Something New on New Street

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The more places to buy wine, the better! As of September 12, Londoners will have a new destination to peruse, sample and shop – the New Street Wine Shop.

Part of the D&D restaurant group, the New Street Wine Shop is a colourful, well-designed store located in London’s oldest existing warehouse built by the East India Company in the late 1700s.  The shelves boast a range of 600 wines all hand-picked by Master Sommelier, Nicolas Clerc.  The idea is to offer an interesting mix of the classics (Bordeaux and Burgundy are well-represented) and the unusual (Austrian Neuberger and Brazilian Chardonnay are just two examples).

There is also an impressive and atypical selection of Grower Champagne, several of them sourced from Vine Trail who works with tiny, artisanal producers, some of whose wines come from vineyards as small as 2.2 hectares.

To help shoppers navigate the wines and find a bottle that suits their taste, they have assigned seven coloured-coded categories ranging from ‘fresh & youthful’ to ‘dense & velvety’ that correspond to the colours of the shelf-talkers on many of the wines. (Image below)

If you work up a thirst while browsing, there are three Enomatic machines serving 50ml, 75ml and 125ml measures of weird, wonderful and aspirational wines.  As shop manager and sommelier, Claudio Martins, said of the machines they are ‘like Oyster cards for wine – top up and travel through the selection!’

The Highlights:

  • 35 wines under £10
  • 16 wines available for tasting on Enomatic machines
  • Pull a bottle off the shelf and enjoy it there for just £8 corkage (and as a wine-shop-warming to all of us, corkage is only £4 until the end of October)
  • Charcuterie, cheese, olives and bread are available to enjoy on one of two large sharing tables
  • The store is open from Monday-Saturday 11:30am-9pm

In addition to the New Street Wine Shop, D&D have also opened two other restaurants and a bar on the same street. The Fish Market is an informal eatery, New St. Grill is a modern British steakhouse and the Old Bengal Bar (complete with outdoor terrace) is a haven of classic cocktails and vintage cognac.