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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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. 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?
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