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18 Hildreth Street, Balham, London, SW12 9RQ · t:020 8616 8658

18 Hildreth Street


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14th February

We're all pinching the pennies! Julia is scouring the world of wine for great value wines adding more and more £8-£13 wines that punch well above their weight. My hubby and I barely go out for a meal anymore when in 'flusher' times we ate out more than we ate in. Partly because I'm learning to love cooking (I'm experimenting with gluten-free so if you have recipes to swap let me know) and partly because the cheapest way to eat is to make it from scratch. I don't know about you, but when I've put hours into a meal it's really important to have a wine that won't disappoint.

11th February


The Christmas Wine tasting in December was such a big success that by popular demand we have
decided to make it a quarterly event.

Thursday 11th April. 7.30-9pm.

There will be up to 60 wines to try on the night! Emmanuel on the red table, Megan on the white wine table and I will man the Champagne and dessert wine table.

This time the event is ticketed and numbers limited, so every one has a chance to taste as many wines as possible in a relaxed and sociable manner.

There will be fine cheese, charcuterie, Taleggio and caramelised onion tarts along with some

10th December

I promised to tell you all about my Italian Feast! The important bit is that I had to wear my 'fat day jeans' the entire week after the food fest!
We started making foccacia at 10am (I say we but Bruno (sommelier at Bocca di Lupo and amazing chef to boot!) did all the hard labour) and while that was rising and resting and doing it's thing we prepped veal saltimboca, a squash & Gorgonzola risotto and roast red peppers. So yeah - we ate A LOT!
But this isn't about the food - I have priorities - it's all about the wine!

27th November

I'm officially researching Christmas wines! My brother and sister-in-law host Christmas Dinner for the 15 strong clan every year and I'm in charge of the wine this time and keen to wow everyone! Trouble is there's a very wide range of palettes - from my mother-in-law who drinks almost exclusively Sauvignon Blanc, my nieces who aren't really sure they like wine yet, my father-in-law and brother-in-law who only drink Rioja and just about everything in between!

19th November

This Thursday you can drop by The Wine Tasting Shop any time from 6 -9pm and there will be up
to 60 wines to try. Every thing from party quaffers at &7- £8.50 per bottle to rare and expensive
gift wine such as a Tokaji Aszu from Tokaj Classic 2007, Pierre Gaillard 2009 dessert Condrieu and
a range of top Burgundy.... Chassagne-Montrachet, Fixin, Savigny-les-Beaune and more.

There will be a table of whites with a selection of tarts and cheeses and Meghan will be there to
advise you on the best wines to match with your Christmas festivities and the story behind each wine.

6th November

I'm a small supplier of small production wines. Please bring in any Supermarket wine you
really rate and put it against my small production price equivalent and lets see what you as a consumer think!

Show me I'm wrong to champion small producers.

If I believe your choice is better I will give a free wine tasting worth up to £20.00 per person.

6th November

We are pleased to offer free delivery of mixed cases of wine to the Balham, Clapham and Streatham post codes and a flat fee of £14 per mixed case for national delivery within the UK.
This includes postage and packaging with a very reliable courier for next day delivery.

There is also a 5% discount on all 12 bottle cases of wine before the delivery charge is added.

Please phone us on 0208 616 8658 for any queries.

29th October

A wonderful selection of new wines arrived late last week from our newest supplier Vinothentic!

29th October

First things first- Hi! I'm Meghan, the new North American (ie Canadian) in the shop. I've been running Gastro Pubs in London for the past few years but decided a month ago to focus on my passion and devote myself to wine! One of the biggest changes in my life (apart from how much more wine I'm drinking) has been all the cooking I'm doing - when working with it day in and day out you kind of go off it and I never had the energy to get excited about cooking food when I got home... But now I cook to create flavours to complement the wine I want to drink.

15th October

Drop by on Tuesday to try a free sample of a range of new Bordeaux wines at the shop.
We have wines from the Left and Right Bank from 2005, 2006 and 2002.

If on your way home from work, there will be some great cheese and charcuterie to accompany
the samples.