Champagne at 110 metres above London
29th May 2019
The Oblix restaurant is located in the world famous building of London, The Shard, on the 32 floor and some 110 metres up from ground level, a relaxed and fine wining and dining experience location with stunning panoramic views across the capital.
For wine lovers the Oblix at the Shard is a must visit location, a place open to everyone and not designed to price out anyone from enjoying the atmosphere, you can enjoy a glass of wine from just £6.70 (125ml) and Champagne from just £15. There are currently 30 wines to enjoy by the glass though there is obviously a wider choice if you wish to order a bottle.
For Champagne and Sparkling Wine lovers, there is a detailed list with a selection dedicated to English Sparkling Wine – Names include Billecart Salmon (house Champagne), Salon, Krug, Exton Park and Gusbourne – £2,850 for the 1966 Krug Collection, Brut.
There are also plenty of cocktails with some featuring Champagne:
Rosé: “Liquorice candy and red rose petals on the nose. Great balance, very enjoyable and a Turkish delight flavour.”
Raspberry: “Soft lavender and dry raspberry aromas. Dry flavours initially with raspberry and citrus.”
Oblix at the Shard has a total of 6 Sommeliers and for our visit, we were joined by Vittorio Gentile, Head Sommelier, who explained the vision behind the wine list:
Q: I am pleased to see such a diversity in your wine list, how do you select your wines?
“People love the stories behind the wines on our list, each wine that you choose you can learn something new from. We are always improving our wine list to make it more and more interesting as we are seeing people moving away from ordering bottles of wines to opting for glasses and enjoying variety. Our Sommelier selection changes every two months.
We have a selection of wines that means people can simply enjoy a glass and the experience of the Oblix at the Shard or they can start to explore in greater details our wines such as by our wine & Sommelier station where you can taste fine and rare vintages.
Q: Can guests enjoy wine and food pairing experiences?
“In my mind, there is a pairing for everyone, it is not simply that there is the perfect pairing. The depth of our wine list means that even though we serve many global classic dishes from bar bites of fried squid, chilli and lime to Wagyu beef tomahawk from our a la carte menu, there will be a wine or two that pairs perfectly with the dish you order.“
Co-founder of Glass of Bubbly. Journalist and author focused on Champagne & Sparkling Wines and pairing them with foods.