A trend I like amongst modern wine shops mixed with bars has been the self serve system. This is where you are given a card with a chip on it, which is loaded with a certain amount of funds. The card is inserted into machines, then you select different servings of your chosen wine at the press of a button. Just don’t forget to hold your glass under the nozzle! The system is a fairly economical way to try small amounts of many wines.
I’m not sure if this sustem has been the reality for some time, but I first experienced it in Bordeaux last year. Sadly back then I was lacking in time so could not stay for too long before a dinner reservation.
The M Wine Store is about 5-10 mins walk from Victoria Station, and has a restaurant on the lower ground floor. There is a shop at ground floor level and a small tasting area on the 1st floor.
On a Saturday this was a quiet place to try some wine before heading out to dinner. It’s not exactly got atmosphere in the tasting area, so don’t go expecting that. It may be possible to book out for a group for set times to make your own.
What’s cool about this is that it’s possible to taste some wines you’ve never had, or would not normally buy. I tried some excellent Argentinian Malbec and other more hefty reds, but there were lots of great white wines too, such as NZ’s Cloudy Bay.
A selection of some of the great wines are shown in the image above. I think M Wine Store import a lot of Malbec from Argentina, as there were about 4 or 5 different ones. So if you love your Mendoza Malbec, certainly worth a visit.
Even better is that due to a voucher deal courtesy of Time Out, I was able to sample £60 worth of wine tasting for just £30. My tastebuds are pleased that the card still has some funds on it, so I will be returning at some point in the future and may take a few bottles away with me too.