Jelle's Wine Newsletter - No. 4

Dear Member
It has been a while since my last On Wine Letter, as I am sure you have heard we were and still are very busy at the Club, hence I just took a tiny bit longer to find the time to do some writing.
Working with a much smaller team then we would like has given us some extra challenges, but it has been fantastic to see some many familiar faces in the Restaurant, Bar and Conference & Banqueting over the past few months and long may this continue.     

If you have been in the Club in the past few weeks, I hope you have enjoyed some of the new wines we now have on the wine list. We have added several red wines from South Africa, Australia, France and Spain which of course, I unfortunately have had to try once or twice, to make sure they are up to the Club’s standards. One of the harder parts of my role but it simply must be done, as nobody else seems to volunteer. :)

With the festive period fast approaching and hopefully a visit to the Club and London in the diary, I thought would write about a couple of places which are great for a glass of wine for a Monday night when our bar is currently closed due to our staffing issues at the Club.

The first one is only a stone’s throw away from the Club and is located on Villiers Street just outside Embankment Station. The place is called Gordon’s Wine Bar which was established in 1890 and is thought to be London’s oldest wine bar. It is truly one of a kind, a candlelit cellar full of barrels filled with wine, port and sherry which is perfect to indulge your self in cheese and wine.

If you prefer something a bit more modern and less 1890’s, perhaps a visit to The Black Book in Frith Street, Soho is an option. The Black Book is a former private members club for hospitality professionals which is now open for the public. It was founded and is run by 2 Master Sommeliers and has a fantastic wine list that changes almost daily. It is a great place to try great wines for very reasonable prices. Plus, the food they serve maybe not as great as Chef Paul’s but definitely worth giving a try.

Now you may be wondering what you are going to drink at Christmas so that you can get your on-line order done.
Personally, Christmas for me and my wife is the time of year we don’t hold back and get something special to drink on the 25th December.

Sometimes it is a bottle that we have been keeping for a long time or sometimes you come across something nice in the shops. Like I did with the following wine, which I found in Waitrose for £18.99.

This “Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon” is made in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California and is worth every penny.
It might be a full bodied wine but it is very smooth and easy to drink, full of blackberry, plum, and ripe cherry flavours.
I am sure it will be a hit around the Christmas table and I would suggest you buy more than 1 bottle!

I hope you have found this helpful and feel free to email me at if you have any questions or queries.


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