Our compact list of drinks reflects our love of the classics as well as unexpected surprises. Shims and shrubs are our current favourite sharpeners and we make them here on site, but there are more traditional snifters we hope you will like too.
All the wines on our list are made by female winemakers. Why? Well, why not? The wine world is heavily dominated by men but there are growing numbers of women doing great things with grapes and our list is a celebration of some of the best. Several have been doing it for decades; others are newer to the game - we think all our wines have a certain feminine finesse and lightness of touch which sit well with our personality and with our food.
And because we like people to drink well but affordably, we add a modest cash margin rather than the usual restaurant mark up, so our wines offer brilliant value for money. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
APERITIF TIME: BEYOND THE G&T
Vermouths are our current favourite aperitifs, and we have probably the largest collection in Bristol. Ticking the box for a lighter tipple that's packed full of flavour, we offer ours on the rocks, with soda or tonic or in a negroni. Come and ask for a taste.
THE DRINKS CABINET
a series of tasting events bringing the best in booze to the good citizens of Bristol
Tuesday 9 October 6.30-8.00
Manzanilla Magic: exploring the art of the almacenista
We’ve had a decades-long passion for sherry, the incredible fortified wine from the south of Spain that makes the most perfect aperitif and is also great to drink with food.
Manzanilla is our favourite style, made in the coastal town of Sanlucar de Barrameda which gives it the wonderfully appetising salinity that we so adore. In celebration of International Sherry Week, we’ll be showing a range of manzanillas from the almacenistas at Bodega Callejuela - while most of the big sherry houses we know buy in their grapes and wine from other, almacenistas are small producers that grow their own grapes, and make and age their own wines.
If you think manzanilla is a one-trick-pony, think again: Beatriz Fernandez from the brilliant Iberian Drinks will be talking us through this great story and we’ll be tasting some fantastically varied manazanillas. including this year’s en rama bottlings (taken straight from the barrel with no filtering or fining) and some very rare and incredibly complex single estate and vintage wines. A must for sherry lovers, or for beginners who want to be in on the secret.
Tickets are a mere £20 including more sherry than you can shake a stick at, and some carefully chosen food to make them all sing. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book.