Wine of the month

When we think of Champagne, we often conjure up images of the giant, established houses with familiar brand names. Yet grower Champagne, or ‘growers’ — defined as single producers who own and tend to their own vineyards, as opposed to sourcing grapes from elsewhere — have become the new custodians of craft-led wines in the region.

We’ve chosen some of our favourite sparkles from a small selection of talented growers, just in time for the festive season. Just ask for our little black book of treasures at the bar.

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Bérèche et Fils

producer story

Nestled in Montagne des Reims, a stone’s throw from the village and premier cru vineyards of Ludes, Bérèche et Fils has been a respected grower ...

Andrew Nielsen

producer story

Imagine a big, burly Australian with a laugh that lights up a thousand rooms and you have Le Grappin’s Andrew Nielsen. Andrew came from a publis...

Beaujolais

wine of the month

Something of a dirty word in the 80s, Beaujolais – a light, juicy style of red wine grown in the eponymous region, from gamay grapes ̵...

Our Producers

Abbaye de Fontfroide, Arpents du Soleil, Domaine Villet, Lucien Aviet & Fils, Michel Gahier, Domaine Bertrand, Domaine des Foudres, Lemorton, Pierre Huet, Domaine Auffray, Jean-Marc Brocard, Chateau Castel la Rose, Vignobles Albert Schweitzer, Chantecotes, Chateau des Correges, Cellier Saint Sidoine, Chateau Deffends, Maravenne, Domaine des Tournels, Clos Cibonne, Abadia de Acon, Altavins, Adegas Arousa, Monatesterio de Corias, Garmence, Frome Valley Vineyard, Castle Brook, Besos de Oro, Botty Vineyard, Haut Mansion, Longue-DoC Wines, Melbury Vale Vineyard, Old Walls Vineyard, Terreno, Cassafrassi, Azienda Vinicola, Cantina Scala.

About us

The Drop is a wine bar and restaurant from the people behind Barrafina, Quo Vadis and El Pastor. We serve carefully sourced wines and broadly British dishes, with a focus on provenance and personality.

For us, the joy of drinking wine is about a shared experience. For this reason, many of the bottles on our list come from winemakers who we’ve met on our travels, or who we admire for their ‘gently does it’ approach to making wine. We look to classic regions where young, dynamic winemakers are making a splash with their own take on tradition, as well as celebrating weird and wonderful wines from lesser-trodden corners of the globe. Whether you want to go off the beaten path, or find an old favourite — of which we’ll try to select the best or most exciting example — we’ve got you covered. For something special, just ask for our little black book, which has a rotating selection of our favourite, ‘when it’s gone, it’s gone’ wines.

Food-wise, we work simply with the best seasonal ingredients we can get our hands on. Beautiful meats, cheeses and vegetables, and the freshest oysters served from our cart. It’s broadly British, but we wouldn’t baulk at a burrata.