It’s always good to find a new (to me) independent business. This one’s in Chorlton (of course) an area where I thought I knew them all as well. I’d finished work about 2 and headed for Chorlton to have a bit of a wander about and see what was going on. I headed up Wilbraham Road looking for the shop that sells Belgian chocolate, but it was closed while the owners have their annual holiday.
Turning back I noticed Tiny’s Tipple, a well set up independent wine store. It is a modern take on the traditional wine store with the front of the shop painted this tasteful grey. The window display contained wines and, intriguingly, dog beds and bowls.
This is Tiny of Tiny’s Tipple. One of two stores that I know of in Chorlton run by dogs. Tiny wasn’t there today, he likes to start his weekend early especially as it’s holiday weekend. This oil painting catches his likeness very well apparently.
Some wine stores can be dark and dusty which can be cool. One of my favourite ones is the one up in Clitheroe in a series of damp cellars which has a great selection of wine and a great atmosphere. This one, with the blonde wood shelving, stripped wooden floor, subtle paint job, with the wine arranged by country enticing you to have a browse, is the opposite of that one but still had a great atmosphere. Plus no dust or damp which is a bonus. Each of the wines are labelled to give you an idea of what the wine is like. Light streams in from the street and the counter looked like, to me, a tastefully toned down version, with its grey and blue tiles, of the bar just installed at ODDEST further along the street.
I’m sure the owners of this store will have had a good time choosing the wines to sell. They seemed to be all ones that I hadn’t heard of before so you’re not going to find anything that you might come across at your local ASDA, Sainsbury’s, TESCO etc. This is a store where you can experiment and try wines you have never seen before.
The front room of the store contains the wines while the back room has a selection of interesting, artisan beers.
I had a good time inspecting the wines on the shelves.
As well as wine and beer they do sell some soft drinks. I was drawn to the range of Fentimen’s drinks. They make soft drinks but to traditional recipes and in traditional ways. We particularly like their tonic water which is the only one we use when we are drinking one of the expensive gins we like. And I like their Curiosity Cola and Seville Orange Jigger.
This was my haul. At the back is a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio from the Veneto (near Venice) region. It’s one of my favourite grape varieties for making wine. I like the combination of fruit and dryness. The wine of the left is also from Italy. It’s called Mosketto. I’ve never had it before but the label promises me the scent of white flowers with peach and citrus fruit flavours. Without the pop of a champagne, it has a slight fizz to it as well. If you want a bottle you might be out of luck as I got the last one in the store. Maybe more will be on their way.
On the Fentimen’s shelf I spotted one I hadn’t had before. A cherry flavoured cola drink called Cherrytree Cola. Not sure what it will be like but am pretty sure it will be good.
They have regular wine tastings which sound fun. They are not the kind of tastings where you are ‘taught’ about the wine. It’s more of a social occasion where you can try some wine and enjoy some food made by a company run by one of the guy’s girlfriend (I think that’s what he said, apologies if I got it wrong). It could be something fun to do in the autumn with a view to stocking up on some Christmas wines.
Their website is….
And the food is provided by….
She seems to run something that I have heard of but have never experienced. Rather than eating her food in a restaurant, she hosts restaurant evenings in her own home. I’ve heard of this happening in London but had no idea that the concept had moved up to Manchester. Something else fun to try…