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“I love their ‘No Wine List’ policy.  It’s like being in a sweet shop.”


BOW LANE

Wine Bar & Restaurant

74/82 Queen Victoria Street EC4N 4SJ
020 7248 1892




Hidden away in the heart of the square mile close to St Paul’s, Planet of the Grapes Bow Lane is a stylish Bar-Restaurant, with the emphasis firmly on fine wine and food.

Our kitchen offers everything from tasty sharing dishes to a full a la carte menu, which changes on a regular basis to ensure the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients are used – making it an ideal venue for anything from intimate dinners to large business events, whilst the extensive wine selection will satisfy the most discerning drinker.

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“One of the top 5 bars in London you need to be a regular at.”

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Fox Fine Wine & Spirits

Wine Bar & Restaurant

118 London Wall EC2Y 5JA
020 3823 9623
www.foxfinewines.co.uk




Fox Fine Wines and Spirits is set in the landmark building on the corner of London Wall and Moorgate that was previously the world-famous Fox Umbrella Shop.

Enjoy a glass in the wood-panelled bar and shop, pop up to the first floor for a bite to eat, or hire a private room on the second floor for celebrations, business meetings or a tutored wine tasting.

The range of wines is extensive, from Old World classics to New World ingénues, and the Fox team are dedicated to finding you the right wine for any and all occasions.

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“An old-school City Wine Bar, but with much better wines”


Leadenhall

Wine Bar & Bistro

9/10 Bulls Head Passage – Leadenhall Market – EC3V 1LU
020 7929 7224

 

Next to Leadenhall Market, and just around the corner from Lloyds, Planet of the Grapes Leadenhall is a bustling, busy wine bar and shop offering over 300 wines from around the world to either drink in or take away, with a wine-friendly food menu available all day. The ever changing selection of wines by the glass including a special ‘Coravin’ menu, giving you the opportunity to try extremely fine wines at very reasonable prices, and our friendly staff are always on hand to help and advise you in your wine choice. 

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“Planet of the Grapes to return to its spiritual home in Holborn”


Sicilian Avenue

19-21 Sicilian Avenue WC1A2QH
020 7831 2181

Planet of the Grapes returns to Holborn !!

A Wine Bar, Shop & Tasting Cellar, with open air seating in a beautiful pedestrian avenue, it is the perfect place for the people of Holborn to relax, have a glass and a bite to eat, or pick up a bottle or twelve for later.

Our latest addition to the family takes us back to our roots in Holborn where PotG began over ten years ago. We look forward to welcoming back old friends (and hopefully many new) to our beautiful new wine shop and bar on the picturesque Sicilian Avenue.

Alongside an extensive range of both everyday and fine wines, we offer a tasty selection of Canapés and small plates, including the glorious house made sausage rolls and pork pies – checkout our sample menus below!

Our intimate tasting cellar is available for private hire – Monday to Saturday for your office party, birthday celebration or corporate event.  We also host wine and food tastings throughout the year. As a special offer, there is no fee for the hire of our cellar on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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EVENTS

To complement our fine wine and food offerings, Planet of the Grapes and Fox Fine Wines also run wine events; Wine Dinners, Masterclasses and Private/Corporate Tastings.

These events focus on showcasing an individual producer, an entire region, or a selection of eclectic wines from all over the world.

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Buy a case of Frescobaldi
and win a trip to Tuscany


The Frescobaldi family of Florence have been around for a while; in the 13th century, along with other prominent Florentine families, they laid the foundations of the modern banking system, and by 1270 they had an office in London and were acting as bankers to the King of England. The first record of Frescobaldi wine comes from the early 14th century, and by the 16th century they were selling wine to King Henry VIII (and have a signed contract to prove it!).Tradition clearly has its place; there aren’t many people with a bridge and piazza in Florence named after them, and several of the family’s estates have been in the family for centuries, but the Frescobaldis haven’t rested on their laurels. New projects have been launched in Montalcino, the Maremma and Chianti Classico, a ground-braking partnership with California’s Mondavi family was developed, and the historic estates of Castello Pomino and Castello Nipozzano have set the pace for modern Tuscan winemaking. The current Marchese di Frescobaldi, Lamberto, is the 30th in an unbroken line that goes back to the middle ages, but having studied in California, opened a Frescobaldi restaurant in London and purchased the Ornellaia estate, he is no less ambitious than his banking ancestors.A couple of years ago the Marchese di Frescobaldi was kind enough to invite a couple of us and two customers to visit several of his estates in Tuscany. Wine trips don’t come much better than this! The Queen may own more castles (though it’s a close run thing), but the Marchese has better vineyards!Once again, the Marchese has invited us to take two lucky customers to Tuscany. To enter a draw for one of the two places all you need to do is buy one of the cases below before the 5th of November. The winners will be drawn at random after the Frescobaldi Wine Dinner (unfortunately it is sold out), but you could be having dinner in a Tuscan Castello instead!  Each case bought gives you one entry in the prize drawer – two gives you two chances, and so on..

What’s more, you get the same 20% discount as we offer to guests at the wine dinner, so it’s win-win, even if you lose!

Castello do Pomino

A relatively recent addition to the Frescobaldi empire; they only built the castle 500 years ago, the Pomino estate, north east of Florence, has some of the highest vineyards in the whole of Tuscany and is planted largely with white grapes and cool-climate varietals.

Pomino Bianco 2018                                              £180 for 12
A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco, fermented in 85% stainless steel and 15% oak. A wine that offers complexity and elegance at a great price.

Benefizio Pomino Bianco Riserva 2017            £190 for 6
Chardonnay was first planted here in the 19th century, but in 1973, Benefizio became the first Italian Chardonnay to be fermented in barrique – the Burgundian way.

Pomino Vinsanto 2010 (50cl)                               £220 for 6
Tuscany’s great sweet wine! Trebbiano, Malvasia and San Colombano grapes are dried, fermented, and aged in small barrels for 8 years. An unforgettable experience!

Castello di Nipozzano

Whilst the Castello di Nipozzano, in Chianti Rufina, has only been in the Frescobaldi family for 150 years, its history goes back almost 1000 years and encompases many of the great families of Florence. Here Sangiovese is king, with the high altitude providing insurance against global warming.

Montesodi Toscana 2015                                           £215 for 6
The wine from the Montesodi vineyard were first bottled as Chianti Rufina in 1974. 100% Sangiovese and aged for 18 months in large oak, the 2015 won ‘Tre Bicchieri’.

Tenuta Perano

It is astonishing that in 700 years of winemaking history, the Frescobaldi family didn’t own land in Chianti Classico. Now, with the purchase of Tenuta Perano in Gaiole-in-Chianti, we can see what they can achieve in Tuscany’s most famous terroir.

Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico Riserva 2015   £180 for 6
Sangiovese and Merlot, from vineyards at 500 metres are vinified in the traditional way and aged in large Slavonian casks to produce a classic Chianti Riserva.

Castelgiocondo

The ancient hill town of Montalcino is steeped in history, much of it bloody, but its famous Brunello wine has a much more recent history. Frescobaldi’s Castelgiocondo estate, built around an 11th century fortress, is one of the most ambitious and successful producers in the region.


Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2014    £270 for 6
Consistantly one of the great Brunellos, Castelgiocondo is a finely balanced blend of traditional methods and state-of-the-art facilities. Sangiovese at its best!

To buy a case of great wine, and have a chance of a trip to Tuscany, click on one or more of the bottles in this offer, send an email to matt@planetofthegrapes.co.uk, or call us on 020 7405 4912.

 

 

Harewood Estate Denmark Pinot Noir 2018

Western Australia’s Great Southern region isn’t as well known as Margaret River, but it concedes nothing to it’s illustrious near neighbour in terms of quality, and for cool climate varietals, such as Riesling and Pinot Noir, it probably has the edge. Frankland River, Mount Barker and Denmark are the best-known sub-regions and it’s from the last of these; the more maritime Denmark, that this Pinot Noir hails. It has taken Australia a while to get the hang of Pinot Noir; virtually every good example comes from a new cool-climate region close to the sea and this is no different.

Harewood Estate’s Denmark Vineyard was planted in 1988; pre-historic in Great Southern terms, but it was in the early 2000s that Howard Park winemaker James Kellie finally bought the estate, having worked for a number of years as a consultant to the previous owner. His Denmark Pinot Noir is a blend of the original Harewood Vineyard and the cooler, higher-altitude Apricus Hill vineyard, planted in 1995. The style bridges the divide between old and new world styles of Pinot Noir; the fruit is ripe without being jammy, and the structure is present without needing to be aged. More impressively, it’s astonishingly good value, especially at a 20% case discount!

 

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Montemaggio Chianti Classico 2013

Fattoria di Montemaggio isn’t the easiest place to get to, unless you’ve got a four-by-four. Turn off the main road by the famous Butcher’s in Panzano and follow the medieval road towards Radda-in-Chianti. The road climbs, weaves and turns to a track and, after about twenty minutes, if you haven’t taken a wrong turn, you arrive at Montemaggio. The estate’s isolated location has proved a godsend; whilst vineyards near the valley floor are becoming too warm for the Sangiovese grapes, Montemaggio, at around 600 metres, still produces wonderfully typical Chianti; all cherry fruit, palate-cleansing acidity and balsamic notes.

Despite the remote location, owner Valeria and winemaker Ilaria have turned Montemaggio into a hive of activity, with cookery courses, art classes and fashion photoshoots running alongside the more usual activities for a winery, but it is in the vineyard and winery that the greatest changes have been made; the vineyards have been converted to organic production and ancient Tuscan varieties have been planted, and the length of time the wine spends maturing in bottle has been increased. The current release, from the excellent 2013 vintage, is approaching maturity, at a time when most producers are moving on to 2017. A blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot, this is proper Chianti; a wine meant to accompany food.

 

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Granbazan Albariño Ambar 2017


The wines made in the astonishing aqua-marine palacio of Granbazan, near Cambados, in the Rias Baixas region of Galicia are classic examples of this fashionable variety. One of the original wineries in the region, Granbazan has recently been bought by the owners of Bodegas Baigorri; a new-wave Rioja producer, but their plan for the winery is more evolution than revolution. Granbazan is an old-fashioned place, in the best sense of the phrase, and the traditions (including the wonderfully retro labels) aren’t going to disappear any time soon.  

A lot of modern Albariño is too ripe for my tastes; the variety should have a streak of ‘nervosity’ to accompany the fruit. Granbazan Ambar is steely, but with the extra depth, richness and complexity that comes from time spent on its lees. The wine is entirely fermented in stainless steel, with bright citrus and crisp apple flavours, and with a tinge of white honey and freshly cut white flowers on the finish. Most people don’t realise that top-quality Albariño can age. Buy a case, drink 11 bottles and put one away for a couple of years; the results might surprise you!

 

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Christmas Menu 2019

The Christmas Menu will be available at Planet of the Grapes Bow Lane and Fox Fine Wines in Moorgate from Monday 25th November.

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PRIVACY

At Planet of the Grapes we take your privacy and the protection of your personal data seriously. There are some changes in data protection law coming on 25 May 2018 – General Data Protection Regulation – so we have made some updates to our Privacy Policy. This explains how we collect, store and manage your information. Click on the link below to view our Privacy Policy

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