Tim’s Favourite Wines
On the corner at the end of the bar, you will find a number of interesting wines. It’s where I put the ‘bin ends’ or the ‘gap fillers’ – areas not covered by the wine list.
Please browse at your leisure. In the meantime, I have highlighted some of the star offerings below:
Due to the arrival and departure of various vintages, it has been necessary to source wines to replace the ones we have lost. Our most recent Côtes de Rhône offering is a Gigondas from Domaine la Haute Marron. It is every bit as good as it’s neighbour, Chateauneuf du Pape but less well-known and therefore cheaper. Everyone wins! From Bordeaux we have re-acquainted ourselves with La Tour de Chollet. We are now able to offer their ‘Cuvée Classique’ as our house claret and we have their Cuvée Exceptionelle’ Blanc Sec by the glass too. The white is a sublime blend of Semillon and Sauvignon and was awarded a ‘Commended’ in Decanter Magazine. The ‘Cuvée Prestige’ 2011 claret should not be missed and won a bronze medal at the International Wine Challenge 2015.
From the New World, I have an estate-bottled Pinot Noir with classy, silky tannins from Yealands Estate in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand or the delicious Dante Robino Reserva Malbec. The former is excellent with pork or guinea fowl, the later great with the lamb or fillet steak. Also on offer from Marlborough is the Isabel Estate Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes from this estate were sold to Cloudy Bay until 1996 but then they started to use the grapes themselves and have since wiped the floor with their famous rival.
Please ask for the new Italian red called ‘Duo’. This beautiful wine is a blend of Corvina and Cabernet Franc grapes and combines the expertise of two wine makers from two regions, hence the name Duo. At £24.95 it’s well worth a try. I am offering a white Rioja as a ‘house’ wine for the first time. This wine displays ripe fruit flavours with notes of date and banana which result in a mouth-filling finish and pleasant aftertaste. A snip at £17.95 and also sold by the glass. Do try it.
The wines mentioned above are just a few of what’s on offer at the end of the bar, so it really is a good idea to have a browse before choosing from the wine list. Please don’t forget that we offer a private purchase service at the Bakers Arms. You may have particularly enjoyed one of our wines from the list or from the bar and wish to enjoy it at home too. Tell us which one you like and we will order it for you to collect at your convenience. All you pay is the cost price of the wine (not the restaurant price) to the merchant concerned and we do the rest.
We’ll even load the car for you!