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Appellation Wines
Appellation Wines
43 Dalry Road,
Dalry,
Edinburgh,
EH11 2BU
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0131-202 0985
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April 2010

 

Appellation Wines opened their shop in November 2009. Now, five months down the line, Bite visited Dalry's new jewel.


Appellation Wines was actually started earlier by proprietor Ashton McCobb as an extension to his fanatical obsession for the French life. In 2007 the website was launched. Later that year Taste Festival was an opportunity to showcase thei r exclusively sourced wines from boutique French producers. Most of these wines, such as the Firmament Minervois Vieilles Vignes, (a stunning multi-dimensional gem of fruit, herbs and spice for a tenner) are still imported and can be found in the shop.

In the last couple of years, the palate and the mind has broadened and imports have arrived directly from producers in Spain and Italy in such interesting and non-mainstream regions such as Bierzo in North West Spain and Umbria which is regarded by many Tuscany's more rustic neighbour. The Gran Bierzo Reserva at £12.70 is a wonderful and keenly priced alternative to Reserva Rioja, showing notes of spices, hung meat and balsamic, a wonderful accompaniment to charcuterie.

Although this is definitely an Old World house, by the time the shop opened five months ago, the range included exclusive Scottish distributorships of wines from the New World (it had become obvious that some Australian and New Zealand producers had really started to understand terroir). In fact, of the 300 plus wines in this shop around 50% cannot be found anywhere else in the UK and 70% cannot be found anywhere else in Scotland. The philosophy of the shop is that there is no reason to sell the same wines as you can find in the big chains (now only supermarkets) and certainly no reason why each fine wine shop in Edinburgh should carry the same wines. There are weekly wine tastings (often more than weekly if a winemaker is visiting) and beer tastings every fortnight. A regular mixed case offering is currently being launched for those who prefer to always have a range of interesting wines in the rack. The expert staff will also be happy to hold wine tastings outside the shop on request. Please enquire within for further details.

Appellation Wines also stocks an ever expanding selection of really interesting international beers and you can buy a coffee and/or cupcake while you decide on your wine purchases.

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