The invitation to visit The Wine House 1821 came at the right time for me. Just recently I have developed a taste for red wine and it’s now a frequent choice among my usual gin and cocktails.
Located at Picardy Place this Georgian Townhouse has seen a few incarnations, hopefully this one will be more successful than those who went previous. The wine bar itself isn’t a particularly large space, but the blonde wood gives it a modern airy feel and your eye is drawn to the rear which has a slightly separated room. It felt very much like a gathering place to me. There are a couple of really large tables and I could imagine myself meeting colleagues there on a Friday night….if I had colleagues, or indeed a proper job.
No job or colleagues wasn’t going to stop me though and instead I drafted in my sister in law – my go to for these ‘alcoholic’ jobs. Having recently birthed my nephew I felt she was probably in need of some liquid relief. This was confirmed when I’m pretty sure I saw her break into a jog as she approached, the freedom of a night with wine stretching out in front of her. Not even the thought of four hours of my chat could dampen her spirits.
We arrived just after the offices had closed, and there were indeed some office workers, along with a few other drinkers, perhaps they were off to the theatre?
We settled back into our seats for the long haul, this wasn’t going to be a quick job!
The wall of wine behind us promised plenty and we begun to plan our attack. She would take on the whites, while I would handle the reds.
Steven guided us through the menu and offered us tasters, we went with his recommendations which were all really good.
The Feudo Principi du Botera Insolia is a Sicilian crisp, dry white wine – slightly aromatic and a bit nutty with citrus and herbs. I asked for something easy drinking and received the Bourgogne 2014 Pinot Noir, it was definitely easy to drink and a great way to start the evening.
There are around a dozen each of reds and whites by the glass ranging from £4 to just under £20 – something for every taste and budget.
Food wise, it’s very much food to accompany wine which is the main event. That said, there is plenty you want to eat along with that wine. We opted for one of the sharing boards which featured a selection of cheese and charcuterie from Italy, along with fruit, nuts and chargrilled vegetables. The Caprese Salad arrived deconstructed with a whole ball of soft and creamy buffalo mozzarella, the pesto was so moreish we asked for a second helping.
Back to the wine and it was another white and red for us. This time Poggio Alle Fate, a dry and fresh wine with a clear apple flavour. I asked for something a little more challenging and was offered two, I liked both but settled on the Valpolicella Ripasso
My sister in law had an extra white, because, you know, newborn baby!
We could have stopped there, but we spotted a very decent cocktail list on the menu, and it would have been rude not to try at least one…especially as I’d spotted a Tiramisu Martini!
They were every bit as good as the wine and rounded off our evening nicely. I would definitely return to The Wine House 1821 and will be keeping an eye out for their great value wine and sharing board deals. Insider tip, downstairs is a very cool and cosy cocktail bar that’s open on the weekends, upstairs is a smart Georgian function room with original featured where they can cater for large dinners and small weddings. They also have four boutique rooms if you’re looking for a place to stay!
The Wine House 1821
Location: The Wine House 1821, 4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh EH1 3JT
Price: Wine from £4 per glass, sharing board from £15.95
Good for: Wine and sharing boards