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Decanter Magazine: Justin Knock MW Chooses His Top London Wine Bars

As part of the recent Decanter World Wine Awards where our own Justin Knock MW sat on the judging panel, Decanter asked Justin for recommendations on his favourite London wine bars. 

Justin's top picks? Sager + Wilde, Donostia and José Tapas Bar

Sager + Wilde: "I love Michael’s massively engaged enthusiasm at Sager + Wilde, the range is full of wines that I am always interested in drinking, with a common theme of elegance tying them all together. They are so reasonably priced that I always end up spending 3-4 bottles there rather than one, with friends of course. Sager + Wilde brought some much needed fun to wine drinking in London – it reminds me of drinking in great wine bars in Melbourne. It’s almost impossible to go there and not run into someone from the wine trade. Get there early and prepare for a long evening"

Donostia: "Donostia in Seymour St is becoming our convenient lunchtime meeting restaurant of choice in Marylebone. It was here that I first had the aged Galician beef that Donostia and sister restaurant Lurra are now championing to great effect. The wine list is neat and tidy with both classic names and delicious value wines out of Catalonia and Basque country too"

José Tapas Bar: "José on Bermondsey St – it’s busy, crowded but it all happens super-fast in José. Even when they’re flat out, it’s often possible to walk in, squeeze in on a counter and grab a chilled half bottle of fresh Manzanilla while you wait for the wonderful tapas. They do the basics so well – Tortilla, Jamon Iberico and Croquetas are amongst the best in London. It’s the ideal place for a 30 minute refuelling stop"

Read the full article on Decanter here

Top image courtesy of Sager + Wilde

Bottom image courtesy of Donostia