Weekend Wine Update - LONDON
Ah, London. It's funny - when I lived here (or close enough at least) for 3 years I was not really a fan. The weather, the prices, the hassle of getting from place to place, the millions of people. I only really liked SouthBank because of the more relaxed artsy scene but that was about it. However! Ever since I moved back home, I've been visiting often and now I absolutely LOVE it. Always exploring new areas and places thanks to knowledgable friends who stayed on, the city actually has a crazy amount of awesome things to offer, especially in terms of affordable really good wine and drink. Under the right circumstances, I could even see myself moving back!
On Friday, I had too much fun and too much wine to remember to take pictures but my wonderful friend and classmate from WSET Alex took us around the bars at Liverpool street that were all packed with after-work people desperate for some vino. Wine highlight number one of the evening was tasting the refreshing white Picpoul for the first time ever - its really an easy and accessible wine but fun everyday drinking. Needs to be cold though!
We then went on to Boisdales - tucked away in a little dodgy alley but with a great atmosphere. Wine highlights continue with a Piper Heidesick Vintage Brut 2006 and a magnum Chateau Rahoul 2009, mostly because a good friend got a promotion at work so we were feeling celebratory. However, must say it was funny that I repeatedly tried picking wines that turned out to be unavailable which is a shame considering the wine list wasn't that big. But it happens to the best of us.
Next day it was brunch time with my favorite person in the world - Jessie. We went for an Australian place called Granger&Co which has multiple spots over London. Tbh - I was a little disappointed. The place was beautiful and the ricotta hotcakes then saved the day but my main, poached eggs with a bunch of veg were odd. One egg was overdone, the other underdone and the whole thing was well... Cold. But I had prosecco and Jessie by my side so life was good.
From brunch we moved on to Soho to check out my new watch crush - Shinola. After managing to not splurge on the magnificent piece of horology and applying my knowledge of opportunity cost in practice, we decided to celebrate with some vino, naturally. Being too lazy we just randomly went around the corner and stumbled across Antidote. Being in Soho, I was a bit scared it was going to be overpriced and a bit snobby but oh boy, were we positively surprised!
Not only were the prices reasonable given location and quality, but it was the best customer service I've had in a while. Our hostess was kind, charming and attentive and recommended us EXACTLY what I wanted. I told her I was looking for something not too overpowering in terms of fruit and tannin but still warm and peppery with a good spice. She came up with this heavenly Languedoc-Roussillon Syrah-Mourvedere-Grenache blend that was the exact manifestation of what I wanted - snuggly, good spice, medium body. Like a warm scarf of a cooler autumn day. I was duly impressed and we slurped the bottle outside in no time.
Saturday was finished off with an amazing dinner and cocktails at Dishoom with my good friend Zak. We waited for almost two hours but it was so worth the wait. The calamari! The biryani! And that Gimlet! Plus considering how much food and drink we had, what we paid was a steal. Highly recommended.
We finished off the weekend on Sunday with more brunch and the longest walk of all times around East London that I now love and adore. And the sun was shining! Just good times all over. Till next time <3