Wine Club July: 1701 Franciacorta

July 11, 2017


Tonight’s the night we learn a little more about Italian sparkling wine at the Tavern. Move over Prosecco and make way for something a little closer to Champagne. We’re joined by brother & sister duo Federico & Silvia Stefini – the wine makers from 1701 Franciacorta who will be in the bar offering tastings of their delicious biodynamic wines from 6.30pm.

Franciacorta is a lesser known Italian sparkling wine made, in the same way as Champagne, exclusively with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

The story of 1701 is a project created by brother & sister Federico and Silvia Stefini, who six years ago took over one of the oldest wine properties of Franciacorta. With over 300 years of history & framed by the walls of an 11th century villa,  it’s guided by a passionate group of young entrepreneurs who wish to discover their link to ancient methods of farming.

We have two wines available for you to try:

2014 Sullerba, 1701, Cazzago San Martino, Franciacorta, Italy.
12.5cl £11.00 75cl £55.00
100% Chardonnay – Fresh, light with flavours of white peach & mature citrus notes. 

NV Franciacorta Rose DOCG, 1701, Cazzago San Martino, Italy.
12.5cl £14.00 75cl £75.00
100% Pinot Noir – Intense yet elegant with dominant notes of small red fruits. Fresh and delicate. 

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March 7, 2017


Monday nights we celebrate wine.

Every Monday we will be selecting a different region of wine and offering 50% off selected bottles from that region. They are also poured by the glass & caraffe, so that everyone can sample some of the delights. For the month of March we are focusing on Italy:

Monday 6th March: North-East Italy

2015 Pinot Grigio, Lis Neris, Friuli.
2012 Sylvaner, Weingut Garlider, Alto Aldrige.
2013 Schioppettino, Marco Sara, Udine, Friuli.
2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, “Velluto”, Meroni, Veneto.

Monday 13th March: Central Italy – Marche and Tuscany

2014 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, “Vigna dell Oche”, San Lorenzo, Marche, Italy.
2012 Sangiovese Riserva, Campinuovi, Montecucco, Tuscany, Italy.
2010 Dodici Uve, Paradiso Di Frassina, Tuscany, Italy.
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, “Il rospo”, Montesecondo, Tuscany, Italy.

Monday 20th March: South Italy

2013 Etna Bianco, “Ante”, I Custodi, Sicily, Italy.
2010 Primitivo Riserva, “Fatalone”, Pasquale Petrera, Giola del Colle, Puglia, Italy.
2014 Etna Rosso, “Ciauria”, Pietro Caciorgna, Sicily, Italy.

Monday 27th March:  North West Italy

2015 Vermentino,”Il Bianco”, Il Torchio, Liguria, Italy.
2012 Barbera d’Alba, “Ciabot Contessa”, Umberto Fracassi, Piedmonte, Italy.
2011 Barbaresco, “Basarin”, Punset, Neive, Piedmont, Italy.

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October 4, 2016



This week we launched our new wine list and with it the almost too-good-to-be-true, Matching Mondays at Merchants. On Monday evenings in October we’re offering a complimentary wine pairing with dinner. Yes, you heard right – free wine on Mondays!
Our resident wine expert Celine will match each course ordered with an 80ml tasting from the new list. Celine will be championing wines made with less famous grapes so if you fancy trying something different on the house, then make sure you book your table.

To book for Matching Mondays at Merchants call Adele on 020 7060 5335, visit the website or email.


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Music at Merchants – week 17th August

August 17, 2015


London in August continues to be a delight – no traffic, tables available in restaurants and plenty of balmy evenings, perfect for kicking back with a strong drink and some sweet music. Here’s how this week is shaping up musically at Merchants Tavern:

Rob Butler is behind the turntables on Wednesday night. The Be With Records main man will be warming up for his imminent gig in Hawaii in September to celebrate the first ever vinyl release of the much sought-after Nohelani Cypriano album with a blend of soul, funk and AOR smoothness

Josef Huber makes his Music at Merchants debut this Thursday night. He came across our radar as the man behind the fantastic Works of Design – dealers of exquisite vintage audio equipment. It comes as no surprise to learn that he’s also a music connoisseur of the first order. Expect a rarified mix of music on vinyl

Friday night sees the return of regular Rik Moran, DJ, collector, designer and font perfectionist, who recently helped out Google with a small kerning issue. He’ll be keeping things shipshape from 6.30pm on Friday night onwards

On Saturday we welcome back Elle Andrews for her second bite of the apple. Her recent debut at Merchants Tavern was so well received we were delighted to offer her back again. She’ll be fresh from a record digging trip to India so expect some truly unfindable rarities in the mix

If you’re at the Green Man Festival this weekend, keep an eye and ear out for the Spiritland system, which will be keeping things elegantly raunchy with DJs Andy Votel, Pete Paphides, Dan Bean and others at the Round The Twist area until the early hours on Saturday night

Sounds come from Spiritland

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July Monday Wine Club

July 7, 2015

July winesThis month we are heading to South of France. Languedoc-Roussillon or South West? Pick your destination…

As quality can be a little pricey, we are offering these wines at half price on Mondays, also available by the glass & carafe.


2013 Viognier de l’Hospitalet, IGP d’Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon £33

Viognier – Intense & peachy with great structure & concentration

2014 “Champetre”, Laurent Cazottes, Gaillac, South West £35

Mauzac Blanc – Rustic & bucolic, like a walk in the orchard

2014 Cotes du Roussillon, “Centenaire”, Domaine Lafage £35

Grenache Blanc & Roussanne – Fresh & mineral with peach & citrous fruit flavours & a hint of spice


2013 Vin d’Oeillades, T. Navarre, St Chinian, Languedoc-Roussillon £34

Oeillades – Naturally vibrant, fresh, all in the fruit, all in the glancing moment

2013 Cahors, Chateau du Caillau, South West £35

Malbec & Merlot – Flavours of black fruit, cherry & cassis with a subtle smoky nuance

2012 Marcillac, “Lairis”, Domaine le Vieux Porche, South west £36

Fer Servadou – Supple texture full of red fruits & bell peppers

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June Monday Wine Club

June 5, 2015

island wines

Summer is coming! Dreaming of a getaway to some beautiful islands? We are taking you on a cruise, island hopping from Crete to Tenerife… take a sip and let your imagination do the rest!

As quality can be a little pricey, we are offering these wines at half price on Mondays, also available by the glass & carafe.


2012 Rami Bianco, COS, Sicily £50

Insolia & Grecanico – Concentrated pear & apricot, with hints of bitter almond & an incredibly long finish

2014 Vin de Corse Sartene, Dom. Saparale, Corsica £55

Vermentino – Wild flower aromas & expressive notes of melon & exotic fruits with a dry, mineral-edged finish

2013 Dom. Lyrarakis, Thrapsathiri, Crete £60

Thrapsathiri – Notes of honey, orange peel & cinnamon


2012 Cannonau, Sartiu Giuseppe Sedilesu, Sardinia £40

Cannonau (Grenache) – Crunchy bitter cherry with notes of fruit flavours & a hint of black pepper

2012 Tradicion, Bodegas Tajinaste, Tenerife £45

Listan Negro – Juicy and penetrating, offering lively red fruit flavours & a hint of black pepper

2012 Cerasuolo di Vittoria, COS, Sicily £65

Nero d’Avola & Frappato – a slightly tannic attack, well balanced by good body & intense flavours of cherry, plum & blackberry

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April Wine Club

April 1, 2015

This April, as an ode to St George, we brought together some of England’s finest wines. As quality can be a little pricey, we are offering these delicious wines as half price on Monday nights, also available by the glass & carafe.

NV Hambledon Sparkling, Classic Cuvée, Hampshire £90
70% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir
Crunchy palate with fresh sourdough, magnolia & green apple

2013 Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve, Devon £40
60% Madeleine Angevine, 30% Phoenix, 10% Bacchus
Stone fruits, elderflower & gooseberries. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Limney Horsmonden Dry White, Davenport Vineyard, Sussex £45
Bacchus, Ortega, Siegerrebe, Faber & Huxelrebe
Crisp, aromatic & fruit driven with lemon & nettle flavours

2013 Pinot Gris, Bolney Estate, Sussex £60
Refreshing with hints of grapefruit and a creamy texture

2013 Pinot Noir, Chapel Down, Kent £49
A fruit-driven wine with aromas of damson fruit, blueberry & bramble

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March Wine Club

March 4, 2015

Pinot Noir, the hardest grape to grow, is also a grape that can really communicate the difference in terroir, or grape-growing environment. Region affects Pinot Noir perhaps more than any other grape. So for our March’s Wine Club we decided to offer you a selection of Pinot Noir from around the globe.

As quality can be a little pricey, we are offering these delicious wines at half price on Monday nights, also available by the glass & carafe.


2013 Pinot Noir, Miolo Family Vineyards, Brazil £40

A mix of raspberry, strawberry, spices and chocolate. Sweet and velvety sensation in the mouth.

2012 Pinot Noir, Josef Chromy, Tasmania, Australia £70

Dark cherry and sweet red berry fruits with hints of spice and subtle French oak 

2009 Pinot Noir, “La Bauche Au-dessus”, Au Bon Climat, California, USA

Smoky red fruit flavours, with slow-building spiciness and a hint of bitter herbs

2010 Beaune 1er Cru Vignes Franches, Fanny Sabre, Burgundy, France £120

Elegant wine with lovely blackberry & strawberry aromas, tinged with clove & brown spice


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February Wine Club

January 28, 2015


For February’s Wine Club we’ve been scouting some of the highest vineyards around the world for a fantastic flight of high-altitude wines. The higher the altitude, the more exposure of the grapes to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, generating a higher concentration of aromas, colours and flavours.

Starting February 2nd for one month only, the quality wines are half price on Monday night, by glass or bottle. Alternatively, why not try a flight sampling 80ml of each for £25?



2013 “Rayon” La Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle, Valle d’Aosta 

Blanc de Morgex  – This is our highest altitude wine, cultivated at an altitude of 1300m, at the foot of the Mont Blanc which is also the highest region from which wine is produced in Europe. Its aromas evoke mountain herbs with notes of fresh hay.

2013 Reto Blanco, Bodegas Ponce, Manchuela, Spain

Albilla – grown at an altitude of 700m in the region of Manchuela. A medium bodied wine with acidity and freshness shown by notes of apple skin and citrus. Rich flavours of buttered, orange blossom brioche.

2010, Emphasis Assyrtiko, Pavlidis Winery, Drama, Greece

Assyrtiko – the most iconic Greek grape variety grown most famously on the volcanic island of Santorini but also in the region of Drama. A full-bodied wine with notes of citrus, stone and chalk dominating in the mouth.



2012 Vino di Anna, Palmento, Etna, Sicily 

Grown at an altitude of 760-900 metres, Palmento is a traditional multi-level winery. Vino di Anna is pure, silky, elegant and fresh with a hint of earthiness.

2010 El Terroir Garnacha, Domaines Lupier, Navarra

Garnacha – This wine is made from 12 different plots planted between 400m and 600m altitude. Tasting notes of damson and deep cherry.

2012 Cabernet Franc, Lot #36, Garage Wine & Co, Chile

Cabernet Franc – From a vineyard at 800m altitude in the Pirque region in the Alto Maip. Tasting notes include a clean aromas of raspberry leaf and red fruits along with balsamic and capsicum notes.




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Wine Club

December 6, 2014

Many of us give up drinking in January but a new year shouldn’t start on a joyless note. So instead, why not just alter your habits & indulge with a bottle of our delicious low alcohol wine from our Wine Club selection.

As quality can be a little pricey, we are offering all these delicious wines at half price on Monday nights. Alternatively, if you are adventurous, why not try a flight sampling 80ml of each for £25?

All served by the glass or bottle.



2013 Vinho Verde, Aphros Loureiro, Lima, Portugal 11.5% £38 / £26 / £10

Loureiro – a refreshing wine: clean, lemony, with a touch of rose petals


2014 Muscat, “Don Cande”, Koyle, Itata, Chile 11.5% £40 / £28 / £11

Muscat – our first 2014 wine! This dry muscat is a pure expression of lifted stone fruit aromas


2013 “Dinavolino” Bianco, Denavolo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 10.5% £50 / £35 / £11

Malvasia / Marsanne / Ortugo – four months of skins contact gives this orange wine a nice complexity, well balanced with light tannins & aromas of rosemary & thyme



2013 “L’Olto”, Nicolas Carmarans, Aveyron, France 10.5% £60 / £35 / £12

Fer Servadou – a rustic and wild natural wine with mushrooms, leather & dried fruit aromas


2013 Lammershoek, Cellar Foot Underwater Wine, South Africa 12% £75 / £55 / £18

Pinotage / Grenache / Carignan / Mourvedre – this wine, aged in barrels underwater has a lovely & vibrant purity

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