Celebrate – Taste, Share, Enjoy, Educate
August has arrived already, BBQ season, sunshine, enjoying time outside and getting used to
spending time with friends and family again, as restrictions ease further.
As we move through the year, there are lots of occasions to reflect on and celebrate. For us this is a
special time, lots of memories of the start of a journey. A journey that took the empty shell of a
shop, and turned it into the exploration of all things wine that is The Grape to Glass.
Five years ago in July the keys were collected and work started, walls were stripped and lined, a new
floor was laid, shelves were built. Signs were sprayed and the excitement started to build. The vision,
Tim’s dream ever so slowly started to become a reality.
But the next step was even more exciting, when you build shelves, you have to buy things to put on
them. In this case we are, of course, talking about wine. Little did Tim think when he was ordering
that first round of stock (500 different wines if you were wondering) that the list would grow and
grow and end up with the 2,000 plus that are on the list today.
So although the shop was deliberately laid out by style to make it easier for you to find something
you might like, the actual choosing was never going to be easy was it.
Alongside the wine, lots of other things that give the shop the atmosphere and feel that we all love,
the ‘top table’, the red ‘casting couch’ (ask Tim why it is called that) all started to arrive.
Although lots of hard work was happening the opening (and birthday to come) were still a while
away, building and stocking took a while.
From that humble start great things have grown, as we age we think back and remember memories.
A lot of those things have been missing in the last 18 months, but are coming back.
The ability to Taste – at the tasting counter and the annual charity wine tasting
We have still been able to Share our knowledge with you, but we are glad to welcome you back to
sitting in on an evening to share your downtime with you
Thankfully you were still able to buy, take home and Enjoy
Our wonderful staff (not just Tim) were able to help to Educate you around your palette, different
styles, things you may like, things that would stretch you, what goes well with …… but most
importantly what was that bottle I bought last week that had the car on the label (you get the idea –
we get that a lot, and we love the challenge of trying to recall)
Most importantly, we like to think that, you have been a big part of this journey with us. You entered
the shop as customers, we hope you left as friends.
Tim, Nicole, Mark, Pete, Ant, Huw, Blu