Raise A Glass
Park+Bridge in Acton was set up by wine writer Paola Tich, who wanted to offer a unique selection of wines – wines that you wouldn't find in the supermarket – in a place that wasn't daunting to wine novices. All the wines in Park+Bridge come recommended by Tich and her team and are real highlights of their particular field. So whether it is grower champagnes, unusual grapes or biodynamic wines, there are options to suit all palettes and budgets. The Park+Bridge philosophy of great wines is already going down well with the locals, who love the expertise, and weekend wine tastings.

Park+Bridge, 73 Churchfiled Road, W3

What's the Beef?
It’s no secret that some of the best steak and wine in the world comes from Argentina, but did you know that there’s a shop in London devoted to nothing else? Abasto opened this summer in the Connaught Village, just down from Marble Arch, and houses a specialist Argentinian butcher as well as an Argentinian wine merchant. Set up by founder Diego Jacquet, who also opened the Casa Malevo restaurant next door, the shop sells treats such as British-Argentinian sausages, freshly made chimichurri (a green sauce to go with steak) and salsa criolla, as well as traditional empanadas and even an Abasto own-brand beer that was produced in conjunction with fellow Argentine Julio Moncada, who runs the Notting Hill Moncada microbrewery. There’s a small dining area in the shop with a simple, weekly-changing menu, or if you don’t want to eat in, you could always pick up a Patagonian picnic filled with cakes, tarts, farmhouse butter and cheeses, along with plenty of sparkling Argentinian wine. Makes a change from more strawberries and cream...
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