The 10 Cases
Food Type: European
Glass Price: £ 4.50 (175 ml)
Phone number: 0207 836 6801
A lovingly put together wine list in an enclave of good drinking on the edge of Covent Garden. Something of a wine geek destination, 10 Cases is a two-sided affair consisting of a 'Bistrot à Vin' and a 'Cave à Vin'.
The Bistrot à Vin is a small restaurant ( a monthly changing menu of modern European fare) with a short wine list: 10 white, 10 red, one sparkling, one rosé and two sweet wines. As the company name suggests, they only purchase 10 Cases of any one wine. Once a wine has sold through, the list changes – so the same wine will never be listed twice. Everything is available by the glass, carafe and bottle. As well as an eclectic range of fine artisanal drops, there's an eyebrow-raising selection of magnums and an excellent range of sweet stuff. In short: something for everyone to discover.
The Cave a Vin is a wine bar and shop with a dynamic 150+ selection of great wines from all over the world at all price points, aiming to offer the best value wine list in London available to drink in or take away. The overall aim here is to give guests access to incredible wine at the best price in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. And it's true that, for such a central location, the feel of the place is like a homely neighbourhood hangout. Retail sales at the wine bar ensure the fun can continue once you leave.
Interesting selections include Nicolas Joly's Coulee de Serrant Savennières, Burgundy-style Chardonnay from Sandhi in Santa Barbara and a 2001 Château Musar.
By Zeren Wilson and Darren Smith
• 'Cuvée de Reserve' Blanc de Blancs NV, Pierre Peters, Champagne, France - sparkling - £58
• Riesling Sekt 'Reserve' 1991, Peter Lauer, Saar, Germany - sparkling - £67
• Chenin Blanc 'Coulee de Serrant' 1996, Nicolas Joly, Savennières, France - white - £112
• Vitovska 2012, Edi Kante, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy - white - £44
• Rene Rostaing 2005 Côte Rôtie, Rhône, France - red - £77
• 'Dry Red No 1' Yarra Yering 2009, Yarra Valley, Australia - red - £76