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June 2017 - Newsletter

Open for business!

Last week we kicked-off our first residency at The Clerkenwell Kitchen featuring our English wine-led menu under the banner of the Evening Standard's London Food Month. I can't tell you how great it feels to be operating like a proper restaurant. We have a fantastic menu and a fantastic wine list. All we need now is for you to come along to see it for yourself.

As well as featuring the best of English wines, we are championing great British produce, redefining and reinventing British dining in our exquisite and innovative menu. The menu includes our Guinea Fowl, Barley Risotto and Confit Yolk dish to pair with Henners Reserve 2010 or our medley of Heritage Carrots and Goat's Curd paired with our quirky Litmus Orange wine (this dish can turn any carnivore veggie).

Bookings can be made via hello@vintwined.com or by phone 07875560776. I hope you are able to make it along. Open Wed-Fri throughout June, Kitchen opens at 7pm bar service from 5pm.

Join the English wine revolution

You may have noticed that I've been banging the drum for English wines lately, in case you missed it, check out this article in the Guardian. There is a huge gap between perception and reality when it comes to English wines. The reputation is still stuck in our frankly poor quality past but the reality is that the growing conditions and the expertise of vineyards here has improved massively over the last 10 years. We are now producing award winning wines that are knocking Champagnes off their pedestal in blind tastings. English wines should be the next Prosecco or Picpoul de Pinet. I remember telling people about Picpoul whilst it was some obscure wine that nobody had heard of, now it's in almost every bar, pub and restaurant. How did it become so successful? More than anything it was word of mouth backed up by an easy drinking crowd pleaser (Prosecco is a similar story).

So we need the same to happen for English wine, we have a great product we just need the word of mouth to spread. So next time you want an elegant drop of fizz think English Sparkling instead of Champagne, next time you want a refreshing zippy white think Bacchus instead of Sauvignon Blanc and next time you want a light red to go with your Sunday lunch think of English Pinot Noir rather than a burgundy. Tell your friends about it, get them to try it and I'm sure they'll be hooked. Better yet, bring them to me and I'll let them try a few things, I'm pretty sure I can win them over.

What's next?

The honest answer is that I don't know - we are still testing the water with our Residency at The Clerkenwell Kitchen. If it works out we will stick around for the rest of the summer. If not, we will have a re-think and try out a new venue, new menu or both. For now though all our efforts are going into making a success of the June residency. To that end I have decided to pause the Corks and Canapes series for the time being, we hope to bring this back one day, perhaps when we have our own premises.

 

Hope to see you soon - Happy drinking!

 

Neil

Alfresco dining with beautiful charred Mackerel and crisp yet complex Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve

Alfresco dining with beautiful charred Mackerel and crisp yet complex Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve

Vegetarians are not overlooked - This sexy carrot dish really whets my appetite and works so well with our Litmus Orange wine - you forget about meat when vegetables taste this good

Vegetarians are not overlooked - This sexy carrot dish really whets my appetite and works so well with our Litmus Orange wine - you forget about meat when vegetables taste this good

Peach and Orange Trifle, Biddenden's Special Mead and a summer sun-set are the perfect end to a meal

Peach and Orange Trifle, Biddenden's Special Mead and a summer sun-set are the perfect end to a meal