The people behind the successful family run continental restaurant – La Luna – have launched a wine emporium in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
LA Vino showcases a good range of French, Italian, Chilean, Spanish, German, South African, Californian and New Zealand wines at competitive price points.
It’s also got a fabulous rosé range along with wines from lesser known regions such as Turkey, Austria and, English wine.
Spirit lovers will also find a good selection of gins, rum, whisky and liqueurs.
It replaces the long standing Halifax Wine Company that closed its doors earlier this year.
The team behind La Vino are Tony Yumusak and Charmaine Clarisse.
“Our concept for La Vino is for customers to be able to choose a mixed case of six wines at a discounted price compared to buying them individually,” said MD Charmaine Clarisse.
“We have visited a number of wine makers and handpicked a lot of the wines ourselves.”
Berkmann Cellars is also a supplier to the emporium. The team, at this stage, have no plans to supply restaurants but will offer a number of customer focused tasting events. Events will also continue to take place at the sister restaurant, La Luna.
La Luna, previously known as Café Luna (2002) was opened in 1957 as a restaurant named Blue Dahlia. It was one of the first eateries in Halifax. It’s only had five owners since 1957 and three of them were named Tony.
In 2008 Café Luna underwent major refurbishments to give the restaurant in Westgate, Halifax, and ambience.
Yumusak and his brothers are advocates of using local fresh produce and ingredients to offer a consistency of great quality food.
La Vino opened its doors on 30 April 2018.
Wine expert Helen Doyle and the eatnorth team tasted a few wines… and fell in love with the Turkish Öküzgözü 2014 from eastern Antolia. At 14% volume and priced individually at £10.50.
Öküzgözü is produced from Turkey’s indigenous Öküzgözü grape by wine producer, Diren. Diren was founded by Mustafa Vasfi Diren in 1958. The winery is in the mountainous region of Tokat, north-central Turkey, which, has been at the heart of Turkish grape growing and winemaking for centuries. French winemaker Jean-Luc Colin produces a range of very fresh, vibrant wines.
Medium to full bodied red, dry yet smooth with slightly tannic structure and good fresh acidity. It is very soft in the mouth with flavours of raspberries, blueberry, cherries, a hint of vanilla and a round body – a nice tart finish.
This wine sold out on the opening day!
From the same producer:
Cybele Red (individual price £8.99) is a blend of mainly indigenous grapes with the main grape variety being Öküzgözü.
Medium bodied red juicy wine that is left unoaked to give full expression to its fresh enticing aromas. Red and black fruit flavours of blackberry, strawberry and raspberry. The palate is dry with soft tannins and a round yet refreshing feel in the mouth.
Wine expert Helen Doyle’s liked the 100% Chardonnay Rotari Cuvée 28 + (12.5% vol). Individual price £15.00. £13.50, if you buy a mixed case of six.
Rotari derives from the Longobard King Autari, who fought one of the most important battles along the valleys of this territory in his conquest of Italy and made history with his famous “Edict of Rotari”, a book about the rules of winemaking. Rotari is the specialist sparkling wine-producing arm of Mezzacorona.
This wine is produced solely from Rotari-owned vineyards in the cool Adige Valley, north of Trento. All the grapes are hand-harvested for optimal finesse in the finished wine. It is made in the traditional method.
A good crowd pleasing sparkling. fruity and light for the prosecco lover but more aggressive bubbles and some light bread notes for the Cava/ Champagne lover.
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