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In my hometown of Liverpool, everyone has a favourite wino, and I don’t mean the beggars shivering outside men’s shops, I mean the city’s wine shops, which despite the implausible number of winos are few and far between. In Copenhagen however, it’s a different story. Unfortunately, wining your away across the capital is too expensive for a lot of us, so in an effort to save you some time, here are a few places I would recommend, all of which stock good wine that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, if you have one.
Nørre Voldgade 90, Cph K; 3312 9599
If there is only one subject you should trust a Frenchman on, it is wine. My only French friend recommended what looks, to all intents and purposes, like a kiosk. Despite its exterior, it has a remarkable selection of reasonably priced French wines. Don’t expect any advice (the employees may be French-speaking but are definitely not French), but it’s near Nørreport station, making it ideal for last minute pick-ups.
Smallegade 22, Frederiksberg; www.smallevine.dk
My pick of the bunch, the staff (all two of them) have an encyclopaedic knowledge and never fail to impress me with their recommendations. They have recently opened a web shop, a sure sign that business must be brisk, but I would always pay a personal visit because you can’t suck the occasional free samples they offer through your keyboard – I have tried.
Gammel Kongevej 172A, Frederiksberg; cash only
I was trying to pick up some hard-to-find spirits on New Year’s Eve and stumbled across this place. Located inside what must be Gammel Kongevej’s smallest entrance way, you will find an old man hiding behind a window stocked to the rafters with all the spirits you could ask for. To my surprise, the shop is stocked with Hungarian and Eastern European wines that I had thought could only be purchased directly on the banks of the Danube. Said old man only accepts cash but take more than you would think and a sturdy bag as he is a wily bugger.
stores across Denmark; www.irma.dk
A mecca for organic foodies, IRMA has the best selection of new and old world wines you will find in any major retailer. Starting at 60 kroner a bottle their selection isn’t cheap, but anything over 90 kroner and you are onto a sure-fire winner. The Barolo they stock is some of the best I have tasted, and I was lucky enough to backpack my way round that region’s vineyards last summer – my girlfriend wasn’t impressed with the camping part of it, but the wine was a different story.