Join This Virtual Wine Tasting For A Festive Night In

If the plans you had next week are now off the cards or you're looking for a pre-Christmas treat for your other half, we might just have the answer. The capital's restaurants and bars, which have been forced to close their doors again this week in light of Tier 3 restrictions, are once again turning to innovative ways to connect with their customers. That's where a wine tasting Christmas party delivered straight to your door from bar and restaurant chain, Humble Grape, comes in. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s the deal?

Humble Grape is hosting a virtual Christmas wine tasting event this Monday 21st December at 6:30pm where you can enjoy trying some new wines, pick up some wine tips and do something different all from the comfort of your home. The box, which has everything you need for an at-home tasting, will be posted through your letterbox, in time for the event. On the day, you’ll join a virtual event on Zoom, hosted by Humble Grape experts. 

Who’s behind it?

Humble Grape run a group of ‘wine bar restaurants’ in London. They have five locations – Battersea, Islington, Canary Wharf, Fleet Street and Liverpool Street – where visitors normally enjoy delicous wine over bar snacks or dinner courtesy of the on-site kitchen (the food is excellent), and shop an extensive wine collection at each location. Founded in 2009 by James Dawson, the company imports more than 400 sustainable wines from boutique wineries around the world. Their team are truly passionate about what they do – and their extensive wine knowledge means you’ll find the perfect bottle, whatever the occasion.

What do you get in your box?

Each box contains:

  • A tasting mat with information on each wine and vineyard 

  • A complete tasting guide 

  • 4 x 100ml samples of wine

The Wines:

Kvaszinger Borászat, Tokaji Szamorodni, 2017, Tokaj, Hungary
Quite simply, this one is known as the ‘Nectar of the Gods’.

Chateau de la Mulonnière, L'Effet Papillon Savennières, 2014, Loire Valley, France
Think overripe grapes, skin-contact maceration and nine months matured in the barrel.

Rainbow's End Merlot, 2017 Stellenbosch, South Africa
This one offers remarkable acidity followed by notes of plum, mint chocolate and ripe ruby fruits.

Cantina Ronca Ulderico Rosso, 2015, Veneto, Italy
A modern Amarone-style wine, which is named after the winemaker's Grandpa. 

Can anyone join?​

Yup. You don’t have to be a member of the Humble Grape Club to join the event. Anyone over the age of 18 can join the festivities – whether you're on your own or with someone else.

Tickets cost £55 (you can share a ticket and the 4 x 100ml wines between two of you if you're in the same household, or on your own – it's up to you). You can purchase yours here – just be sure to place your order by Thursday to receive your delivery in time.
 

Keen to order some food to accompany the wine? Here are three at-home meal kits to order now, which will help directly support some of the capital’s top restaurants…

Taco Party by El Pastor

From the small group of Mexican taquerias in London, El Pastor has recently launched a range of at-home delivery services. For postcodes in central London, El Pastor will deliver partially prepared dishes for you to finish cooking at home, while a Mexican feast is available nationwide. Both boxes are for two, four or six people to share, and each includes a selection of starters, mains, and tequila-based cocktails. Boxes starts from £45 and will be delivered on selected Fridays and Saturdays. 

Visit Tacoselpastor.co.uk

Hosted By Hakkasan

If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas or New Year’s Eve party idea, Cantonese restaurant group Hakkasan will bring the Michelin starred experience straight to your home. The bespoke service offers at-home diners the chance to curate their own menu and wine flight, before having the meal delivered straight to your door. Highlights include Peking duck with caviar, grilled Chilean seabass, and smoked beef ribs. You’ll even get luxe printed menus, table place cards, and Hakkasan’s very own playlist. Prices vary.

Visit Hakkasan.com

Madera At Treehouse Hotel London

The Treehouse Hotel in London (an SL favourite) has recently launched an at-home delivery service from their award-winning restaurant, Madera. There are a range of dishes from their signature menu to choose from, including organic chargrilled salmon, tequila prawns with piquillo peppers, marinated ceviche, and a ground usda beef burger with thick-cut chips. Available for delivery across selected London postcodes.

Visit Supper.London

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