Friday, February 20, 2009

The Winery, Burton-on-Trent

What do the following have in common...?

Verdicchio di Matellica ‘Terre de Valbona’, Cantine Belisario
Sauvignon/Semillon ‘Mangan Vineyard’, Cullen
Gevrey Chambertin, Domaine Taupenot-Merme
Jurançon Sec ‘Cuvée Marie’, Charles Hours
Pinot Gris, Mittnacht Frères
Vouvray Moelleux, Clos de Nouys
Riesling Erstes Gewächs, Schloss Vollrads
Soave Classico ‘La Rocca’, Pieropan
Manzanilla La Rubia, Valdivia
Condrieu Les Grandes Chaillées, Domaine du Monteillet

For me, they're the sort of wines that I'd be delighted to quaff my way through both at home and at a restaurant. However, in the list I put together last year for a new place called The Winery in Burton-on-Trent, these are the wines that five months after opening are at the bottom end of the popularity scale (while Pinot Grigo is at the top). A real shame, especially considering the very sensible wine pricing policy, but overall I'm very pleased with how the restaurant is going. For a new eatery to be full most nights in the current economic climate shows that The Winery is doing something right. If you're in the vicinity, do give it a try. I'm not asking you to drink any of the above wines, providing you plump for something equally inspiring, but do please report back here...


A Love of Wine by J and W said...

I like the wines from Taupenot-Merme a lot. Very clean, well made wines that’s respectfully traditional while exulting modern day finesse.

Which vintage is this and how much is it going for on the restaurant's list?

Simon said...

2005, and it's currently £52.90. But we're revising the list at the moment, and I'm not sure whether the price will remain at this level.

I'd recommend them opening it well in advance if you'd like to broach it now. Would be nice to offer something older but finding reasonably priced fully mature wines is close to impossible.