The London Reporter gets slightly tipsy on red wine, white wine and even a little port at the cutest wine bar you’ve ever seen.
A few weeks ago, we'd had quite a hectic day of gallivanting around town. It was London's annual Open House weekend whereby you can have a good nose around properties usually closed to the general public. Afterwards we headed out West to Acton to try out the fairly-new-kid-on-the-block local neighbourhood bar Vindinista.
It's a cosy bar with elegant dark wood panelling and a minimalist feel with stools along the main bar and more at the large window which looks out onto the main street (great for people watching as you can imagine).
The owner, Paola Tich was very warm and welcoming and spoke to us about the bar before walking us through the wine list. Now this bar prides itself on making it’s wine super accessible and Paola was particularly proud that all of the wines are slightly off the beaten track. Paola and her staff use rather quirky one line descriptions on the menu to get to the point about every wine (so no fluffy talk here!).
For example, A Keermont Terrasse White from South Africa is described as a rich Chenin blend to make you purr, so for anyone who doesn't wish to get bogged down by too much wine talk but is still interested in what they’re consuming, this is an easy way of making sense of it all.
First up we had a flight of white and red wines. It’s a great way of getting to know what you like quickly and I’d encourage you to give this a go anywhere!
Meanwhile we munched on what these guys are being championed for on social media - truffle toasties! It’s fair to say that this will knock your socks off and is exactly what you crave for if going all out on a wine tasting session. The challenge is then to remember which wines go best and be able to say why!
Now don't expect a three course meal here. It’s all about grazing, although the portions are a good size. We went on to enjoy yummy trout on toast, another toastie (yup, they are THAT good!) and munched on olives as we sipped on various wines stocked high up on the bar - literally!
As it became darker outside, we were immersed in candlelight and enjoyed the chilled ambiance. We were then invited to try a chocolate truffle that bursts in the mouth and was then washed down with a spot of port (remember this trick for your next dinner party).
All the staff are really enthusiastic and wanted to get you excited and enthusiastic for everything they stock and I was thoroughly won over by their passion. Grab yourself a glass now ;)
Address: 74 Churchfield Rd, London W3 6DH
Disclaimer: We were guests of Vindinista. All thoughts are our own.