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you out of your comfort zone. Chinese food is
notoriously hard to match with wine, and there
is clear evidence here of the wines having been
The Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury,
Berkshire, RG20 8JU; 01635 528770
Put together by then UK Sommelier of the Year,
Yohann Jousselin MS, this list oozes pedigree.
The big budget behind it is obvious, but size is
no guarantee of success in Wine List of the Year;
it is the intelligence and imagination as much
as the 120 pages of wines that stands out here.
Poor vintages have been rigorously cut, and
the listing of lesser-known regions showed a
willingness to place quality and value for money
over glitz or ease of sale. There are, of course, a
lot of big-name French wines (including every
vintage of Cheval Blanc back to 1955), but
there are also brilliant Chilean, South African
wines, too. And
the selection of
Californian wines -
more than 300 - is
probably the nest
on o er anywhere
outside the US.
The Cherwell Boathouse, 50 Bardwell Road,
Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6ST; 01865 552746
Attracting sighs of delight from the judges, The
Cherwell list is classical rather than innovative -
but beautifully done. Clear, elegant and accurate,
it is incredibly easy to navigate, and gently
encourages you to try something di erent -
whether it's a ight of three small glasses of
di erent sweet wines for £8 or one of the
impressive selection of German Rieslings,
helpfully listed in ascending order of sweetness.
And the prices! There are outstanding wines
here on sale for about the same price you would
buy them at auction, like 1995 Mouton Rothschild
for £350 or 1989 Comtes Lafon Meursault for
£180. But this value continues at lower levels, too,
with some terri c wines at margin-defying prices,
such as Louis Roederer Brut Premier for £60.
Attractive, elegant, helpful and superb value, for
its list alone The Cherwell Boathouse should be a
must-visit for any serious wine lover.
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THE CHERWELL BOATHOUSE LIST IS
CLEAR, ELEGANT, ACCURATE AND
INCREDIBLY EASY TO NAVIGATE
The Vineyard at Stockcross
The Cherwell Boathouse
WINE LIST OF THE YEAR