Falkirk is often overlooked and not somewhere where you’d expect the next budding generation of oenophiles to gather, but it is here you’ll find the recently opened Wine Library.
Situated on Princes Street, Falkirk, The Wine Library is a charming watering hole where wine is the focus and this can clearly be seen on entering the bar, with its large modern counter and a full back display of wines.
The perception of wine is changing and the Wine Library is working hard to open up the world of wine to a new demographic by having their own sommelier available to provide you with insight and help navigate you through their Wine Bible.
The Wine Bible provides information on regions, grape varieties, tasting notes and pricing – they take their wine seriously here! They have quite a selection working with local suppliers to import some of the best wines from around the world – France, Italy, Spain, Chile, South Africa, new world and old world wines as well as some great local craft beers and gins.
We tried out the French Pierre et Papa Comte Tolosan IGP white wine – soft, succulent stone fruit and a delicious off-dry finish; and the red wine – beautiful flavours of red berries like raspberry and cassis, amplified with slightly minty notes. Smooth, round and full bodied on the fruity palate and some spicy notes in the finish.
And we finished off with the Champagne Clos de la Chapelle, Brut Instinct 1er Cru – dry champagne dominated by the Pinot Meunier grape which gives it a great power and intensity.
And as we are all aware, cheese and cured meats are the perfect accompaniment to wine. The Wine Library offers a small variety of meat, cheese and seafood platters and various light lunch options.
We were provided with a taster platter from all three platters. Our board came loaded with serrano ham, salami, chorizo, fresh bread from the local bakery, selection of pickles & cheeses including cheddar, brie, smoked and blue, smoked salmon, beetroot relish, prawns and smoked mackerel. Perfect if you’re hungry or if you just want a nibble to accompany your wine.
The Wine Library promotes a convivial atmosphere. The main bar is the ideal stop for a night out, the snug is the perfect area for a quiet drink with your partner and the space upstairs will get the party started. They also host monthly wine tasting evenings. Their first one which was on the 12th November sampled 12 wines on their menu and the next one coming up on the 11th December will be focusing on fizz and festive wines. Prices range from £20-25 per ticket and available from the Wine Library directly.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Wine Library and award them my Silver Spoon Award
Some interesting facts about wine:
• The smell of young wine is called an “aroma” while a more mature wine offers a more subtle “bouquet”
• One bottle of wine contains about 1.27kg of grapes / 600 – average number of grapes
• The lip of a red wine glass is sloped inward to capture the aromas of the wine and deliver them to your nose.
• California has more chardonnay grapes than any place in the world.
• There is more alcohol in mouthwash than wine.
The Wine Library, 1 Princes Street, Falkirk. Tel : 01324 412192