Paola Tich brings wine liberation to Acton as Vindinista opens.
A few weekends ago, I was in Haarlem, Holland. At only 15 minutes on the train outside of Amsterdam, if we were in any other country in the world, this would still be classed as being within the same city. Haarlem however, pretty in its classic Dutch architecture, is known for being its own entity: a town outside suburbia.
The night after I returned, I went to Acton – a part of London I’ve never been to before, despite living west myself. If we were in Holland perhaps it too would be known on its own rather than as just an area of our capital – the best city in the world. Like Haarlem, it appears Acton is growing as a home to some pretty cool offerings when it comes to bars, grocery stores and other local, village-like enterprises which still pack a punch when compared to those more central. In Haarlem we cycled upon an awesome beach-bar along the canal called OerKap – a place Hackney-esque for its sandy floors, wood-fired pizza, trendy beverage offerings and mismatching outdoor furniture. It is set on Haarlem’s city beach.
In Acton there is Vindinista, a newly opened wine bar that offers wines by the glass (and bottle) that ticks everything both in and outside of the box. Just opened, it was set up by Paola Tich, a wine blogger friend of mine I’ve known through twitter and various tastings since whose motto here is ‘wine liberation’ – just check the sign above the bar. At its 50 cover sleekly designed premises you can sit at the bar and chat to Stacy, a ‘Kiwi’ in a shirt this evening that matches the carafe of Rose du Grappin 2014 – a foot trodden Gamay that’s almost light red, that we are generously poured. Vindinista takes its name from ‘Sandinista’ Paola tells us – a group of Nicaraguan revolutionaries, except this time it is the wine that is being liberated, for our drinking pleasure.
What is great about this place – and the list is constantly changing, is that the prices are very reasonable ‘I’ve seen margins calculated’, says Stacy with regards to his previous F&B roles ‘but these ones are very fair’. Certainly here the oft-employed rule of what you pay for a bottle at cost matches the price by the glass, does not apply. I am impressed with the quality of the wines – which entirely speak for themselves.
If only I could go every day. Food to die for. Wine you just have to try…
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