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Wine Club October

October 16, 2017

Husband and wife team Scott & Dana Frank have experience all sides of the wine industry. From working in restaurants, to retail, to wholesale, they’ve gained plenty of knowledge & experience over the years. They recently embarked on a new project producing wines under their own label Bow and Arrow & are taking Oregon wines to new heights! They only started bottling in 2010, but have quickly earned a reputation for bringing a bit of the Loire to the Pacific Northwest. They source fruit from vineyards planted by some of Oregon’s earliest ‘wine pioneers’ that were planted with grapes like old vine Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, and Melon de Bourgogne – all typical Loire Valley grapes. These carefully sourced grapes are treated with the greatest care and minimal intervention winemaking techniques.

 

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2015 Melon Blanc, Bow & Arrow, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
100% Melon de Bourgogne
Aromas of lemon zest, green apple and quinine, along with subtle floral and herb nuances in the background. Juicy orchard and citrus fruit flavors unfurl slowly with air and show good delineation and lift. Finishes on a zesty lemon note, showing good cling and lingering florality.”

12.5cl £10.50    75cl £63.00

RED:

2015 Gamay Noir, Bow & Arrow, S. Frank, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
100% Gamay
Medium-bodied, it is grippy with soft red fruit flavours, an earthy & granite-based minerality and tart finish.

12.5cl £ 10.50    75cl £63.00

2014 Rhinestones, Bow & Arrow, S. Frank, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Pinot Noir/Gamay blend
Ripe, juicy black cherry aromas lead to a mid-weight palate full of flavours of tart blackberries, earthy moss & snappy acidity.

12.5cl £11.50   75cl £69.00

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September Wine Club

September 5, 2017

September we are looking towards Greece. Greece is one the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and the first wine-producing territory in Europe. And yet, not something that you see everyday. Courtesy of Southern Wind wines, who specialise in Greek wines, we have selected a variety of tastes and interesting flavours for you to sample. And don’t forget, Mondays you get these at half price.

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2015 Assyrtiko, Santorini Natural Ferment, Galavas Winery, Santorini.
100% Assyrtiko
Single vineyard, 600m above sea level, this wine is explosive & fruity with a refreshing acidity and a unique minerality.
12.5cl £10    17.5cl £14   75cl £55

RED

2015 Pythagorean Tetractys, Domaine Vakakis, Samos.
100% Avgoustiatis
12 months in french oak gives us a charming dark red wine, thick on the nose with aromas of chocolate, tobacco & inky cherry marmalade. Solid on the palate with a warm, elegant after taste filled with pungent aromas of fruit.
12.5cl £8   17.5cl £12   75cl £45

2014 Nemea, Gerakina, Aïvalis Winery, Nemea, Poloponnese.
100% Agiorgitiko
This single vineyard, Gerakina, is situated at over 600m altitude, and is aged for 18 months in barrel, giving us a beautifully crafted Nemean red with bold tannins, good body & acidity to match. Light spicyness with red forest fruits, earthy notes and hints of bergamot & smokey vanilla.
12.5cl £9   17.5cl £12   75cl £50

2015 Le Roi Des Montagnes, Papargyriou Winery, Corinthia.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga & Mavrodaphne
Deep red & concentrated wine, with complex bouquet of sour cherry, blueberry, violet & cassis. Also hints of vanilla & cocoa.
12.5cl £11   17.5cl £15   75cl £60

SWEET

2015 Pythagorean Epogdoon, Vakakis Winery, Samos 50cl
Muscat Blanc, barrel aged for 36 months
Aromas of white flowers, white plum, dried apricot & raisins with hints of roasted coffee beans & toffee. Oily rich with excellent acidity.
12.5cl £12   75cl £60

 

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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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#MatchingMondays

October 4, 2016

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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

RED
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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