Social Wine and Tapas

39 James Street, W1U 1DL

A dynamic and searching list by sommelier Laure Patry and another addition to the burgeoning Jason Atherton empire.
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Food Type: Spanish

Glass Price: £ 5.50 (125 ml)

Phone number: +44 (0)20 7993 3257

Description

 

From the first listings of sparkling wines it’s clear that this list isn’t fumbling: Bride Valley from Steven Spurrier, Francis Boulard’s Brut Nature Champagne, and artisan Cava from Franck Massard. By-the-glass listings are particularly eclectic, taking in everything from Catalonia to Hungary, via the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Tempting wine flights

are assembled with themes including ‘Skin Contact’, ‘Madeira’ and ‘Different Styles of Jura’.

The Loire leaning reflects the sommelier’s background, which includes her own bottling of white and red Anjou, Clos de L’Elu. There is also a substantial list on Coravin – which allows Patry to serve DRC by the glass.

The list sashays through classic styles and appellations, while taking the zeitgeist of ‘natural’ and ‘funkier’ growers, ensuring you will find a partner to tasty tapas such as salted cod brandade, or larger plates including whole roast lemon sole with garlic. 

 

 

Expert Picks

Cava Mas Sardana, Franck Massard, Terra Alta - Spain - sparkling - £39

La Justice, 2013, Domaine de Bellevue, Loire - France - white - £70

Clones, 2014, Channing Daughters, Long Island - USA - white - £79

Ferrer Bobet, 2012, Priorat DOCa - Spain - red - £110

Liger-Belair, 2008, Corton Grand Cru, Burgundy - France - red - £165

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