Strolling down Church Street in Twickenham on a Saturday is a wonderful way to pass the time, maybe stopping in at one of the many pubs or restaurants along the way. But a particular highlight is tucked away at the end of the street behind Pincho (a popular tapas restaurant) in the form of a glorious independent wine shop called Warren Wines. Incidentally, Warren doesn’t actually exist but James (the owner) named it after his Grandmother’s farm in Guildford, Warren Farm.
The selection of wine on offer is substantial yet interesting and I’m pleased to report that they don’t just sell bottles for over £15 – which I may have forgiven them for, considering it is Twickenham. Instead there is a good selection at the lower end of the price scale which is unusual and wonderful to see in an independent wine shop. But of course if it’s a more expensive bottle of wine you’re after – whether it’s new world or old world, the team at Warren Wines will quite happily help you select it for whatever the occasion may be.
By far the best part however, is in a neat little corner of the shop stands an enomatic system, dispensing free tastes of various wines (both red and white) on offer for the week or month ahead. When we visited it was loaded with 4 different varieties of Seven Springs – a South African vineyard – needless to say we walked away with 2 bottles. I’ve also just ‘liked’ Warren Wines on facebook and discovered they had the Seven Springs winemakers in the shop last Saturday offering tastings and advice to customers, which I hope is a regular thing.
Overall, a friendly wine shop in the heart of Twickenham that’s perfect for locals and certainly worth a visit if you’re in the area. And if you’re lucky enough to be there in the summer (when the sun is actually out), come armed with some plastic cups and take a bottle from Warren’s down to the river to enjoy – you certainly won’t want to miss the smartly dressed locals stumbling from rented rowing boats as they work their way through a Thames pub crawl!