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BIB NATURAL WINE TAPROOM DALSTON
After working at Covent Garden's Great Queen Street for six years, Kirsty Tinkler
(right, with chef Harry Kaufman) started wine club Weino London in early 2015,
to spread the word on natural wines. BIB first popped up as a Weino offshoot last
November, but now it's back, taking over Brunswick East Coffee in Dalston on
Wednesday to Saturday evenings for a six-month stint ending in October.
BIB stands for 'bag-in-box' and all of the wines here are on tap, keeping costs
low - prices start at £3 for a glass. "I'm a big natural-wine geek, but the ecological
stance of bag-in-box - which has an 80 per cent lower carbon footprint than wine
in bottles - is even more important," says Tinkler. "We're a bit hidden, but people
are coming and the bag-in-box thing is what they're really interested in."
Tinkler's list features a short selection of organic, biodynamic and natural
producers, including orange wines, served alongside dishes such as crispy pork belly
with chicory and rhubarb, devised by chef Harry Kaufman of Rubedo and Lyle's.
Brunswick East Coffee, 3 Gillett Street, N16 8JH; 07787 703004; weinolondon.com/bib
THE NEW ZEALAND CELLAR BRIXTON
New Zealander Melanie Brown (left) has stellar wine credentials,
including developing the list at �e Providores and Tapa Room with
fusion chef Peter Gordon (where she still consults), before moving online
with �e New Zealand Cellar website.
Opening a shop was next, but finding a prime location proved difficult
for a small business - until she discovered Pop Brixton, a community-led
space where local businesses are housed in shipping containers.
"Having always had the dream of opening a bricks and mortar location,
settling for a 20ft container felt like the perfect gateway to test the waters,"
she says. "We were naturally a tad dubious, launching a premium wine
store in the heart of Brixton, but as the last 12 months have unfolded our
initial reservations subsided extremely quickly as people flocked to a little
haven of NZ wine."
Punters drop in to buy bottles or stay for a glass of vibrant biodynamic
Sauvignon Blanc by Seresin, perhaps with pizza from Made of Dough or
a Baba G bhangra burger. Brown also organises regular free tastings with
visiting winemakers, such as Villa Maria's Sir George Fistonich.
Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ; 020 3633 3986;
The traditional wine bar is being reimagined, as
quirky drinking dens for wine lovers pop up in
local neighbourhoods all over London. We pay
some of them a visit WORDS JULIE SHEPPARD