It's London Wine Week! The inaugural LWW celebrating all things wine, with three central wine hubs where you can collect your wristbands (thank you Fabric!). Armed with these, and a handy guide, you can mull around the hubs, sample wine flights (tasters of three or more wines) or premium wines for £5, or attend any of the events going on in over 120 venues all around the capital.
It runs from 2-8 June, and on Wednesday evening I popped into the Riedel Hub in Kingly Court to collect my wristbands, and have a browse around. Next I headed to King's Cross to meet my sherry- and wine-loving friend, and we popped into Bar Pepito in Varnisher's Yard, just off Pentonville Road. Right across the courtyard from Camino, we nabbed a barrel to sit at, and ordered a sherry flight for £5 (Five Pounds!). Sherry, yes, is usually an Emily Bishop drink, but it's always good to acquire new tastes. We had Los Tres Pueblos, which consisted of a dry, a medium and a slightly sweet sherry. My favourite was the Puerto Fina Reserve, it seemed to have a lot more legs than the other two!
|Sherry flights at Bar Pepito|
A great sherry deserves some accompanying tapas, and the menu recommends a matching tapas dish for each flight. We decided to ignore this wisdom, however, and chose a range of dishes which took our fancy:
|Gildas: Salty anchovies, pickled chilli, gordal olive and cherry tomato skewer|
Soon we moved onto a glass of the premium wine on offer - they have an Albarino, a crisp white fruity number, and an elegant Rioja with a spicy cherry flavour. With this we ordered some more tapas:
|Tortilla del Siglo XXI: Free-range egg and potato tortilla, Pepito style|
|Pate de pato: Duck liver paté with Amontillado jelly|
|Cecina de Leon: Cured beef from Léon, Manchego, truffle oil|
Tapas is one of my favourite kinds of food, and this menu was probably the best I've tasted in London. Served in a cosy, traditionally Spanish setting, on a sunny afternoon you'd feel as though you were in Barcelona. As the office people teetered away after their post-work swift one, the evening was relaxing, utterly delicioso, and all the more enjoyable for our special LWW treatment!
3 Varnishers Yard
The Regent’s Quarter,
King’s Cross, N1 9FD
020 7841 7331
Monday – Friday: 5pm – Midnight
Saturday: 6pm – Midnight