A new City haunt for wine-lovers
“Three enomatic machines will serve 24 wines by the glass.”The Artful Diner
This September there’s somewhere new to drink in the City and, unlike other bars, it’s a bar and wine shop devised by a master sommelier. I caught up with the man himself, Nicolas Clerc (below), to find out what makes the New Street Wine Shop that bit different…
Eat and drink
The “shop” has its own wine bar and seating for people to relax and drink its 600 wines (preferably not all at once!). You can also order small plates of cheese and charcuterie to enjoy with your drink.
A bar without the price tag
“People can come and buy one of the 600 bottles, then pay just £8 to sit and drink it in the bar,” says Nicolas. “It makes for very competitive pricing. In the Wine Shop you can buy a bottle of Petrus at retail price and pay just an extra £8 to drink it here in the bar.”
Sample lots of wines
Three enomatic machines will serve 24 wines by the glass, with one machine dedicated solely to iconic or vintage labels. Three different measures of 25ml, 75ml and 125ml mean you can choose how much you spend. “You could put £15 on a card, for example, then play around and taste different things,” explains Nicolas.
…the colour coded system
“With the system we have devised you can explore and help yourself to the style of wine you prefer with or without help,” says Nicolas. Wines are grouped by country, then by style. All 600 wines have been given a colour, corresponding to a giant chart on the wall. There are six styles in all – three for white, three for red and one rosé. (White: fresh, young & lively; perfume & pungent; suave & prestigious. Red: grace & elegance; earthy & complex; vigorous & powerful. Rosé: conviviality and joy.)
A specialism in Bordeaux and Burgundy
The shop specialises in good old Bordeaux and Burgundy, but there is also a good selection of all old and new world wine and a busy calendar of wine tastings to learn about them.
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