Heads up: 50% off at Vinoteca’s new Kings Cross branch
Thanks to messages of congratulations via Linked In, I realised that this month is the 10th anniversary of me being freelance – incredible. Let there be Riesling on tap! Similarly celebrating their 10th anniversary are Brett Woonton and Charlie Young, founders of Vinoteca which, next month, see its “most ambitious” opening yet at One Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London.
The Kings Cross branch will be the fifth member of the restaurant/wine bar group (the others being in Farringdon, Marylebone, Soho and Chiswick). Apart from being the largest, it will also be the first Vinoteca site with a dedicated wine shop and tasting space. All 250+ wines will be available to enjoy in the restaurant and I’m pleased to say that Vinoteca are strong supporters of Australian and Portuguese wine; they even have their very own Rodney and the Horse Clare Valley Riesling!
Aussie favourites from the current list include Mac Forbes R616 Riesling 2013, De Bortoli Pinot Gris & Friends, Battle of Bosworth (no added sulphur) Puritan Shiraz 2014, De Bortoli Estate Syrah 2010, Cullen Mangan MMPV 2012, Vasse Felix Cabernet Merlot 2011, Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Shiraz 2011 and Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.
And from Portugal, Quinta das Maias Dão Branco 2012 (quite possibly one of the best value organic whites I know), Quinta de Paços Morgado do Perdigão Alvarinho/Loureiro 2012, Casal Figueira Antonio Branco 2012, Filipa Pato FP Branco 2012 and Casa de Saima Bairrada Tinto 2012. A small but pretty perfect Port and Madeira selection too, plus always good to see the lesser-spotted (on UK lists) Moscatel de Setubal – Bacalhoa’s Decanter Trophy-bagging 2000 vintage at that!
On the food front I’m told Head chef Kieren Steinborn (Alain Ducasse, Michelin-starred Thackeray’s, head chef at The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe) has created a wide ranging menu drawing influence from across the Mediterranean and beyond which embraces the Vinoteca style of seasonally led rustic dishes using exceptional British produce.
And the all singing, all dancing doesn’t end there. In addition to serving breakfast and weekend brunch, for those on the go, they’ll be offering £1 espresso at the horseshoe zinc bar and a selection of freshly baked pastries and homemade cakes.
Vinoteca Kings Cross opens to the public in late March 2015. A soft launch period is planned to run from 10th – 19th March; during this period all diners will enjoy a 50% discount off all food and drink. Diners interested in attending the soft launch can sign up to the Vinoteca mailing list (found here http://eepurl.com/bdS94P ) to be the first in line for booking.
The wine shop at Vinoteca Kings Cross will open to the public on 2 March 2015, ahead of the general restaurant opening.