A great name for a wine merchant – Philglas and Swiggot. Founded in 1991 the company is unashamedly upmarket with three stores in Richmond-upon-Thames, Marylebone and Battersea. They have been crowned London Wine Merchant of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
When we first started, we believed that there was the need for a good, down to earth, friendly and helpful specialist wine shop offering a range of interesting wines from mostly smaller producers. A sort of antidote to the increasing anonymity and sameness of the big chain stores.Philglas & Swiggot was founded in 1991 with its first shop in Battersea’s Northcote Road. Now, nearly two decades later, we have two more shops, one in Richmond upon Thames and the most recently opened one in Marylebone. When we first started, we believed that there was the need for a good, down to earth, friendly and helpful specialist wine shop offering a range of interesting wines from mostly smaller producers. A sort of antidote to the increasing anonymity and sameness of the big chain stores. It was a struggle at first, but we never compromised on our mission to bring as many as possible of the world’s more interesting and innovative wines to our customers. We have been rewarded in the enormous increase in wine drinking in the UK and the resulting growth in demand for the more characterful styles.
That’s not to say that we go out of our way to source weird and eccentric wines, but we do believe in “Life after Chardonnay” and we do our best to seek out the absolute best style and quality from each region of the world…and if we don’t find anything that fits the bill we won’t list a wine just to be able to tick a box.
They list a a superb range of wines “cherry-picked from well-known estates and up-and-coming producers”. Australia is their main strength with 160 wines listed. Burgundy, smaller producers only, and Italy, from the approachable to the Super-Tuscans, not far behind in terms of breadth, excitement and interest though.
The Philglas & Swiggot Subscriber Club offers a 12-bottle mixed case with tasting notes (bi-monthly or every 3 months) with prices ranging from £120 up to £250 a case. I have heard some good things about these selections that often include some of the rarer wines from the list.
A good website, with online ordering and decent tasting notes.
- Marylebone 22 New Quebec Street London W1H 7SB t:020 7402 0002
- Battersea 21 Northcote Road London SW11 1NG t:020 7924 4494
- Richmond 64 Hill Rise Richmond, Surrey TW10 6UB t: 020 8332 6031