Introducing the wine list at JSW
Jake's passion for wine is self evident judging by his vast choice of wine. His 700-strong list covers the globe. But, contrary to some Michelin starred restaurants (and many other restaurants), it is a fairly priced one.
Jake sources wines from five suppliers including the highly-acclaimed Berkmann, Berry Bros and Fareham Wine Cellars.
There are over 45 bottles under £30 with no less than 14 by the glass including a Sauvignon Blanc Gran Hacienda, Chile, 2011 at £7.50, a Pinot Noir Philippe de Rothschild, france 2011 from £6.00
Jake, whose Alsace wine selection is second to none, has chosen 50% New World, 50% Old World wines.
The list demonstrates a true feeling of terroir, a sense of place and craft, whether it be from the Old or New World which encompasses the Loire, the Rhone, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace but equally Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, North and South America.
His half bottle list of no less than 80 selections is rarely to be found in many restaurants. Ranging from a Pouilly Fumé 2008 £19 to a Cotes de Beaune Village, Louis Latour 2007 £28, the choice is an eclectic one mainly sourced from French, Italian, German and Austrian vineyards.
Dessert wines, a remarkable list of 38 half bottles, range from Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos Hongary (£75) and Baron Philippe De Rothschild (Sauternes, £27) and to pushing-the-boat-out Chateau d'Yquem, Grand Cru at £175 (1998).
'Robert Parker, the American wine writer whose guides are hugely important to wine lovers, has raised the barrier a lot,' Jake believes, wine growers and blenders taking note of his knowledge and influence, the result an increasing quality over quantity.
The list also includes local beers, cocktails, ciders, 7 port choices and a full list of spirits and non-alcoholic drinks.