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 Vacqueras from Jèrôme Quiot. 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 a delicious, beautifully structured Saint-Émilion and from Porrera in Spain, a Priorat which is an absolute blockbuster with heady plum fruit and hoofing alcohol content! Another big red – our Amarone della Valpolicella is a firm favourite with many diners.
From the New World, I have the delicious Chilean TerraNoble Carmenere Reserva – great with the lamb or fillet steak. On offer from Marlborough, New Zealand 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.
I have two new Australian offerings for you to try. The first, an unoaked Chardonnay from Andrew Peace which has a lovely full mouthfeel but remains dry on the palate. Very smooth. The other is a red from the De Bortoli family – their famous Deen Vat Durif described by our wine merchant as ‘a chocolate monster of a wine’: rich and full bodied. Durif is the grape and was created by crossing the Peloursin grape with Syrah. It’s also known as Petite Syrah.
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!