There’s a good article in today’s Independent on the ‘Rock’n’roll’ sommeliers who are replacing ‘wine list dinosaurs’ in London’s restaurant scene. I’m not sure about the ‘rock’n’roll’ descriptor, but it’s great to see younger somms curating interesting wine lists and then selling these wines to punters. It’s just one symptom of the way that the London wine scene has changed for the better.
I was interviewed by Radio 4 earlier this week about the same topic, for a program that’s going to appear on the food show. Now I am not young – I’m definitely in old fart territory, but I try to get behind those who are pimping interesting wines, and I’m chums with some of the trendy young folk who are making all the waves, so I think that’s how I got included.
When I started writing about wine professionally, just over a decade ago, London wasn’t all that interesting for wine. There were some good wine shops, for sure, but there weren’t many interesting places that you could go and drink wine.
This has changed, and fast. And not only do many top restaurants have good wine lists now, but there are also some great wine bars. The list is growing. And two additions to the scene have been the enomatic dispenser and the Coravin (making it possible to sample smaller quantities of high end wines served in perfect condition).
Some of my favourite places? Sager & Wilde, Mission E2, Remedy, the wine bar at Wholefoods (Kensington), The Sampler, Brawn, Terroirs, Grain Store, Glasshouse, Chez Bruce, La Trompette… the list is a long one. Anyone else have favourites?