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. All the cool kids are doing it...
What is it you're doing again?
I’m making my own wines in collaboration with winemaking friends around the world, which I’m importing and distributing myself to customers in the UK. I work on harvests with selected winemakers, learning about the region, its grape varieties and vineyards, and working both in the vineyards and the cellar. With his/her help, I source my own grapes and make my own wine (under the winemaker’s guidance whenever necessary). The wines then remain in the cellar wherever I have been working until it’s time to bottle, which I oversee before shipping the wines to the UK.
What are your wines like?
Although these are collaborative wines, I determine the grape varieties, vineyards, etc and the style of wine to make. I aim to make something different from what is available from the winemakers themselves, so my customers have something unique, and competitively priced in relation to the winemaker’s own range of wines of the same quality level.
Who are your wines aimed at?
The idea is that, through TFWATH, my customers - essentially subscribers to my mailing list - will be able to discover new and interesting wines, winemakers, grape varieties and regions that they otherwise might not hear about. These are premium, handmade wines made from organically farmed grapes, often from far-flung regions. The kind of person who my wines are aimed at is curious about this sort of discovery, and about handcrafted wines which tell a story of the place they are from.
How are your wines available?
At the moment, by emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, stating which wines you would like, the quantities you would like, and providing your delivery address (including specific delivery instructions) and telephone number. If you are subscribed to my mailing list, you will be kept up to date about the progress of the wines I am making and about which wines are coming next. Pre-order offers will be communicated to you when available, with a 10% pre-order discount offered for a limited time.
How do I pay?
Payment should be made by bank transfer to The Finest Wines Available to Humanity Ltd. Details for payment will be provided by invoice once your order has been received.
Basically, you put your hand up and say you want some wines before the wines have actually been shipped and I reserve them for you. As soon as I have confirmed the shipping, I will email you with an invoice. As soon as the invoice has been paid, your wines will be marked for courier delivery as soon as they reach my lovely air-conditioned warehouse. A 10% discount will apply to all pre-orders, making this the cheapest possible way to buy my 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 bit of a loose term that 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 - during any part of the process. 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.
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 really 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, please 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. Of course we all occasionally buy wines that end up being not quite to our taste and, assuming they are not horribly faulty, we do have to accept it. But 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?
I want the people who buy my wines to become regular customers. Think of me as the barman in your local, except with interesting, handmade wine. I want you to trust me to offer you wines that you will find interesting, different and delicious. 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 terrors of the world; wines made in the vineyard, so to speak, and that increase the store of pleasure in your life. Apart from a handful of independent wine shops and restaurants where I’m trying to blag a free meal, all my wines will be sold direct-to-customer via my mailing list. Subscribing to that list will, I hope, open a window to many wine discoveries. By subscribing you’ll also get access to pre-order discounts, free wine articles and news about future tastings and events.
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, there could be some free wine in it: I’m offering a FREE bottle to anyone whose friend recommendation results in a purchase of anything above one case of wine. So please get recommending!
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