Social Wine and Tapas
Food Type: Spanish
Glass Price: £ 7.50 (175 ml)
Phone number: 020 7993 3257
A dynamic and searching list at this split-level Marylebone bistro, bar and wine shop, led by sommelier Laure Patry.
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. Glass listings are particularly eclectic, taking in everything from Catalunya 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', and there are several wines by the glass that are exclusive to the company in the UK, such as JM Stephan Vine de France (a natural, carbonic maceration Syrah planted in Condrieu) and Cascina Tavijn's Punk Crignolino from Asti. There's also a substantial list on Coravin – which allows Patry to serve DRC by the glass.
The collection of wines sashays effortlessly through classic styles and appellations, while taking the zeitgeist of 'natural' and 'funkier' growers, ensuring you will find a collaborator to partner with tasty tapas such as salted cod brandade and vinegar crisps, or larger plates including whole roast lemon sole with wild garlic.
Grown-up without being snooty, this is a very confident list at what is another hit of a venue within the burgeoning Jason Atherton empire.
By Zeren Wilson and Darren Smith
• Cava Mas Sardana, Franck Massard, Spain - sparkling - £39
• Grüner Veltliner 2014, Rainer Wess, Wachau, Austria - white - £36
• Traminer 2012, Tissot, Arbois, France - white - £62
• Bourgogne 2011, Thierry Mortet, Burgundy, France - red - £55
• Nuits-St-Georges 'Les Charmottes' 2009, Liger-Belair, Burgundy, France - red - £125