which is off the well beaten track across Covent Garden, yet has a buzzy vibe
all of its own and feels a bit like a tiny piazza that you stumble across in
Italy. CVS has a small collection of tables outside where you can feel like you
really are on some continental city break, weather pending of course. Inside
looked pretty cosy – Mr Husband and I have made a note to return in the winter
months (soon then) to check it out again after happily quaffing and scoffing
the afternoon away in the Indian summer.
glass: CVS has a mystery wine of the month which appealed to my competitive streak.
I failed miserably to guess the Barbera d’Alba (it’s ok, I can tell you now as it
was applicable for September) – basically because it was so smooth and
balanced, not like the tannicky Barberas I’ve had all too often in the UK. Mr
Husband played it safe and had a glass of Chablis, which was excellent: in
addition to the archetypal flintiness and minerality, there was a creamy
freshness to it and a slight hint of peaches. Amazing complexity for the price.
is rustic and simple, but not
very much for vegetarians or vegans. I had crudités and then saffron risotto, which is absolutely delicious.
But the wines, OMG! I managed to persuade Mr Italophile
Husband to consider south France for our habitual main-course-bottle-of red and
once we’d settled for something either from Languedoc Roussillon or South
Rhone, we asked our (Italian) waiter what he liked. We ended up with a bottle
of Domaine Leon Barrell Faugeres 2011. Faugeres is a region we had heard of but
never dabbled – not least
for fear of mispronouncing.
of wine that blew us away (ok, it was quite heady in terms of alcohol) and made us
vow to hunt out some more examples of Faugeres. Mr Italian Waiter did say it
reminded him of wine from his home country – and we agreed, at least by the
aromas anyway – sweet, but not quite as rich as something like an Amarone. On
the palette, it was full-on black fruit – damsons and black cherries – with oodles
of spice. There’s so much going on – violets and herbs as well – all complemented
by silky, slippery tannins. I can’t recommend this enough.
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels (CVS), 8-10 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP http://www.cvssevendials.com/