! Sitting on the deck with a glass and some girl chat sounds perfect about now!

    1. It was delicious! I can’t wait to go to my local winery once we can safely visit post lockdown. There’s nothing better than a lovely glass of wine x

    1. Thank you so much! It was such a lovely wine. Glad you enjoyed reading even if you aren’t the biggest wine fan! x

    1. Neither had I until I spotted it on their site! I’ll have to try it out for the series for sure 🙂 x

  12. I absolutely loved this post, I’ve recently gotten into wine after a South Africa trip! so I can’t wait to see more of the series and hurrah for supporting woman winemakers!

    1. Ooh that’s so cool! Ikr I love that they support female winemakers, glad you like the sound of the series 🙂 x

  13. Oooh! I love the idea of wine Wednesday. I love drinking wine – super classy although I am guilty of finishing a bottle each time heh. I love supporting small wineries. It is so cool to learn about the history behind the wine. So cool you used to intern near Lady of the Grapes too! Mmmm you can never go wrong with some meat and cheese pairing!

    Nancy ✨

  14. Next time I’m in Covent Garden, I’m definitely grabbing a bottle.
    Win has the ability to make me forget all my worries even if it’s just a slow sip with great condiments on the side. Its the perfect way to spend time in your garden with family especially during the pandemic.
    You actually just gave me a great idea; I’m having a sip party tomorrow!
    Thanksssss!
    Sending lots of love!
    xxxxxx

    1. It’s a really lovely wine! I’d definitely recommend it if your parents are looking to try something new 🙂 x

  15. We’ve tried some organic wines before and they’ve been soooooo lovely! My husband is a red wine fan (it gives me a headache) so I’ll have to show him this one, I’m sure he’d love to try it 🙂 Lisa x

    1. I love a red but I also find it gives me a headache if I have a couple of glasses! This one was absolutely lovely 🙂 x

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