A glass of cheer

Newly opened Covino in Rufus Court is breaking the mould of the traditional bar offering. The cosy setting is primarily a retail space with a choice of over 100 specially selected wines from small vineyards around the world plus a specially blended olive oil. The new part is that you can purchase any of the wines and drink them on the premises with a £10 corkage charge – so the more expensive the wine, the better the value for money! There are also small plates of charcuterie and fromagerie and delicious olives to go with fresh breads that are delivered every morning from Paul Hollywood’s Born and Bread.

Covino is the brainchild of Chester wine merchant Christopher Laidler, 27, who has supplied some of the country’s best restaurants and hotels, including several of Chester’s most popular eateries, such as The Chef's Table, Sticky Walnut, Joseph Benjamin and Ginger. He says, “The inspiration for Covino came from visits to some of the best small producers throughout Europe, each showcasing unusual grape varieties and wine from lesser known regions. Covino will be my interpretation of an enoteca – a small wine shop and bar format that is popular on the continent – offering great value handcrafted wines in a relaxed intimate atmosphere, alongside a selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie.

“I always encourage people to try something new and step out of their comfort zone. Covino will offer a mixture of unusual grape varieties from around the world as well as classics with a twist, so there will definitely be something to suit everyone.”

So if you fancy taking a seat in one of Chester’s smallest wine bars head over to 10 Rufus Court – they’re open from 11am til 10pm most days.
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