"A nice little stop-off for fans of wine"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
The first Crossrail trains won’t start running until 2018, but the effects of this new super railway are already in full force across London. This means that previously unremarkable areas like Abbey Wood and Forest Gate are suddenly all over the press with articles about their desirability (and of course, rapidly surging house prices).
Acton is one of these neighbourhoods. On the still sleepy Churchfield Road there are few businesses at the moment, but the ones that do exist are clearly aimed at an affluent crowd. There’s beauty clinic Nara which has a second branch in Chelsea, gastropub The Station House, the Park + Bridge wine shop, and wine bar Vindinista, run by the same husband and wife team, which almost acts as a distribution arm for the shop.
It’s an intimate venue, with a few stools plonked at the bar and at the window (it’s so small in fact that the customer toilets are outside, past the door to someone’s house). The lack of a cellar means that if a wine becomes too popular it’s taken off the menu as they’re unable to store large quantities to meet demand. This is no bad thing, given that the wines are made by small producers and have been carefully selected by the owners, so you’re unlikely to find them in supermarkets. There’s a snappily titled Bullshit (Bullshit Grauburgunder, to give it its full name) which they describe as being “so much more than boring Pinot Grigio”, and a very quaffable Three Choirs House Dry, a white wine made from grapes grown in the Cotswolds of all places. We’re warned the red 7 Fuentes smells a bit like a barnyard, but the taste is fruity rather than funky, and the oaky Susumaniello is comparable to a Chianti. Champagne fans will like the NQN Malma Cuvee Reserve, creamy and fizzy without drying the palate.
The food is suitably wine-appropriate: we try rich melted Taleggio and truffle butter on toasted hazelnut sourdough, a duck charcuterie board with slices of fatty breast, silky rillettes and peppery terrine. The pairing of the Morgadio da Calcada ruby red port with salted caramels, chocolate balls with liquid caramel centres is great, each sip of port a reminder of the chocolate.
Around 20 wines are available by the glass starting from £3.50, and you can get bottles to go for £10 less than the bar price. A nice little stop-off for oenophiles and anyone who enjoys the grape.
Leila reviewed Vindinista on Thu 13 Aug 2015Review disclosure: reviewer was invited to review