Worried about your wine choice when turning up for that dinner party? One of the world’s oldest and most exciting wine producing regions, Germany has been turning out stellar bottles for centuries, so whether you’re searching for something to pair with the Sunday roast, or a summer aperitif, German wine has the answer.
Here’s a few of our favourite haunts for hunting down a bottle of Riesling in London:
‘Home is where the wine is’, the Winery’s motto, seems like a great maxim to live life by. With Germany as one of their specialist regions, the Winery’s range of over 100 different German wines can
seem daunting to choose from, although knowledgeable staff will always be on hand to help navigate this tricky decision! Look out for the frequent producer tastings here, for the chance to meet the winemakers themselves.
Not sure of what you want as you walk in the door? Don’t worry and head for Vagabond, where you can do some enjoyable ‘research’ beforehand; here the walls are covered with wines on tap in their enomatic machines (that preserve the quality of the wines and let them sell by the glass), so you can try before you buy.
Lea and Sandeman have been advising both collectors of fine wines and the public on what they should be buying for 30 years, so it’s no surprise that they have a great supply of German wines to recommend. They will happily advise on your cellar but equally keen to help you pick out a bottle of Silvaner for you to enjoy with dinner that evening. Keep an eye out for their promotions on mixed cases – such as this Spätburgunder case – these can be a great way to pick up a bargain.
With four sites dotted around the city, Planet of the Grapes has a lot to offer for the discerning drinker: private rooms, tutored wine tastings, bustling wine shops, a coravin selection, seasonal foods and some awesome wine events (Champagne and hip hop anyone?). Offering over 300 wines from around the world, pop in to top up on your favourite German wine or to get a recommendation from the friendly staff on hand to help.
Can’t be bothered to schlep to the shops? Get your German wine to come to you! This ingenious app was launched by the owners of 10 cases – another great Covent Garden spot for German wines. Drop runs a service that bring the wine straight to you – with free same-day delivery. On top of this, there is no minimum order and they have a good selection of German wines, across a few price points.
Don’t forget, there are loads more chic bars and great wine shops where you can find that perfect German wine for the occasion. Do drop us a line if we have missed out your top spot!