It so happens that the average wine bottle measures 12′ – the same as a long-player record. A wine bottle is also the same diameter as the hole in a record sleeve. Such symmetries as these I interpret as the universe saying ‘yes’ to my (and my mate Ben’s) new little venture, Wine & Vinyl.

We had our first market stall last Saturday at the new Blackhorse Workshop market in Walthamstow: I provided the wine, Ben the records. We figure we’ve both worked for long enough in wine and music, respectively, and both love these twin pillars of pleasure enough, to be able to offer something interesting, and to do so with proper enthusiasm.

Saturday’s market hinted that we may be right. We had a cracking time, tried some lovely produce and met some lovely, talented fellow traders: galette maestros Les Deux Amies, Simon the baker/beer brewer, Ben the blacksmith, Anderson the leathercraft guy and Saphira (sp?) the jewellery maker, to name a few.

We can’t wait for the next, which is on February 7 – although we are trying to set up a special late event at the workshop for the end of January that will involve craft beer, finest wines and music. I’ll keep everyone posted on here and on Twitter (follow us @wineandvinyl)/Facebook.

On the records side, Ben will be putting together material from cutting edge artists and bands. Last Saturday he had a collection that included Brighton ‘krautpop’ band AK/DK, Omega Male and I am Ampersand (side projects from Fujiya and Miyagi), plus some brilliant world music pop stuff from London label Catapulte Records. I was hoping to get Danny Passarella, alias Passarella Death Squad, involved as well but ran out of time. Hopefully he’ll there at the next one.

On the wine side, I took a selection of natural, organic and biodynamic bottles that had made a big impression on me in the past year or so, plus a Christmassy Rutherglen Muscat and some potent Armagnac-laced mulled wine.

Top sellers were the COS Frappato, an unfailingly delicious light to medium-bodied Sicilian red – my favourite wine of 2014; Jean-Francois Ganevat Y’ A Bon, a rich, gamay-based red made in the Jura (those who like portmanteaus sometimes call it ‘Juralais’ or ‘Beaujura’); and L’Autrement de Lamery, a biodynamic Bordeaux blend from Jacques Broustet, a small (yield, not height) producer I visited in Entre Deux Mers a couple of years ago.

The Blackhorse Road market is just the start for Wine & Vinyl. We’re planning to set up at at least one other market in the near future, as well as organising special events with live music and wine tastings. It’s all happening. The wines are good, the music is good – and festival season isn’t far away…

So remember the name – Wine & Vinyl – and look out for us popping up and providing finest grape and gramophone pressings at a venue near you soon.




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