Wine industry game-changer Coravin to open pop-up bar in London with 300 bottles available by the glass
Coravin revolutionised the wine industry eight years ago with the launch of their first preservation system, which allows users to enjoy any bottle by pouring a glass without compromising its life span. Notably, this wouldn’t work with sparkling wines: until now. The Massachussets-based company is opening its first wine bar and retail pop-up bringing its signature wine-by-the-glass concept to London’s Mayfair from November until January 2022 to showcase their latest product, Coravin Sparkling. From the team behind the world’s leading wine preservation system, the Coravin Wine & Bubbles Bar will be the place to enjoy and explore wine, with each and every bottle on the 300-strong list available by the glass.
Tucked away on Lancashire Court in Mayfair, the pop-up Coravin Wine & Bubbles Bar will feature the longest list of sparkling by the glass in the UK, if not the world with over 50 choices of Champagne, English sparkling wine and more. Putting the latest innovation from Coravin to the test, the team will pop the cork on some of the world’s most sought-after bottles, bringing fizz fans something special to explore this autumn: from Krug to Dom Perignon, Egly Ouriet to Bereche and Veuve Fourny.
Additionally, with glasses ranging from £8 to £850 and a cellar of over 300 wines, there really is something for everyone. From a glass of Chateau Petrus to Spain’s iconic Vega Sicilia or classic ‘Super Tuscan’ Sassicaia, guests can journey their way through the world of wine, unrestricted by the boundaries of the bottle. Wine consultant and Master Sommelier, Xavier Rousset, has helped curate the unrivalled cellar; carefully designed to welcome those looking to start their wine journey, or the passionate connoisseur on the hunt for a glass of something truly special.
The space will take on the style of a classic cave à vin, with intimate table and banquette seating encased floor to ceiling with open shelves and glass-fronted fridges full of fine wine. Soft lighting and convivial conversation set the tone. Customers can also sit terrace-side on café-style tables, warmed by blankets and heaters in the cooler months.
The menu includes seasonal sharing plates and classic cheese & charcuterie platters which – like the wine list – centre around quality. Cheeses like Colston Basset, Comte d’Estive, Truffle Pecorino and more come courtesy of the much-loved La Fromagerie, alongside English-cured charcuterie from The Great British Charcuterie Co. There are sharing plates of Anchovies, focaccia & tomatoes, Rillettes, Burrata, Carpaccio and quality toasties of Nduja, fresh ricotta, honey & rocket.
For those who want to take a slice of Coravin life home, there is a Wine & Bubbles Shop adjacent to the bar. Stocking an enviable line of wine and Champagne by the bottle from Coravin’s partner merchants including Flint, Liberty, Fells of 1858, as well as glassware from Sophienwald and Coravin innovations including their Pivot, Sparkling and Timeless products. Friendly, wine-loving staff will be on hand to offer advice to customers and connoisseurs.
The Wine & Bubbles Shop will double as Coravin’s ‘Discovery Lab’: a space for wine lovers, private groups and industry professionals to explore wine by the glass. From blind tastings to vintage Champagne nights and explorations of Burgundy or Barolo, the Discovery Lab will be London’s go-to hub for all things wine. The space seats 20 and is bookable for bespoke festive events via www.coravin.co.uk.
Chris Ladd, CEO Coravin says: “We are thrilled to be opening our first ever bricks and mortar Coravin Wine & Bubbles Bar in the exciting city of London in a few weeks. We look forward to showcasing how Coravin can open up the experience of wine exploration within our own venue and we’ll be serving some of the world’s best wine and Champagne, yet serving everything by the glass. With over 300 bottles to choose from, including the largest by the glass selection of sparkling in the UK – guests can try everything from Krug or a glass of Blanc de Blanc before moving on to a Barolo or a Bordeaux.”
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Coravin Wine & Bubbles Bar, 4-7 Lancashire Court London W1S 1EY, will open on 2nd November 2020. To book call 020 3746 7697 or visit their website. Walk-ins are welcome.