In 2009 James Dawson launched Humble Grape, a wine company specialising in handcrafted wines produced from small, independent vineyards, last year they opened their first bar and shop in Battersea and next month wine drinkers in the City (so pretty much everyone) can rejoice as they’re opening their second site on Fleet Street.
Not just a wine shop, Humble Grape is also a 200 seat bar, events space, private dining room and wine cellar and you’ll be able to drink at the bar, attend tastings and wine maker dinners or just pick up a bottle to take home. Continuing the focus on handcrafted wines from small, sustainable, independent vineyards from across the world; the wine list will feature 30 wines available by the glass or carafe and over 200 wines available by the bottle. Highlights are said to include Blackwater Underdog, Chenin Blanc, MMXIV 2014, Stellenbosch and from Panzano, Chianti are the Vecchie Terre Motefili wines. Here’s a wine fact for you; they’re the first region in its entirety to adopt biodynamic farming – it does mean they are constantly trying to outwit the pesky wild pigs that snaffle up the grapes though.
Of course you’ll need something to nibble on whilst you’re drinking which is why Head Chef Anna Allan has created Humble Plates (they too are sourced from independent suppliers) expect to find the likes of Galician octopus with chargrilled leeks, triple cooked new potatoes and lamb Ribollita stew.
Working with architect Jean Dumas of Trellik Design Studio, Dawson has chosen natural ambers and smoky greys to set the tone. Aged woods, corks, concrete and Portuguese tiles will be joined by teal leather banquettes and industrial lighting. Old Champagne riddling racks will form the bar whilst at one end you’ll find a cavernous events space which will feature a glass fronted wine cellar and an eighteen seater private dining room.
Sometimes it might seem as if all London drinks is gin, craft beer, whisky and tequila, well it’s time for wine to get some attention again and Humble Grape is going to give it all the attention it deserves.
Humble Grape: Opens 10th May, 1 St. Bride’s Passage, EC4Y 8EJ, www.humblegrape.co.uk