Wine Wednesday: Lady of the Grapes Red Wine Tasting

Wine is something that I started developing an interest in about 4 years ago when I took a trip to one of my favourite Spanish cities, San Sebastián. As an 18/19 year old at the time, wine wasn’t something that I’d really drank a lot before. My go-to was a whiskey sour or a mojito. I’d always found wine to be overpowering for my palette but when I travelled to San Seb and tried their local wines I was converted. Anyway, ever since then I’ve been a lover of wine. Whether it be a red, white or rosé. In fact, flash forward 4 years and it’s actually my drink of choice!

As my love affair with wine has grown even more in the last year, I wanted to start making a proper feature of it here on the blog.  So I’ve decided to start a new series called ‘Wine Wednesday’.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM WINE WEDNESDAY

I’ll be sharing a different wine in each post from all different types of wineries, both independent small businesses and larger companies that you might be familiar with already. In each post I’ll be talking you through the wine, reviewing it and sometimes pairing it with something delicious. And to kick it all off I’m so excited to introduce you all to one of the stunning wines stocked at Lady of the Grapes. The items included in this post were very kindly gifted to me. All opinions are of course my own.

Women posing with a glass of red wine in a garden.

LADY OF THE GRAPES

First a little bit about Lady of the Grapes. 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. A huge part of Lady of the Grapes is the fact that they are passionate about supporting female winemakers. In a traditionally male-dominated industry it’s great to see female winemakers being supported and showcased for their talent.

Castell d'Age red wine.

Currently operating 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 during lockdown or even for treating yourself to! 

Castell d'Age red wine.

Also, a little *fun fact*… I actually used to intern once a week on the same road as Lady of the Grapes 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 two!) for sure.

THE WINE

So what wine did I try? Well you know from the title that I went for a red. I didn’t choose the wine myself which was actually really exciting. Who doesn’t love a surprise? I knew I was going to try a red but I had no idea which one until I received the bottle. Lady of the Grapes sell red, white, rosé and orange wine (which is a new one to me) 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 incredible 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 (given it’s 14%) but yet still somehow felt light and fairly smooth to drink. Amazing!

Women posing with a glass of red wine in a garden.

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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!

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 was also sent a few items from their deli. Since I knew I was getting a red wine I wanted 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.

I love a good chopping board set-up so I put together my own little cheese board with the bits from Lady of the Grapes on there too. Good food and good wine, what more could you need?

Wild boar terrine, cherry jam and trout with port wine.

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.

Cheese board with wild boar terrine, cherry jam, trout and manchego cheese.

MY THOUGHTS

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!

Women sitting down holding a glass of red wine in a garden.

I’m looking forward to being able to travel down to London again (hopefully soon) and getting the chance to visit. Orange wine is definitely next on my list of wines of theirs to try. Have any of you tried an orange wine before? I’m really intrigued to know what it’s like.

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! What’s been your go-to drink to order/make at home?

Female Original

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64 Comments

  1. Amie
    June 24, 2020

    Oooh I think my husband would absolutely love this, he is a massive fan of red wine!

    Love, Amie ❤️

    The Curvaceous Vegan

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 25, 2020

      It was such a lovely wine! I’d definitely recommend it x

      Reply
  2. Lauren Kenny
    June 24, 2020

    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

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 24, 2020

      It sounds so interesting doesn’t it! I love a sparkling wine as well 🙂 x

      Reply
    2. Melissa Kacar
      June 25, 2020

      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! 🙂

      melissakacar.blogspot.com

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      1. femaleoriginal
        June 26, 2020

        Thank you so much! So glad to hear that you’re liking the sound of the series 🙂 x

        Reply
  3. Hannah Louise
    June 24, 2020

    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!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 24, 2020

      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

      Reply
  4. Lucy
    June 24, 2020

    I am seriously loving this idea of Wine Wednesday! I’m not a fan of red wine as such, I find it quite bitter in taste. My go to drink has been vodka and coke or rose! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 25, 2020

      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

      Reply
  5. Lozza
    June 24, 2020

    This is a great idea!

    Wine isn’t something I tend to drink as I’m not a big drinker and I prefer whiskey or even something like a sweet cocktail but I like trying new things!

    Love Lozza x
    http://girlygabble.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 25, 2020

      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

      Reply
  6. Chloe Chats
    June 24, 2020

    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

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 25, 2020

      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

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  7. Jaya Avendel
    June 24, 2020

    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! 🙂

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 26, 2020

      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

      Reply
  8. Sophie Wentworth
    June 24, 2020

    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

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 29, 2020

      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

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  9. Alex
    June 24, 2020

    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

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 26, 2020

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

      Reply
  10. Gemma Jayne
    June 25, 2020

    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

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 28, 2020

      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

      Reply
  11. Jenny in Neverland
    June 25, 2020

    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!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 25, 2020

      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

      Reply
  12. Jupiter Hadley
    June 25, 2020

    Love this concept for a series! It’s great to hear about little nibbles that match wine.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 29, 2020

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed reading x

      Reply
  13. Emily
    June 25, 2020

    I do love wine tasting! I am more of a rose or white fan, red I find is the perfect winter drink though!

    https://www.emilyclareskinner.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 28, 2020

      Rosé is my go-to but I do love a red with food! It’s lovely for the Winter too 🙂 x

      Reply
  14. Hannah
    June 25, 2020

    OOoooh I absolutely love red wine and this sounds absolutely divine!!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 29, 2020

      It was such a nice wine! x

      Reply
  15. Lauren
    June 25, 2020

    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.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 26, 2020

      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

      Reply
  16. Lisa
    June 25, 2020

    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! ❤️

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 29, 2020

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

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  17. Kristyn
    June 26, 2020

    Sounds like a really fun wine tasting experience! I’m not a big drinker, but I still love a fabulous red.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 29, 2020

      It was such a lovely experience! x

      Reply
  18. The Book View
    June 26, 2020

    Sounds like you had a great experience! Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 30, 2020

      I did! Thank you x

      Reply
  19. Abby
    June 26, 2020

    Looks so much fun! I’ve never been to a wine tasting but I’d love to go

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 30, 2020

      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

      Reply
  20. Cassie
    June 26, 2020

    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!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 30, 2020

      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

      Reply
  21. Anya Dryagina
    June 27, 2020

    Thank you for sharing. I love wine)
    You have a beautiful skirt
    http://www.recklessdiary.ru

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 30, 2020

      Thank you so much! x

      Reply
  22. Eleanor
    June 27, 2020

    Gorgeous pictures, I’m glad you enjoyed this wine. I’m not a huge fan of wine but you’ve got me interested!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 28, 2020

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

      Reply
  23. Meaghan
    June 27, 2020

    This sounds like a great series! I never liked red wine when I was younger but maybe it’s time to give it another go… 🍷

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 28, 2020

      Thank you! It took me a little while to get into red wine but now I’m a huge fan 🙂 x

      Reply
  24. untilanotherday
    June 27, 2020

    I’ve only recently started to take an interest in wine and Lady of the Grape sounds right up my street! Orange wine?? I’ve never heard of that before!! X

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 28, 2020

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

      Reply
  25. Jessica Mills
    June 27, 2020

    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!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 28, 2020

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

      Reply
  26. Nancy
    June 28, 2020

    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 ✨ exquisitely.me

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 30, 2020

      So glad you enjoyed reading! 🙂 x

      Reply
  27. Radi
    June 29, 2020

    I would love to do a wine tasting someday when visiting France or Spain.
    Cheers!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 4, 2020

      Oooh me too! x

      Reply
  28. Omaye
    June 29, 2020

    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

    https://ooomaye.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 2, 2020

      Oooh that sounds so fun! I hope you enjoy it x

      Reply
  29. Natasha Evans
    July 1, 2020

    I’m not a big wine drinker but I think my parents would love this!

    Tash – http://www.agirlwithview.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 6, 2020

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

      Reply
  30. Ellie
    July 6, 2020

    Ooh I love a good wine! This one sounds great 🙂

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 7, 2020

      It was delicious! x

      Reply
  31. Lisa
    July 7, 2020

    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

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 7, 2020

      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

      Reply

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