4th February 2020
The Kennedy’s wine list is a slow-burner. It’s not so much as new as always evolving. Many years in the making, much like the wines on its pages.
New entrants are on there on merit, having dethroned a once-loved number in the process. In our own version of the transfer window, we’ve tried to pull together a well-balanced team of wines with something for everyone. Each wine comes with its own story, on the back of tastings as a team or our discovery trips abroad.
We’ve also done our best to ensure the list ventures to the lesser-known regions and producers. The search for genuinely exciting grapes keeps us on our toes and outside of our comfort zone. Usual up-and-comers sit alongside big, bold old schoolers such as cuvée’ La Gravelière from Sancerre and the deep ruby Amodo Pinot Noit. Even British born bubbly makes the cut, in the form of the fun and fruity Angel & Four Brut. But above all we’ve tried to keep things affordable and free from snobbery. That’s why you’ll find bottles sub £20 bottles with our seal of approval. There’s also an expanded range of wines available by the glass.
So, let us take you on a tour of our worldly wine list and our picks of the newcomers.
First up is Saira Albariño Costers del Segre, Raimat. Hailing from the high-altitude vineyards of Spain, it’s crisp, citrussy and floral flavours are personal favourite of Kennedy’s owner Karen. Refreshing with every sip, it’s best paired with our pan-seared sea bass and the lighter dishes on our food menu.
Karen’s pick of the reds is Don Jacobo Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Corral. This traditional red Rioja has been matured for a minimum of 12-months in American oak followed by at least a year in bottle before release. This taste of history was first spotted by Karen on the epic Camino walk to Santiago de Compostela last October. Fast-forward two months and it’s now on our wine list for you to devour.
Keeping on the reds, Tommy (Manager) can’t get enough of the Antica Cinta Chianti Riserva, Tenute Piccini. Tommy likes his wines to pack a punch and this ruby red more than delivers. A smooth, silky wine, with powerful aromas of ripe cherry, hints of spice and woody notes. An ideal partner for our steak or pasta dishes. It actually took three separate tastings to nail down this selection on the menu as previous choices didn’t quite live up to their early promise.
Another characterful red is MMM Macho Man Monastrel Jumilla, Casa Rojo. Hand-harvested grapes from very old vines provide the raw material for this big, boisterous, fruit-packed wine, four months in oak barrels provides a touch of softness and spice. The 2013 vintage was named in the top 100 wines in the Wines from Spain Awards 2015.
Of the tender rosés and sparkling wines, honourable mentions go to Musso de Casa Rojo Tempranillo Rosado, Castilla y Leon and the cava from the same family.
If that’s not enough, the team behind the bar at Kenendy’s are always happy to provide recommendations.
Why not take part in one of our wine masterclasses too?
We find the best way to become a wine expert is with a drink in your hand. Learn your light whites from your soulful reds in this tasting session tailored to your individual palate, all for £27.95pp.