As London prepares to celebrate the wedding of the year this weekend, we seek advice from our local London Bridge wine experts at WSET School London on how to give the happy couple a royally good toast… THE ROYAL WEDDING WINE GUIDE by Lauren Denyer, WSET Certified Educator 1. An English Fizz What British royal wedding would it be if it didn’t feature English Fizz! Made in the same way and with the same grapes as Champagne this fizz is the ultimate wine to celebrate an English Wedding. And with a nod to the Father of the groom why not look at some that are coming from Cornwall. These wines are delicate and refreshing yet complex with lovely fresh citrus and orchard fruit character but with an underlying depth of flavours of sweet pastry, biscuits and toast. 2. A Greek White An influential figure in Harry’s life has been his Grandfather, Prince Philip. Philip has connections with two fabulous wine producing countries; Greece and Germany. If we follow his paternal lineage Philip’s own grandfather was George of Greece. A wonderful Greek white wine really making its mark in the world is Assyrtiko, a grape variety native to the island of Santorini. The dark volcanic soil there suits this grape extremely well and results in refreshing wines with a mineral and saline quality. This is a great spring wine and perfect accompaniment to zesty salads and white meat dishes. 3. A Tuscan Red Meghan Markle’s favourite wine is Tignanello, an Italian Tuscan wine. These wines have a lovely blend of red and black fruit characters with hints of spice, cedar, vanilla and a touch of leafiness. With high levels of acidity and a robust tannic structure these wines will compliment any red meat chucked on the BBQ, weather permitting! Look for wines with the Bolgheri DOC or Tuscany IGT labels which are full-bodied wines made with many grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and can also include the local grape variety Sangiovese. 4. A Californian Zinfandel California, where our future princess hails from is a huge producer of wine with styles ranging from cheap and cheerful to some of the most complex and expensive wines in the world. For those of us with a bit of a sweet tooth, you need look no further than Central Valley in California where much off-dry to medium sweet inexpensive wine is produced. Grab some medium white Zinfandel, a rose wine with bright pink colour and sweet flavours of strawberry, raspberry and red cherry. 5. A Spanish Sherry One could imagine that the guest of honour at this wedding (The Queen) would like to toast this wedding with a traditional glass of Sherry from Spain. The Brits have a strong history with Sherry including Sir Francis Drake stealing a lot of it in the 16th century ensuring its popularity in Britain. One of the very old Bodegas in Jerez, Lustau, produces an older Sherry named after the British Trading Company, The East India Company who transported silk, spices and tea in the 17th Century. With an average age of 15 years in American oak this or a sweet Oloroso or Premium Cream Sherry would be a fantastic something old to sip, with very complex notes of dried fruit, toffee, coffee, caramel, chocolate, walnuts and raisins. For something new use it as one of the ingredients in a cocktail or on ice with a slice of orange. Lauren Denyer is a Wine Educator certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the world’s largest provider of wines, spirits and sake education. If you’d like to learn more about wines and spirits, WSET School London on Bermondsey Street offers beginner to expert courses for enthusiasts and professionals. Visit wsetschool.com to learn more. AtLondonBridge Local Stockist Recommendations… Bedales, Borough Market Borough Wines, Borough Market Giddy Grocer, Bermondsey St B Street Deli, Bermondsey St
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust provides globally recognised education and qualifications in wines, spirits and sake, for professionals and enthusiasts. Each month WSET School London offers a number of evening tasting events for people wanting to learn more about a particular topic without seeking qualifications. These tutored tastings are delivered by subject experts or winemakers and are designed to be both fun and educational and delivered in an informal manner. See what’s coming up… Food & Wine Pairing – WSET School London – 10 May Never know if you should pair your merlot with meatloaf, chablis with shellfish, pinot with pasta? Fear not. In this practical introductory session you will learn how to pair food and wine to perfection examining how the main flavours in food – acid, salt, and sweetness – impact the perception of different types of wine. You’ll leave with the ability to look beyond the core ingredient of a dish and to instead use a dishes flavour profile to select a the perfect wine for pairing; Just like a professional sommelier. Ideal for wine enthusiasts, foodies and budding chefs alike! Introduction to Old World Classic Wines – 22 May If you are a lover of wine heritage and history, but have often been mystified by some of the labelling terms and jargon, join us for this Introduction to Old World Classics. We’ll delve into grape varieties in their native soils, and discuss why these European “terroirs” have become such a benchmark of wine excellence. This tasting will introduce you to some of the most famous and enduring European wines that have defined the wine world. Vine to Glass – WSET School London – 5 June This introductory tasting provides the skills to taste wines like a true professional – from appearance to palate. We’ll teach you how wine is made and what makes a wine different, both in the vineyard and the winery. Perfect for the enthusiast eager to learn more! Presented by Virgilio Gennaro, Wine Director at Giorgio Locatelli Consultancy. The tasting is held at WSET School London, one of the world’s leading wine and spirits schools, situated on vibrant Bermondsey street. **Why not bring a friend? Book two places for the same tasting and receive 50% off your second ticket! Available for phone bookings only. +44 (0)20 7089 3841**
Located in London Bridge Station, Isle of Flowers is South East London’s premier florist, priding themselves on excellent quality, beautifully arranged flowers at competitive prices. As experienced florists, they have a vast array of flowers and bouquets for all occasions including wedding flowers, bespoke bouquets and corporate vases. Exclusive Mother’s Day DealCard promotion: Isle of Flowers are offering London Bridge DealCard holders a free box of Belgian chocolates when you spend over £50 on fresh flowers. Offer valid 10th and 11th March, subject to availability. You can find Isle of Flowers on the upper level of the Railway Approach.
Londrino opened its doors in London Bridge in November 2017; observing Portuguese flavours, traditions and ingredients through the eyes of a chef who now calls London his home. Located on Snowsfields on the south side of London Bridge station, Chef Leandro Carreira’s highly anticipated solo venture offers an elegant restaurant experience with neighbourhood vibes. Diners can go all out a la carte or pop in for a glass of wine at the relaxed all-day bar for light meals and grazing. Exclusive to DealCard, Londrino are offering London Bridge locals a free glass of wine with lunch. Simply present your DealCard on arrival, or quote ‘DealCard’ when booking. Offer valid Tuesday-Sunday. Lunch sitting from 12pm – 2.30pm. Londrino has a continually changing selection of wines by the glass. Book now
Hong Kong based restaurant Duddell’s opened its doors in London Bridge in November 2017. In keeping with the traditions of its Michelin-starred Hong Kong counterpart, Duddell’s showcases authentic Cantonese dishes and hand-crafted dim sum, using only the freshest, premium ingredients sourced in the UK and further afield. Housed in the historic St Thomas’ Church, Michaelis Boyd (Soho Farmhouse, Soho House Berlin) has designed the interior with the aim to maximise the daylight and heritage elements of the Grade II-listed building – honouring original features such as the ground floor alter, whilst exploring contemporary twists. Duddell’s will also features an impressive standalone bar with a dynamic wine list of old and new world wines as well as classic and innovative Asian-inspired cocktails. Duddell’s Hong Kong was conceived to create a cultural and social destination for people with an appreciation for the arts, providing an inspiring backdrop where people could meet, eat, drink and socialize. The London restaurant follows suit, reflecting its creative roots in a menu packed with ingredient-led dishes that highlight texture and technique. Reservations can be made online at www.duddells.co or by emailing email@example.com or calling on 0203 957 9932.
Leandro Carreira’s highly anticipated restaurant and wine bar opened its doors in London Bridge in November 2017. Observing Portuguese flavours, traditions and ingredients through the eyes of a chef who now calls London his home. Located on Snowsfields on the south side of London Bridge station, Londrino offers an elegant restaurant experience with neighbourhood vibes. Diners can go all out a la carte or pop in for a glass of wine at the relaxed all-day bar for light meals and grazing. Patrons can expect dishes such as Clams Bulhão Pato with coriander, Octopus with red pepper miso, Fermented potato with egg yolk & mustard, Beef Maronesa and Mackerel with Savoy cabbage & smoked seaweed butter. Book your table here. Head Chef Bio Born and raised in Portugal, Chef Leandro Carreira began his culinary journey working in restaurants in his home town of Lisbon before setting out to hone his skills across Europe and the Middle East. With a three year stint at one of the world’s 50 Best Restaurants under his belt, his debut solo venture is an exciting prospect.
Located a stone’s throw from her big sister the ‘bustling’ Bermondsey Yard Cafe’, Melior St. is a small cosy venue with just 45 covers enabling executive chef Matt Reuther to flex his culinary muscles. With a lunchtime take away/pre-order menu alongside daily changing specials. Melior St. use the best suppliers to create a fusion of tastes and interesting dishes. With just two draft beers provided by ‘Lost Rivers Brewery’ named after the historical rivers that run under lost London, a further selection of craft ales and a great selection of new world wines including bio-dynamic examples. Melior St. are offering London Bridge DealCard holders 10% discount on food and drink. Valentine’s Special: Quote ‘DealCard’ when you book a table for Valentine’s Day and receive 20% off the final bill!
Located a stone’s throw from her big sister the ‘bustling’ Bermondsey Yard Cafe’, Melior St. is a small cosy venue with just 45 covers enabling executive chef Matt Reuther to flex his culinary muscles. With a lunchtime take away/pre-order menu alongside daily changing specials. Melior St. use the best suppliers to create a fusion of tastes and interesting dishes. With just two draft beers provided by ‘Lost Rivers Brewery’ named after the historical rivers that run under lost London, a further selection of craft ales and a great selection of new world wines including bio-dynamic examples. Melior St. are offering London Bridge DealCard holders 10% discount on food and drink.
The annual ‘Village Fete in the City‘ returns this September, celebrating the creativity and community of Bermondsey Street. Enjoy a rich and wide variety of experiences that reflect the characterful area at its best; from food, drink and fashion to the infamous annual dog show… Bermondsey Street Festival will take place on September 16th from 11am-6pm.