It’s the bank holiday weekend and here’s hoping the sun makes an appearance as we’re ready to kick back and relax this National Wine Day!
In Manchester, we’re lucky enough to have a wealth of restaurants and bars from all over the world on our doorstep, so we thought, what better way to taste the world’s wine offerings? It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…
From the team that brought you El Gato Negro, comes Canto – a delightful NQ gem that sees Simon Shaw and Head Chef Carlos Gomes’ ambition of bringing Portuguese and Iberian classics to a wider audience in Manchester. On to the wine… there are some tasty Spanish options here but you have to opt for one of their many Portuguese offerings. Canto’s red and white selection really shines, but they also serve fortified wines if that’s more your thing.
We’re spoilt for choice in Manchester for great tapas, but the Iberica Spanish wine list in the heart of Spinningfields is a winner. Iberica has over 50 different wines, crafted to really showcase everything the country has to offer. The Group Head Bartender, Nacho Ordiz says the best way to start a meal is with a glass of sherry and we can’t argue with that.
Choose from a fantastic selection of sparkling, rosé, white and red wines, with prices ranging from £4.50 to £13 for 150ml.
The Chop Houses are a traditional English staple in the heart of Manchester, with three locations; The Albert Square Chop House, Sam’s Chop House and Mr Thomas’ Chop House. Standing proud since the 1800s, these establishments specialise in proper British food. You’ll find traditional ‘pub grub’ here, with an elevated twist – so don’t expect the ordinary.
Here you can experience several English sparkling wines including one from England’s most celebrated producers, Nyetimber. The Chop Houses take wine selections and recommendations very seriously, the team are always there to help with picking the perfect glass.
Named after the perfect temperature to serve coffee no less, Eric Moreau of 63 Degrees will argue that it’s also the temperature of his unique cooking technique, as a result of many years of perfecting his craft.
Moreau specialises in cooking long and low at 63°, resulting in beautifully tender and flavourful poultry. What goes better with French food? French wine.
As you would expect, the wine list is plentiful, with wines from all over France organised into helpful regions, prices range from £4.20 to £12.90 for 125ml.
Walking down Deansgate, it’s hard to miss Australasia, offering modern Australian cuisine and Pacific Rim flavours, all with a European cooking tradition. Of course, here you must try the great range of Australian reds, whites or rosés on offer, all perfectly selected to match the variety of food served in Australasia. There’s an Australian wine to match every taste, but if you’re looking for something really different, you have to give the ‘sparkling shiraz’ a try, £40.
Sapporo Teppanyaki is certainly a theatrical dining experience, where your food is cooked directly in front of you. Offering authentic Japanese dishes with a Western twist, the chefs have to train for over five years before they’re a pro.
Japanese wines are the perfect accompaniment to the menu at Sapporo Teppanyaki, and here you can try two wines from the Yamanashi Province or for extra tradition, try the saké – there are three to choose from.
£45.00 per bottle.
If you want to experience a wide selection of Argentine red, white and rosé, Gaucho is the place to go. Launched 25 years ago, Gaucho set out to highlight their favourite Argentine producers and in 2007, they even acquired their very own vineyard.
Veeno, off Albert Square specialises in Italian wine, offering a vast selection and even tasting experiences. For between £24.90 – £34.90 you can try the wine and food pairing with carefully selected ‘spuntini’ or instead pick from their great selection of wines from the wider menu. They have their own family vineyard at Veeno, these are worth a try too.
Off Albert Square
And finally, for those that can’t decide why not take a visit to Salut in Cooper Street? Another unique experience, Salut offers wines in a ‘jukebox dispenser’ with 32 types of wine in various sizes, but if that’s not enough there are 12 more wines available by the glass and over 350 by the bottle.
Salut always looks for the unusual wines, from producers that are off the beaten track, the perfect place to take the ‘wine buff’ in your life.
Albert’s Schloss never disappoints, whether it’s a themed night Monday to Friday, or its delicious alpine themed menu, you’ll always find something up your street. Here you can find wines from across Europe; French, Italian, even Hungarian, but why not try something a little special and try their favourites from Austria and Germany?
Schloss offers two Reisling varieties, an Austrian 2017 Pulp Fiction, Gruner Veltner (organic, available by the bottle only) or a German Fritz Willi Riesling, from £7.20.
Where’s your favourite place for wine in MCR?