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DrinkUp with... Brett Woonton from Vinoteca

As co-founder of the Vinoteca empire (not to mention thoroughly good bloke) Brett Woonton knows his wine and where to drink it...

We caught up with him to find out his go-to London hot spots when the sun goes down and what to order on the delicious Vinoteca menu... 

How’s life at Vinoteca HQ?
Bloody magnificent at the moment. We’re right in the middle of doing tastings for our new wine list and wine club that we’ve just launched. Heaps of wine samples to get through!

What’s your favourite track on the venue playlists?
Wandering Eye by Fat Freddy’s Drop.

If you had to pick one dish and wine pairing on the menu as the highlight – which would it be?
Roast Welsh lamb, white beans, rainbow chard & anchovy paired with 2014 Moulin-a-Vent (Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent, Beaujolais).

Have you ever had a hero? Who and why…
Mrs Crosby, my art teacher in primary school. She would do lunches from different countries and taught us how to use chopsticks.

What’s your favourite bar in London?
Depends on my mood, but I really like having Negronis at Cicconi’s in Mayfair.

Where do you go for a late night nightcap?
The House of St Barnabas – gorgeous listed building, really good member’s bar which helps the homeless and the bar is pretty cool.

Your Desert Island Disc – you only get one track but you also get a wine to drink while you play it… what are they?
Black Disciples by Ernest Ranglin with 2015 Riesling Trocken ‘Pirat’ (Lothar Kettern, Mosel).

If you weren't a wino what would you like to do?
I’d like to be a graffiti artist like Banksy, with the freedom to do art anywhere and get paid a lot of money.

If we asked you out for lunch, where would you be hoping we’d book a table?
Rochelle’s Kitchen in Shoreditch because I can bring the wine.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Dal Pescatore in Mantova, Italy. Phenomenal service, food, ambiance, wine, the whole thing.

What’s the most underrated wine spot in town?
Newcomer Wines in Dalston. Great selection of Austrian wines.

What’s your favourite spot in London that’s not a bar or restaurant?
Walking along the River Thames from Richmond on a super sunny day, toward The Swan for a cleansing light ale.