What is 52 Grapes?


The aim of 52 Grapes is to try a different grape each week for a year, starting January 2018.


In 2016, Andy set himself a challenge to try 366 (it was a leap year) different beers. He managed 420. In 2017 the challenge was to have a different cocktail every week. So, having covered beer and spirits, the remaining challenge is obviously grape.

Luckily for Andy, his ever so patient girlfriend Emma is one of only approximately 365 masters of wine in the world. The grape pages are all written by her, and she will expertly guide us through the 52 grapes, from the ubiquitous Chardonnay to the less well known Xinomavro.


A grape schedule will be published and populated a few weeks in advance. Each week, Emma will describe what to buy (e.g. Head to the Spanish reds and find a wine that is made from Tempranillo, start with the Riojas and check the label, try to get a Crianza). Emma will write a review sharing her thoughts on what she can taste, how well each wine represents the grape, and a few other handy facts. Andy will then comment with what his untrained palate is telling him. You are then invited to create an account and comment along each week.