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Wine, beer and booze – Wapping’s Victualler wine bar to celebrate first birthday

Wine, beer and booze – Wapping’s Victualler wine bar to celebrate first birthday

“It has only taken a year, and the secret is now well and truly out”, says Colin Hampden-White, a wine journalist and photographer living in Wapping who kindly shares his review and recommendations with us here.

Pronounced Vitler, which those who have been, will know.

Victualler is a wine bar and purveyor of fabulous charcuterie, which first opened its doors in Garnet Street, Wapping on 20th August 2012.

Owned and run by the enigmatic Daniil, it has now been open for a year.

Many incarnations have preceded, but non have really hit what Wapping was after in the way Victualler has. Pleasing everyone’s palate from the yummy mummy brigade to the wine aficionado.

Victualler wine barThe wine is varied, and the list ever changing with always something interesting to try. And if you have no idea what you might like, Daniil will happily taste a few wines with you, giving fascinating incites to the wine until you are ready to choose your favourite.

Daniil loves people to drink his wines, but more importantly, Daniil wants people to drink the wines they love.

Many of the wines are Natural, Biodynamic or Organic, with fewer or no chemicals in these wines, the next morning is easier to bare.

There are wines by the glass, bottle and retail to take home.

Along with the wines Daniil has painstakingly chosen some great cheeses and meats from around the globe, including a new charcuterie supplier from Monmouthshire in Wales supplying delicious salamis and cured hams.

There are also certain days he manages to get fresh Whitstable oysters. Marvellous with a rich mineral Chardonnay.

The wine list isn’t too long to be impossible to navigate.

Colin’s wine and beer recommendations

My recommendations by the glass (all between £5 and £10).

Victualler wine bar in wapping

Sparking:

Gimonnet, Cuis 1er Cru Brut NV, Champagne.

Pure, floral nose. The palate is racy and energetic with traces of stonefruit, and brioche with underlying minerality. Great purity and has a long, crisp, slightly nutty finish. A lovely Blanc de Blancs.

White:

Zarate, Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain

Fabulously fruity, lots of blossom and peaches, but still dry with a fresh finish leaving your palate ready for mo

Sancerre Les Quarterons, France

Creamy palate with classic Sancerre citrus fruits mixed with a little tropical fullness. A long finish. Good whether the weather is hot or cool, drunk with or without food, this wine is a great all rounder.

Red:

G.Descombes, Morgon, Beaujolais, France.

A light but intense wine, lots of cherry and raspberry with a fresh finish.

Battle of Bosworth, Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia

A powerful wine with lots of classic cassis, blackcurrant and blackberries, but not jammy sweet or over extracted helped by graphite and cloves making it cool and spicy. Firm Tannins and good acidity on the finish.

By the bottle:

Sparking:

Domaine de Veilloux, Cremant de Loire Brut, France.

Great Value alternative to Champagne. A blend of 36% Chardonnay, 32% Menu Pineau and 32% Chenin Blanc.  Made in the traditional method. It has a light fresh elegant nose of citrus with a touch of yeast and a very textured palate that finishes with a fabulous zip of crisp acidity. £28.99

White:

Bruno de Conciliis, Fiano Donnaluna, Campania, Italy

From high-altitude vineyards looking out toward the Mediterranean, Bruno DeConciliis specializes in full-bodied, fruit-forward wines. The nose is clean  and refined with hints of apple, pear and plum followed by aromas of hazelnut and peach. The palate has good correspondence to the nose, balanced good body, and intense flavours. The finish is persistent with flavours of apple, pear and plum. £29.99

Leflaive et Associes, Rully Blanc, 1er Cru, Burgundy, France.

A beautiful, stylish wine with fresh floral notes, fine balancing acidity and excellent precision on the palate. Lively but also with a depth of character with honey and butter. A lovely long refined finish. £51.99

Red:

Mas d’Alezon, Le Presbytere Faugeres, Languedoc, France.

This is from 2001 as this wine takes time to mature. It is rustic with floral and herbal notes. Silky with eucalyptus. This wine has very low sulphates so will keep on pleasing the morning after. £26.99

Cellar Escoda-Sanahuja, Coll de Sabater, Conca de Barbera, Spain.

Oxidative in nature, but very well integrated with chocolate and prunes. Dusty, robust and rustic but with mature tannins and a  relatively fresh finish. £35.99

Beer

There are beers are by Kernel and are all worth a try being complex refreshing and instantly likeable.

Join Victualler wine bar’s first birthday party

Victualler wine shop and bar invite you to a Wapping celebration of their first birthday on Saturday the 14th of September 2013 from 5pm to 11pm.

There will be light music entertainment and every guest will receive a complimentary glass of wine upon arrival.

Find Victualler wine bar at 69 Garnet Street, Wapping E1W 3QS (020 7481 9694) [view map].

Victualler is open every day from 2pm – 11pm and is online at www.victualler.co.uk.

About the author

Colin Hampden-White is a freelance wine journalist and photographer living in Wapping who contributes to Condé Nast and LUX amongst others. Find and follow Colin on Twitter @champdenwhite.

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