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'The bravest, most unique and daring wine bar in the UK? '
Latest Post The conversation started like this, perhaps...

"A Californian wine bar in London. Are you nuts? I left my heart in San Francisco (I really did, but that's another story), where did you leave your senses, somewhere between the Russian River Valley and Carneros? Wines are too expensive, there's no value there. It can't be done."

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This Week

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'Spring' opens this week in the gob smackingly beautiful re-furbed wing of Somerset House. Skye Gyngell's new restaurant is one of the most anticipated this year, and a first glimpse and taste of the wine list put together by sommelier Frank Embleton has revealed a list that sparkles with gems. Sugrue-Pierre sparkling from a Sussex vineyard, made by ex-Nyetimber winemaker Dermot Sugrue is a 60% Chardonnay/40% Pinot Noir blend of real poise and elegance. Look out for the Muscadet 'Cuvée Excellence' 2011 by Château du Coing de Saint Fiacre — at £29 it may well be one of the best value/quality whites in a London restaurant.

Collio Class

Andrea Visintini founded this twenty-four hectare estate in 1973 with vines in some of the sweetest spots of Friuli in Collio, North-East Italy, a region which produces some scintillating whites. Poised and elegant with a flash of red apple, a hint of white peach, and a touch of spice on the finish. Worthy of a case for home drinking. If it's good enough for The River Café, it merits a spot in your fridge. A classy drop.

Friulano 2013, Visintini, Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy