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.
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.
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.
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.