Every year the Beverage List gets a shakedown and some of our staff (above) have the terrible task of tasting the chosen new wines! We look at the suitability of old wines, wines that have been discontinued and wines that don’t sell well for possible replacements. We also look at new trends in the market, emerging wine regions and grape varieties. All of this is done in light of the Spring budget and inevitable Duty increases to alcoholic beverages.
We haven’t changed too many wines this year, although a handful of French wines have been reviewed. We have chosen the classic Sancerre and Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines, along with a newly popular Picpoul de Pinet.
We have introduced a new House Champagne from renowned wine importers Justerini & Brookes.
Their 250th Special Cuvee was introduced celebration of their 250th anniversary in 1999. Made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes by Paul Dangin in the Côtes de Bar, the wine is left on its lees for three years and drinks perfectly!
Another stunning new addition is our Albario from Bodega Garzon in Uruguay. Located 11 miles from the Atlantic coast, this winery has won multiple wine awards, including ‘New World Winery of the Year’ from the Wine Enthusiast magazine.
To finish off the list, we have also introduced a pair of higher end Champagnes from Collet. It is the oldest Cooperative in Champagne, created in 1921, and the evocative Belle Epoque style is showcased on their packaging. We also have a stunning Provençal sparkling rose from Mirabeau, called ‘La Folie’ – a firm favourite of our Events Executive Nicola below.