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18 Hildreth Street


  Our Blog about wine, life and all things Delicious

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.


9th October

Do you judge a book by its cover? Consider Catch-22, The Beach and The Great Gatsby.
Can you apply the same adage to wine?

We are looking at our best-selling Les Cepages Oublies, a winning blend of Gros Manseng and Colombard grapes- both widely grown in the Cotes de Gascogne, near Toulouse.
What is it showing? The soft green label has an old-fashioned look but the wine is anything but.
It is fresh, fruity, up-to-the-minute, and totally drinkable- at £8.50 a bottle.

9th June

At The Wine Tasting Shop, our familiarity with the style and story of each wine, and our "hands on" approach to customer service make us a popular destination for the purchase of gift wines.

Whether it's a Christening gift made for ageing in the cellar, a celebratory bottle of champagne, or just a nice gesture on a budget, we've loads of choices. And, if you've chosen a gift wine with us before, you know we are always happy to take that extra time & find the perfect bottle for any gift occasion.

7th June

Dinner with Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Inspired by a recent clip of Jamie Oliver knee deep in a herb garden and cooking fresh British asparagus on a tiny transportable hob, I decided last night's dinner was to be a culinary adventure - attempting to duplicate both his recipe and his sense of experimental nonchalance (whilst still doing everything in my power to make sure the result was perfect, and pouting when things went awry).

25th April

We are pleased to announce that we've been collaborating with the creative culinary team at nearby restaurant, Harrison's.

On the 30th of May, we'll be bringing our creations to you in a Food & Wine Pairing Event, held at Harrison's.

The event will feature 8 of our fabulous boutique wines, paired with 8 different tasting portions of Harrison's modern and exciting cuisine.

Several of the dishes have been designed to pair uniquely with specific wines from The Wine Tasting Shop, whilst other dishes are Harrison's top recommended dishes, and we've chosen the wine to compliment them.

23rd March

New in the shop this week!

Three fresh Sancerre wines by Paul Prieur & Fils.

20 hectares of Pinot Noir(5 ha) and Sauvignon Blanc(15 ha), from which winemaker, Didier Prieur, makes an elegant mineral Sancerre Blanc, a fresh dry Rosé of 100% Pinot Noir, and a Rouge with super fine tannin and refreshing cherry fruit - perfect lightly chilled for a Spring picnic!

Soils are mostly limestone, known as "terres blanches", and vines average 35 years old.

Sustainable vineyard practices, and wines of balance, verve, and freshness!

28th February

Celebrate your next birthday, hen party, corporate do, parents evening, or other social event with a private wine tasting at The Wine Tasting Shop.

Our Private Events have become an integral part of our business in the last year, and we are delighted with the increasing popularity of these events.

9th January

Dear The Wine Tasting Shop Enthusiasts,

It has recently come to our attention that our contact email feature on has not been functioning properly.

We have now fixed the problem, and will promptly answer all inquiries sent via the email address and contact form pages.

Please accept our apology for any unanswered inquiries, and please do re-send your emails and inquiries, as we are eager to be of service.