Nothing says ‘summer’ quite like a pink hue in an ice-cold glass on a sunny day. Amidst a very un-British stint of sunshine in the capital, Rosé is officially having a moment. We speak to our Bermondsey Street neighbours at WSET School London for expert advice on picking the perfect bottle for your palate… Pink wine with its flavours of summer berries has always been a seasonal favourite and there are a multitude of styles available. Most Rosé wine is designed to be drunk when young fresh and fruity. What is in the shops now is ready to drink and not to be kept. Rosé wine should be chilled to around 7-10?c the same as a light white wine, this makes it the perfect temperature in this summer heat, don’t forget to keep it cool with the use of an ice bucket or a sleeve that you can keep in the freezer. There are different styles of Rosé for all palates, however all show lovely red fruit flavours such as strawberry, raspberry and red cherries. There are the more medium sweet styles like White Zinfandel from California which are very easy to drink and very easily available commercially, these will also tend to taste a bit of melon and candyfloss too! For another slightly less sweet style there are Rosé wines from the Loire Valley in France such as Cabernet d’Anjou which has very expressive fruit character and extremely refreshing acidity, this wine would pair well with a summer spicy dish, such as some chili and garlic prawns. For dryer styles you can look to Southern France and Navarra and Rioja in Northern Spain. The pale pink wines from Provence in the South of France are delicate, floral and fruity and can easily be drunk as an aperitif or just to while away a summer afternoon. For a bigger food Rosé, Tavel wines in the Southern Rhone are deep pink ripe red berry delights that would pair perfectly with grilled vegetables or oily fish such as salmon or tuna. For a fun bit of Rosé fizz look no further than Cava in Spain where they produce very affordable fresh, lively red fruit sparkles from the local black grape varieties. For dry styles of Cava check for Brut on the label and Demi-Sec for sweeter styles. WSET Certified Educator, Lauren Denyer – #AtLondonBridge Recommends Whether you’re dreaming of alfresco or air conditioning, these London Bridge bars offer a great selection of wines: BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen Londrino Prosecco House The Rose Vivat Bacchus The Ivy Tower Bridge
Hiver, The Honey Beer are offering DealCard Holders 2 pints of Hiver Beer for 1 (£5) every Friday from 4-8PM Hiver was born out of an admiration for London’s urban beekeepers and a passion for great quality beer. Using a blend of urban & rural honeys from independent British beekeepers to produce a distinctive and moreish beer. The Hiver Taproom and Hivequarters can be found at the end of the famous Maltby Street food market in Bermondsey. Part of the popular Bermondsey Beer Mile, this charming arch serves the whole of the Hiver range, including the classic blonde beer, honey ale and honey IPA, as well seasonal limited editions that you can only try exclusively at the Taproom. The ideal location for a relaxing drink after work with friends! Exclusively available to London Bridge DealCard holders, every Friday from 4 – 8pm. http://www.hiverbeers.com
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
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. You can find Isle of Flowers on the upper level of the Railway Approach.
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!
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.