Melanie Reeve revisits BOB Wines,
now settled in their new Sydenham shop
BOB II hen I caught up with owner Kenrick Bush, he was busy planning a series of in-store tasting events. ‘We’re ideally placed for footfall from Sydenham rail station,’ he explained, ‘yet we’re finding lots of weekend visitors like to browse our shelves too, looking for something a little different.’ A well-chosen and impressive selection of English still and sparkling wines, along with BOB’s crowdpleasing range of craft beer, demonstrates their commitment to locallysourced products too. Savoury snacks include Serious Pig, produced in Peckham, and the shop shelving was installed by a Crystal Palace-based company. Kenrick is rightly proud of his treasure-trove of wines and recommends these for the coming months: ‘The Ramoro Pinot Grigio, an ‘orange wine’ due to extended skin contact. And the Savatiano, a dry, fruity white wine from Greece. Both of these are perfect for the summer. If you’re a red wine fan, this Cabernet Franc from the South of France would work well at this time of year; it has the softness of a Tuscan wine and is excellent value for money.’ Such was the success of the refillable bottle scheme at the Crystal Palace shop, that the scheme has been introduced at BOB Wines Sydenham. ‘Our wines on tap are really popular, and we rotate a selection of styles to keep things interesting.’ I sampled the dry, fruity rose which would work wonderfully with a selection of seasonal salads. So, it seems that BOB Wines are unstoppable: two stores, a team of knowledgeable and friendly staff, much locally-sourced produce and plenty to taste and discover
BOB Wines 29 Anerley Road SE19 2AS Unit 4 Sydenham Station Approach SE26 5EU BOB WINES Melanie Reeve Wine Alive 44
Melanie’s verdict on Kenrick’s choices Lunaria Ramoro Pinot Grigio 2014 Terre di Chieti IGT, Italy This organic and biodynamic ‘orange wine’ is not your average Pinot Grigio. A short period of skin contact with the pressed juice gives the wine a light coppery hue, more concentrated peach flavours and a slightly fuller mouthfeel. Pair with baked cod and roast chicken. Domaine Papagiannakos Savatiano Old Vines 2015 Markopoulo PGI, Greece Intensely fruity, dry white with bright citrus and tropical fruit notes of fresh pineapple, great with avocado and seafood dishes. (Read more at www.mostlyfood.co.uk) Domaine Mas Barrau Cabernet Franc 2015 Pays du Gard IGP, France Ripe, soft and juicy with aromas of red berry and dark plum. A hint of woody herbs and a touch of pungent spice make this a great match with roasted vegetable pasta or grilled steak.