I’ve previously worked for bigger organisations so although I had a say over the wine list, ultimately I had to follow a set pattern ensuring the company made its targets. Opening our own place has been very liberating giving me the chance to offer my own favourites and something different for people to try.
Now, I know that most people love Sauvignon Blanc, especially from New Zealand so I had to have that on my list. The Waipapa is a bit of a secret find but is proving very popular (and drinkable). However, on the white side I’ve tried to introduce grape varieties that are less familiar. Viognier is my favourite grape and is usually full of gorgeous apricot and peach flavours. A delight to drink, we also offer it by glass and bottle. We also have Picpoul from southern France, Grillo from Sicily in Italy and Albariño from north west Spain.
Rioja is a perennial favourite of most red wine drinkers and Chris from our excellent wine suppliers Enotria and Coe suggested Ramon Bilbao as an excellent producer to go for so we have the Crianza (in reds meaning Spanish wines aged for 2 years including 6 months in oak) which we serve by both glass and bottle. It’s a gorgeous drop that will pair with many foods, especially the harissa lamb dish that is currently on our menu.
Also from Enotria and Coe is the wonderful Crasto Douro. Portuguese wine is really on trend and this wine reminds me of really good quality claret, though made from different varieties. Definitely worth a try, especially with red meat.