15
Dec
2014
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Humble Grape

bottle and glass of Mothers Milk red wine

The name of my blog is a bit of a give away that I like wine. No, scratch that, I love wine. Being brought up in an Italian family, there has always been wine on the table, designed to enhance each and every meal. So when Humble Grape got in touch and offered to send me a couple of bottles of vino rosso, I couldn’t say no.

What I really love about Humble Grape is how accessible they make wines. There is a lot of snobbery around the what’s, where’s and how’s of this age-old drink, but Humble Grape’s philosophy is simple; that wine is there to be enjoyed regardless of how much or how little you know about grape varieties and tannin levels.

The first of the two bottles that Humble Grape sent me to try was a Shiraz by First Drop Mother’s Milk. First of all, I think you’ll agree that the label on the bottle is fantastic. It would definitely make it stand out on the shelf, but once we’d popped the cork, the clever illustrations no longer mattered. The wine was speaking for itself and it was incredibly drinkable, especially paired with a selection of meats and cheeses – it seemed to go really well with chorizo in particular.

The second bottle was a Corvina by Massimo Ronca. I had never tried this variety of wine before, but I’m so glad I’ve now been introduced to it. We cooked with a little of this medium-bodied red in a warming winter stew, before enjoying the rest with our meal. This was a really memorable wine.

I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Humble Grape. Their fantastic ethos is paired with a great selection of well-considered wines with something for everyone. If you’re in the market for a wine tasting event, check out their website. If I lived in the London area, I would be a regular at their events.

Are you a wine drinker? Do you have any favourites?

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  • http://mirandasnotebook.com/ Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I love wine too, although I don’t know much about it. These wines sound fab, and yes, I love the label!

    • chiara

      Me neither Miranda, I’m more of an enthusiastic sampler :-)

  • https://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni W.

    I love that this company is all about equal opportunity wine appreciation! Snobbery about anything makes it difficult to bring that thing to a wider audience. I know so many people who aren’t into wine mainly because they don’t know much about it. I’ll have to check out Humble Grape!

    • chiara

      I couldn’t agree more Gianni, and you should definitely check them out. Their ethos is great and it makes understanding wines so much easier x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    I don’t know anything about wine… probably because I’ve never had any kind of wine before! I know, bad Jessica!

    • chiara

      You’ve got a whole world of exploring ahead of you Jessica :-)

  • http://meandmr.com Melanie

    I love the label!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • chiara

      Isn’t it fantastic, Melanie? The wine was really good too :-)

  • http://www.ohgoshblog.co.uk/ em

    That label would certainly make me pick it up off the shelf – and a bonus if it tastes nice too! I don’t know much about wine, but I enjoy drinking it – as long as it doesn’t taste like vinegar!

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca Kathryn

    I have to admit that I usually pick my wines based on the label. It sounds random but I just recently watched a documentary about honey badgers which made me fall in love with the little creatures, and then found a pretty cheap red called Honey Badger so that’s been my go to for a while ;)

    I hadn’t heard of this company before but I must admit I am really drawn to their philosophy (and labels!!) so I would love to give them a try. I’m not sure if I can get it in Canada but I’ll keep my eyes open.

    xx Kathryn
    http://www.throughthethicket.ca