To cosmopolitan types such as ourselves, there’s something fundamentally naff about the notion of wine bars in London. Perhaps it’s the vision it inspires of 1980s’ yuppies quaffing a liquid lunch, or the thought of sharing a venue with a raucous hen party fiending for Chardonnay. One visit to Vinoteca, however, will pleasurably expel this prejudice. Gone is any pretence or outmoded stuffiness, and in its place is a warm, welcoming paean to the vinotecas and enotecas of Spain and Italy. Though the décor is laidback and rustic, it’s also a venue that is as polished in its offering as its chattering Clerkenwell patrons. Oenophile owners Brett Woonton, Charlie Young and Elena Ares have sourced the finest wines from across Europe and beyond, focusing on distinctive but affordable cuvées, while the delicious tapas-style menu – cheeses with nobbly homemade oatcakes, cured meats, plus full roasts – is largely procured from foodie mecca Smithfield Market; tasting evenings (£10) and grape-matched dinners (£70) put to use some of their 280 different wines. And if you love the wine, you can even buy some from the in-store shop. We take it all back about wine bars.