The Finest Wines Available to Humanity is me taking my love of wine too far. After several years of writing about the stuff and mucking about on harvests, in 2018 I took the plunge (and the pumpover and the footstomp) to become a nomadic winemaker. Since then I've been travelling across two hemispheres to work on harvests with winemaker friends and produce my own little range of collaborative wines (all for sale exclusively in the UK). Always made from organically farmed grapes, these are one-off, handmade wines that I hope will be a joy to drink and will make you curious to discover more about the winemakers, grape varieties and terroirs that inspired them. If you are interested in hearing more about my wines, or about upcoming tastings and special events, or if you’d like to receive the occasional free article about wine, sign up to my mailing list below.
What is it you're doing again?
The old nomadic winemaking lark. In collaboration with winemaking friends around the world, I’m making wonderful, handmade wines that I'm distributing exclusively in the UK. I choose interesting grower-producers and lesser-known regions, then head off to work on harvests, learn all I can and make a wine, under guidance whenever necessary. After harvest, the wine stays in the cellar until it’s time to bottle, which I oversee before shipping to the UK.
What are TFWATH wines like?
They vary, depending on where I am, which grape variety I’m using and the style of the winemaker I’m working with. The aim though is to make wines with as little intervention as possible in order to reflect the terroir of wherever the wine is made.
Who are your wines aimed at?
Anyone who’s curious to discover new, handcrafted wines which tell a story of the place they are from. The idea is that through TFWATH, you will discover interesting wines, grape varieties and regions that you otherwise might not hear about. I try to offer something unique and competitively priced in relation to the collaborating winemaker's own range of wines.
How can I buy them?
Apart from a select handful of independent wine shops/bars and restaurants where I’m trying to blag a free meal, by subscribing to my mailing list, or by emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org (stating which wines you would like and providing your delivery address and telephone number). If you subscribe to my mailing list, you’ll be the first to hear about new wines and any special offers. By spring/summer 2021, I’m planning to set up a market stall in London – watch this space.
How do I pay?
Payment should be made by bank transfer to The Finest Wines Available to Humanity Ltd. I’ll send you an invoice with payment details once I’ve received your order.
It's a way for you to enjoy a discount on the full price of TFWATH wines, and a way for me to improve my cashflow. Basically, before the wines have been shipped, you put your hand up and say you want some and I email you with an invoice. Once the invoice has been paid, the wines are reserved for you and will be delivered by courier as soon as they reach the warehouse. A 10% discount will apply to all pre-orders, making this the cheapest possible way to buy TFWATH wines.
Is there a charge for delivery?
Delivery is free on all case orders (six bottles or more). Orders of fewer than six bottles are subject to a £12.50 delivery charge.
Are they natural wines?
This is a loose term I try to avoid. Strictly speaking, for a wine to be ‘natural’, it would have to have been bottled without any manipulations or any additions whatsoever - including sulphur dioxide. I prefer the term ‘minimal intervention’. This means spontaneous fermentation, natural stabilisation, minimal sulphur and no fining or filtering (NB: because there is no filtration, you may find very small sediment in the bottle - this is entirely natural and harmless). Most ‘natural’ wines that you see marketed as such will be made in exactly the same way. My wines are always made from organically farmed grapes too.
What if I don’t like them?
A small part of me will die inside. Besides which, please contact me and let me know why. I want these wines to be enjoyed and I wouldn’t sell any wines I didn’t think were enjoyable to drink. If you would prefer more information about the wine before you buy, just email me at email@example.com and I will do all I can to give you the confidence to buy. TFWATH is dealing in small batches of wine with a necessarily limited number of customers, so I am committed to offering a personal service to anyone interested in buying my wines and will do all I can to ensure they have trust in the wines I’m selling. If you suspect there is a serious problem with the bottle, please contact me and, if necessary, I’ll provide a replacement.
What’s the benefit of being a TFWATH subscriber?
Subscribers to my mailing list will be the first to find out about my wines and will be given first refusal of all the wines I make. Subscribing to the TFWATH mailing list will, I hope, open a window to many wine discoveries. You’ll also get access to pre-order discounts, free wine articles and news about tastings and other events.
I want the people who buy my wines to become regular customers. Think of me as the barman in your local, except with wonderful handmade wine. I want to establish a strong core customer base so that I can continue to make new wines, in bigger volumes, and also start importing interesting wines from other producers. These will be wines that you will not find anywhere else, made in the same spirit as those I myself make - handmade, minimal-intervention wines that highlight interesting grape varieties and terroirs of the world. The more people who get involved, the bigger and more exciting the TFWATH wine offer will be.
I’ve got a mate who might be interested…
Brilliant. If you get them to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org stating that they came from you, or if they sign up and you send me a quick note to let me know they’ve come from you, I'll give you a 10% discount on your next order. So please do recommend!
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