Wine preservation machines dispense taster-sized samples of wines in perfect condition. Enomatic machines (and other brands) first appeared in top-level wine bars, but now even forward-thinking off-licences use them, often in combination with a pre-paid ‘smartcard’ that allows you to top yourself up
There are 32 wines on rotation on the Enomatic dispensers, with around half of them changing each week at this tiny shop in Hackney. Load up a smartcard (£5 minimum) and taste your way around the world.
The warm atmosphere at these refined wine bars encourages lingering over a glass or two. The original Kensington Wine Rooms has 40 (mostly) reds and whites on the machines, while the newly opened Fulham branch has 48. Both branches offer different regularly changing selections by the sip or the glass from the vast catalogue.
This capacious wine shop in Twickenham has an extensive range of interesting wines, 250 bottled beers and 16 bottles on an Enomatic system with selectins that change each month. Unusually, 25ml tasters of wine are free, and there are also firkins (casks) of the resident Twickenham and Dark Star ales for sampling.
This Islington wine shop was one of the first to install an extensive bank of Enomatic machines for try-and-buy tastings. Bottles change every day but collections are the same at both the original shop and the new Kensington branch. Charge up a card (£10 minimum) and sip a variety of wines, each priced in line with their value.
A hundred bottles line the walls, their contents cocooned in inert gas for sipping pleasure at this new Fulham shop. Wine cards for sampling (minimum £10) go a long way, with most 25ml sips priced at 50p and none above £2.50. Wines are grouped according to style and there are accurate tasting cards to take home to help keep track of which wines you like.