With so much variety on offer, London is one of the finest places to explore wine tasting. Here are five stellar bars playing homage to the grape, perfect for group tastings or intimate dates.
Established in 1999, The Winemaker’s Club is growing in reputation as it supplies some of the city’s finest restaurants. Owner John Baum has opened up the shop within a Victorian viaduct in Holborn. Try this hidden gem with a tasting package for two that includes six introductory samples and an assortment of delectable cheeses and charcuterie.
Even if you’re not a budding sommelier, you will have heard of Gordon’s. This institution, the home of Friday nights in Embankment, has been family-run since 1890. The dark, cave-like tunnels, with rickety seats candlelight, provide an arresting atmosphere. Gordon’s transports you back in time, where you can pretend to be a spy or a revolutionary while tipping your glass.
This premium addition to the distinguished M brand offers a rare opportunity to experience enomatic wine tasting. You will be guided around the globe with six half-glasses of rare wines from different continents. A selection of tapas is on hand to partner with each drink.
This unassuming joint is a Leicester Square treasure. Founded in 1971, by the legendary Don Hewitson, the Cork & Bottle is dedicated to securing the finest growers around the world. It has a laid-back vintage vibe, noted food and an endless wine list.
There is no need to trek to Southern France to enjoy its robust delights, head to this super-chic bar in Chancery Lane. Baranis offers you the chance to sample rich Corsica and Provencal reds as well as succulent canapes and fresh goat’s cheese. It’s also the only place in London where you can play petanque (French boules) indoors!