We are Nicole & Krysta, The Grape Witches. We are obsessed with flavour, story telling and natural wine. We throw monthly natural wine events and educational seminars big and small in Toronto. Join us.
Event announcement!!! We are so beyond thrilled to collaborate with @hotdocs_ for A Night at the Movies! We are pulling out clips of our all time favourite films and pairing each clip with its flavour. Does the makeover scene in clueless taste like Claus Preisinger's Pusztah Libre: free of the chains of childhood, but destined to be defined by a certain frivolous deliciousness that does not make it less complex? Does Carrie's prom reckoning carry the unbridled power of an undisgorged pet nat with the chance of mouse taint? Join us for the most special evening that is like a giant adult sleepover without actually sleeping over. 90 minute show with clips, 5 natural wine pours, lots of laugh, lots of learning, lots of popcorn and lots of great wines for sale before and after. $33 for members, $36 for non members. Tickets in bio! Poster by @carmenjanelew! Clueless forever!
nice wine in a nice place. ✨💕🌿 xoxox nicole, who is maybe never leaving nyc
Nicole is in New York, but things are nice here toooooooo OKAY?! Krysta here for a VERY SPECIAL LCBO AND U ALERT!! On the LCBO site search “Aphros” for 52 available units of this forever dream wine for $30.30 - insert ‘like 20/20 but for millennials who are in fact now 30!!’ joke. ✋🙃🌙 Vinho Verde is not just for cheap and cheerful spritz white wine with trapped co2, buds! ☀️ After art school and that vipassana retreat, it can emerge as powerful (and ageable!?) whites, the freshest reds, and if you are Vasco Croft - which is a name we have not made up - it gets wilder. Whites in amphora, red-white blends, skin contact key parties. The gangs all here. He makes this. More. 🤓 Vasco Croft, a former Waldorf teacher and architect, returned to his family estate, began conversion to biodynamics, studied medieval winemaking, got some bees (the original @bumble), and began making some of the coolest wildest wines in Portugal. Which brings us to this, their 2014 Sparkling Loureiro. Loureiro is a Grape most often used in Vinho Verde blends, but here she is all on her own and wearing a vintage Chanel suit from @vspconsignment, in a traditional (aka champagne) method sparkling from 2014. All the citrus and spritz you dream of from a Vinho Verde but with the nuance of an adult wine. Honey on toast, lemonade squeezed by hand, Portugal by night. 🌙✨ #lcboandu
It’s a sext.
Peter Pan grows up, moves to San Diego, makes this wine, recommends it with the clams. @fourhorsemenbk is a forever stop in NYC for a good reason. ✨✋🙂 #nicewineinaniceplace
It’s party time! 🥂✨👯♀️ All the fancy wine 4 u! 🍇💅🏻🦇 At dream spot @paradisegrapevine till late late. Come through. ❤️ #nicewineinaniceplace #paradisegrapewitches
If you have been following our Instagram for any length of time you will know that we are obsessed with Francois St Lo aka FSL (and his labels designed by his sister @justinesaintlo). ✨🌿 We have been lucky enough to visit his natural wine commune in Berrie, Loire two times. It is full of dogs, friends, smoking, old things made new, experimentation, warmth, generosity and a feeling of another time. Francois is very good at wine, but not so good at forms and it has taken us 2 years and countless communication to get these wines to Canada. Beyond excited to share 11 bottles each of his Pet Nat, Hey!Gro and Cab’baret with you TOMORROW for our dream party @paradisegrapevine. A few more education hour tickets remain in our 6-7 slot! The main party opens at 8 pm, no tickets needed. #nicewineinaniceplace #paradisegrapewitches
This Thursday we are pouring rare delights @paradisegrapevine for our September party. 🌿💕✨🍇 More profiles! We have FIVE (5!) bottles of each of the Le Coste Bianchetto and Rosso. ✋🙂 Five because we drank one of each!!! 🙄🙃 We are so delighted to feature these rare treasures for the first time. 🌙 Gianmarco and Clementine are making some of the most lifted, special wines in Lazio, the ancient wine region closest to Rome. 🍕 They organically farm their 14 hectares of massale selected, ungrafted vines around the volcanic Lake Bolsena. 🌋 Volcano wines are famously powerful and we have been charmed by these strong, but delicate wines since first tasting them at @rawwineworld in London many many moons ago. 💫 The Bianchetto is their baby orange - aka skin contact! - white wine from their younger vines. A blend of Procanico, Malvasia and Moscato. Dirty converse in a flower field. A disruptor is the honey pot. 🍯 The Rosso is the lightest red, the darkest rose from 50 year old Aleatico aka a dark skinned relative of aromatic muscat. 🌺 Red wine discovers poetry, speaks softer. We are so into both vibrant expressions of what natural wine feels like. Other approximations of this feeling include nourishment, the first sweater of fall, connecting with a stranger you’ll never meet again, intimate books read on streetcars and growing your first cucumber. What we mean is, it feels like more. Join us from 6-7 for a structured tasting of our favourites - including the Rosso! - tickets in bio orrrrrrrrrr join us anytime after 8 for the main party - no tickets needed. 🌛 More profiles of feature wines all week. 🍇#nicewineinaniceplace #paradisegrapewitches
This Thursday we are having a party at @paradisegrapevine. 🍇🌹 We are featuring very nice wines in very small quantities that we’d like to tell you about. 🙏 Meet @_naturkinder_. We are thrilled to be pouring their Bat Nat - sparkling schwarzriesling (aka pinot meunier) grown amidst bat boxes!! 🦇 - and their Black Betty - foot-crushed Domina + Dornfelder grapes made into the prettiest dark rosé in which we wish to be pickled. 🐑 Naturkinder is the ❤️ project of Melanie and Michael who fell in love with natural wine by accident. It was not long before they were obsessed with the energy, vitality and flavour they found in wines without additives, filtration or added sulphur. Not long later they quit their jobs in science publishing to move back to Michael’s home town in Franconia and take over his family’s estate. They transformed the old estate - making wines since 1843!! - to a natural wine paradise. 🌿 They are dedicated to simplicity, honesty, authenticity, sustainability and of course beauty. Their website is a refreshingly frank look into the joys and struggles of agriculture and particularly agriculture without the safeguards of chemicals. ✨ Also on their site, they welcome dialogue to improve as winegrowers and human beings. W-o-w! Our dialogue begins on Thursday when we share the 5 bottles of each we private ordered for the occasion. 😍 Still a handful of 6-7 pm education hour tickets in our bio. No tickets needed for the main PARTY that BEGINS AT 8. More party wines on the gram all this week. #nicewineinaniceplace #paradisegrapewitches