When I started as head sommelier here at L'Ortolan, I was pleased to see that most of the wines are biodynamic, organic and natural. I would like to continue in that direction, but also I would like to introduce to the list some European and new World classics, but also ‘unexpected’ wines. My aim is to rotate the wine list in conjunction with food menu and seasons. I will pay attention to the very highest standard of wine service, encouraging guests and explaining to them our choices and recommendations.
Konrad Lassota, Head Sommelier
ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC AND FULLY 'NATURAL' WINEWe source wines from some of the most sought after producers working in these ways. They are indicated with splendid green bin numbers on the list. The best wines of the past were all natural: the same could be said of today, in an elusive marriage of excellence meets ethics. The most natural, in both farming and winemaking, are grouped together on our specialty 'natural' pages. As might be expected, they can be positively different from 'conventional' wine in appearance and taste: do ask before ordering to know more.
WINE MATCHINGTo complement the food, Konrad and his team offer recommendations from our extensive wine list, including flights of wines to accompany each course on the menu. We are constantly tasting and tuning our wine offering with the ever changing menu and love to introduce the 'fruit' of that work. Whether you are looking for the ideal bottle to accompany your food choices from the menu, or a selection by the glass to go with each course from our tasting menus, our Sommeliers are happy to guide you. Or, just leave the choice to us, with appropriate parameters of course.
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JUST A GLASS?We're aware that a bottle is sometimes a bit much. Half bottles and wines by the glass are available. In addition, we almost always have a variety of other wines that we can offer by the glass, including fully ‘natural’, eclectic and genuinely special examples. Please, just ask.
On occasion you might well feel in need of assistance with your wine experience before or after the event, whether to ensure that special bottle will be available or to find out from where your favourite wine of the evening can be sourced, we would be delighted to assist with any wine queries you may have.
Take a look at our current wine list or for further information please call the restaurant on 0118 988 8500 or email email@example.com
The wine list is subject to change to complement our seasonal menus.
We are delighted to have been given an AA Notable Wine List Award again for 2014-2015, one of only 217 establishments to have achieved this.