We sit in a cellar underneath deep in the bowels of Borough Market sniffing and slurping our way through half a dozen bottles of wine. I am part of a lucky group invited by Qype to Bedales for a complimentary wine and food tasting lead by Arnaud Compas whose official title is “Wine Drinker and Managing Director”. As we all contemplate how we could possibly have a job which includes wine drinker in the job description Arnaud leads us through a tasting of a selection of Bedale’s wine.
Photo courtesey of Qype since I forgot my camera
Arnaud is incredibly passionate about wine and his enthusiasm is infectious. He launches into lengthy explanations behind his championing of the wines on offer even drawing diagrams to describe the way the geography of certain regions can impact the wine. The wines Arnaud had chosen for us to sample were on the challenging side including a white Pinot Noir (Bourgogne Heresztyn 2006) and a bold and brash Primitivo from three year old vineyard Sutherlands Creek in Geelong, Australia. I was blown away by the Central Otago Conrish Point Vin Gris 2006 which was an intense super fruity red that tasted quite unlike anything I had tasted before.
As we tasted the wine we nibbled from slate platters containing cheeses and charcuterie from Rungis Market in France. It is said that the sign of a good chef is that they are a good shopper and Bedales could not have done a better job in sourcing the produce for the platters. There are a variety of cheeses including stinky and delectable Brie, Comte and Fromage de Foune d’Amber which is similar to Comte but made in the Pre Alps in France. Other highlights are the superb rich duck rilette and pickled garlic a nightmare for the breath but absolutely delicious.
Our tasting was complimentary but if you want to check out Bedales yourself you can buy a bottle of wine at retail price and then pay £8 corkage to drink it there. Alternatively on Thursday nights Bedales has “Flag” tastings where a staff member is on hand to discuss a selection of wines that is offered for tasting.
Details: 5 Bedale Street, Borough Market, London SE1 9AL (Ph 020 7403 8853)
Damage: Free for me but prices seem reasonable at £8 corkage
If you are in the Borough Market area then you are lucky as there are so many great places to eat there for a meal with a view try the Tate Modern Restaurant perched at the top of the Tate Modern. If you are looking for brilliant wine bars another option is Green and Blue but it is a bit further out of town in East Dulwich.