Hexagon Classics, a specialist car showroom in leafy north London have teamed up with wine expert and author, Bert Blaize, to open Bottles ‘N’ Jars: a luxury wine and deli epicentre in Highgate & East Finchley. With floor to ceiling glass and spread over two floors, the store sits proudly beside the iconic classic car dealership. Named after rhyming slang for ‘cars’, in homage to the motoring roots of the location, Bottles ‘N’ Jars will provide a space for delicious wine, artisan coffee and European deli delights, alongside expert craftmanship – serving to recharge and refuel their local community and beyond.
With neighbourhood entertaining looking like it’s here to stay, Bottles ‘N’ Jars opening is perfectly timed to introduce the local area to the hundreds of wines individually selected by Blaize, co-author of bestselling wine bible, Which Wine When. From funky new labels by emerging wine makers, to bottles as classic as the cars, visitors are invited to explore under his expert guidance, purchase on his recommendation and be surprised by his pairings. Be it the perfect bottle for the evening’s meal or carefully curated monthly cases, Blaize and team are on hand to help. Fans of vermouth, grappa and fine spirits are also catered for from their decerning selection of vintages.
With the food offering taken equally seriously, deli groceries guaranteed to embellish kitchen pantries and elevate dinner repertoires include: jars of salted caramel figs, squid ink fideos and smoked alioli; vinegars infused with cherries, all the way to classics from Modena; organic small-batch olive oils; dried pastas from Italy, or for the more ambitious customer, the perfect flour to make your own. Fresh bread is delivered daily by a local bakery and a special partnership with master coffee roasters, Notes, providing their special blend coffees for takeaway as well as exclusive Bottle ‘N’ Jars blends to brew at home. Cheese is provided by north London cheese expert, Holly Chaves of Wine & Rind.
With the festive season around the corner, curated hampers and gifts bringing together the best of their deli offering, and wine selection will be available for local delivery right up until Christmas Eve, whilst locals can stock up on Christmas luxuries and provisions to the last minute.
The space will run a program, designed by Balize, of masterclasses, tastings and talks – kicking off in 2020.
Bert says of the launch: “Opening a bottle shop has long been an ambition of mine which was amplified following the success of the book. I’m really looking forward to chatting people though their choices, getting to know our locals and creating a fun and interactive space for wine lovers”
Founded in 1963 by Paul Michaels, Hexagon Classics has been a north London motor institute for decades. Bottles N Jars will be the first opening within this soon to be multi-purpose space, welcoming the wider local community to enjoy good food, wine, art and music on their doorstep.