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Ruth Spivey’s Top 5 Drink-in Wine Shops & Stalls

Sommelier, writer and founder of Wine Car Boot Ruth Spivey shared her top five drink-in wine shops in London… and her top five wine stalls.

Ruth’s Top 5 Drink-in Wine Shops

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Newcomer Wines. Ruth says, ‘New wave Austrian wines have taken London by storm in the last few years, largely down to these guys. They also have a decent selection of top bottles from elsewhere if Austria isn’t your bag, as well as a stylish interior, patio garden and the finest charcuterie and Austrian sausage in town.’

Newcomer Wines, 5 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF


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Passione Vino. Ruth says, ‘110% Italian – you get the warmest welcome and some seriously tasty and interesting bottles from (perhaps) the world’s most diverse wine-producing country (sorry France!).’

Passione Vino, 85 Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS


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P Franco. Ruth says, ‘Youthful, natural-led bottle shop in the former wine tundra of Clapton. It’s made extra good with the rotating in-house chefs cooking a concise but wine-friendly menu of hot dishes to keep your stomach lined and thirst prepped. ‘

P Franco, 107 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0NP


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Winemakers Club. Ruth says, ‘Like drinking in an actual cellar, only it’s a series of railway arches transformed into the wine emporium of dreams. Stuffed with equal parts quirky and classic and all at very reasonable mark-ups, it has the kind of atmosphere which makes it very hard to leave.’

Winemakers Club, 41a Farringdon Street, EC4A 4AN


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New Zealand Cellar. Ruth says, ‘This pocket rocket of a shop run by vivacious Mel Brown is packed into a shipping container at POP Brixton. Whilst most wine lists just have a token bottle or two from NZ, a session at NZ Cellar makes for a refreshing and diverse journey around the country. Perfect for something different in terms of both bottle and venue.’

New Zealand Cellar, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ

Special mentions: The Good Wine Shop, Vinoteca, Salon, and Vagabond


Ruth’s Top 5 Wine Stalls

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Le Grappin. Ruth says, ‘Andrew and Emma Nielsen are the team behind Le Grappin, producers of hand-crafted Burgundy and selling direct, proving fine wine isn’t just for posh restaurants. They are also the inventors of the Bagnum – a magnum of ’smashable’ vin de soif wine in a stand-up eco-friendly pouch – which has transformed picnics, festivals, fridges and train journeys up and down the country since they began.’

Le Grappin, various locations


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Natural Born Wine. Ruth says, ‘Another couple effort, Natural Born Wine are a small importer of low-intervention wines using biodynamic farming and natural winemaking. A small selection, but what they have is always delicious and beautiful.’

Natural Born Wine, various locations


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D Vine Cellars. Ruth says, ‘Also a wine shop and owners of Cellar SW4 (both worth checking out) the fun merchants from D Vine Cellars regularly pop up at markets around London with one of the best and most interesting selections of low-intervention New World wines.’

D Vine Cellars, 74 Landor Road, SW9 9PH


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Dynamic Vines. Ruth says, ‘Dynamic open up the front of their arch every Saturday to sell their amazing range of biodynamic European wines, alongside bread and pastries from Michelin-starred Hedone and some of the finest pates, terrines and charcuterie from France. What more do you need?’

Dynamic Vines, Unit 5 Discovery Business Park, Priter Road, SE16 4RA


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Borough Wines. Ruth says, ‘Can’t not mention what is perhaps the original London wine stall – Borough Wines. Now with shops all over the city and beyond, they still have their original spot in bustling Borough Market with some great value regional French wines imported directly and their long-standing, eco-friendly and affordable refill system from on-site taps and barrels.’

Borough Wines, Borough Market, SE1 1TL; various other locations

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