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The Wine House 1821
4 Picardy Place,,
City of Edinburgh,
0131 557 1821

Winelover heaven

Freshly-minted on Picardy Place, this place aims for the sensorial overload of a fine wine.

With four lavish bedrooms for those who can’t tear themselves away, as well as an elegant, cosy wine bar and separate cocktail lounge, it offers attractive function space and its keynote feature, the Wine Library.

The Italian wine family of Zonin, partners in this venture with Sep Marini, have had designed a welcoming space embellished with warm wood and red Veronese marble, for guests to experience wines curated from different terroirs around Italy and their Virginian vineyard.  France, Australia, South Africa & Chile are also represented.  In the Library, top cru wines are available from sommelier Ladis by the glass to try, the concept being to bring a ‘cellar door’ winery experience to the customer.  Edinburgh is the first of architect Claudio Silvestrin’s models, rolling out next year to São Paolo, the following year around Italy, then other major cities

As Zonin’s traditional home is the Veneto, it was appropriate to be welcomed with Prosecco and good canapés prior to a mixology class in the sleek basement cocktail bar with backlit onyx counter. Again these were wine-based cocktails although mixologist Lewis will mix to your taste. Wine tasting events planned so far will explore Tuscany & Chile.  My own wine of the night was the Tenuta il Bosco ‘Oltrenero’ 100% Pinot Noir Prosecco from Oltrepó Pavese, showing delicious creaminess from 36 months’ aging on its lees.

In the period-featured first floor dining room, menus are planned to showcase the wines.  Our fixed menu started with a very tasty though rather too filling risotto, followed by a simple wine-braised rustic beef dish (I enjoyed the broccoli flan with it and the accompanying old vine ‘Deliella’ Feudo red), along with a rather oversweet and creamy white chocolate and raspberry tartlet.  

My feeling is this will appeal most to business events seeking a sophisticated meeting venue in central Edinburgh, and will be ideal for weddings, especially for those who cherish Italian wine.  The charming team hope the Wine Library, with its shelves of themed coffee table titles alongside beautiful stemware and bottles, will prove to be an appealing place to stop for wine by the glass with matching snack menu, then purchase a bottle of your favourite to take home. (The Go-Between)

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