Awardless neighbourhood Wine Shoppe
‘bearded and frankly scruffy . . . . part of a revolution now sweeping London’s wine world’
Andrew Neather, The Evening Standard
‘slightly ramshackle…charmingly urbane and knowledgeable’
Thomas Blythe, The Brixton Bugle
Market Row Wines is a small neighbourhood wine shop located in Market Row adjacent to Electric Avenue, lying in the heart of Brixton. Established in 2012 the shop’s purpose was originally to supply both local and transient customers with affordable, authentic wines. This remains the case. Over time the shop has become increasingly nuanced, with terms such as organic, biodynamic, natural, ambient yeast fermentation, minimal intervention, skin contact, orange wine, low and zero sulphur becoming ever more prevalent.
Often this terminology is used to describe wines that evoke a sense of place, of terroir, but just as importantly I hope that these wines acknowledge the consumer as part of the process. And that’s what I want to sell; wines that are made to drink and experience. Wines of this time and this place.
On the shelf, region sits next to process, to vintage, to palate, to grape, to price, to fashion, to taste. My relationship to wine (how it’s sold, its place in our lives, its purpose) is fluid. The patterns, interactions and changes in perception dictate how the list of wine evolves over time. I’m able to offer these wines by working in partnership with a small number of respected wine importers and distributers, learning from their wine lists, palates and ethos. These importers have forged and developed close relationships with the vignerons they represent and strive ‘to source the best quality wines directly from the grower and the vineyard’.
The dialogue that a bottle of wine can generate is often immediate and satisfying, substantive and undeterminable. I don’t believe that a wine necessarily needs a story, but I do think that it needs a conclusion; an ending and that ending should be left open. And that’s what we, the consumers, are able to provide. After all, we have been tasting all of our lives.
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