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In the Chablis-swilling West London enclave of Chiswick, it takes some guts to throw out a wine list full of safe, popular bets and replace it with bottles from Georgia, Slovenia and the Jura in France. Especially when we’re not talking about destination restaurant Hedone – but neighbourhood favourite Charlotte’s Bistro.
Yet that’s exactly what operations director Matthew Mawtus has done, just months after joining Charlotte’s from 1 Lombard Street. A former manager and sommelier at some of London’s top restaurants he’s overhauled the list so that all the wines are organic, biodynamic or natural. (more…)