It gave us Freud, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a certain dictator who Freud would say was waaaay overcompensating for the fact that he didn’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
And now it’s given us Newcomer Wines, too.
It’s a cosy little Dalston wine bar & offie that specialises in Austrian wine. And Austrian wine is pretty good these days. It’s mostly due to the fact that, way back in 1985, the entire industry was wiped out by one teeny tiny little antifreeze scandal. Since then, it’s been re-built literally from the ground up, with an understandably heavy emphasis on quality. Now, a few decades on, it’s finally come to fruition with a buzzing, creative, and extremely impressive viniculture scene.
That scene is on full display at Newcomer, whose shelves are stacked with London’s largest selection of Austrian grape hooch. The shelves wrap around a small chrome-topped bar (there are some alfresco tables out back, too) where the somms will pour you a glass of something interesting starting at just £6.50. As is the case with Austrian wine as a whole, a large part of the selection is made of dry whites, but there’s something for pretty much everyone. And there’s a selection of other international wines too, plus some Austrian beers, just to round it all out.
To keep things interesting, they’ve got a decent program of tastings, parties, and masterclasses laid on throughout the year, and they’ve recently introduced a kitchen residency from AngloThai – that is, chefs John & Desiree Chantarasak – who’re cooking up dishes like Mu Ping (whiskey & soy-marinated Ibérico pork skewers with tamarind), and Gang Tay Po, which is an aromatic coconut cream curry with coal-roasted celeriac, morning glory shoots and kaffir lime.
The food and the wines pair together very well, and are both available for takeaway.
In case you want to pair them with your living room, too.
NOTE: Newcomer Wines is open Thursday-Sunday. There are no bookings. You can find out more at their website right HERE.
Newcomer Wines | 5 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF
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