Both vino virgins and seasoned wine lovers should find solace in Cantina, the smartest of several eating and drinking options at the sprawling Vinopolis complex. The dramatic Victorian railway arches and high ceilings are softened by welcoming wood furniture and a healthy buzz, while the modern European menu is full of versatile dishes designed to complement the breadth of the wine list. Open your account with duck rillettes or spiced grilled squid with panzanella salad, olives and chorizo salsa, before tackling pumpkin tortelloni with parsley-butter sauce, rump of Herdwick lamb with girolles, or halibut with French beans, sun-blushed tomatoes, mushroom and chive velouté. Desserts are solid crowd-pleasers in the mould of fig and almond tart or dark-chocolate mousse with banana sponge and raspberry sorbet. BEST BUY WHITE 2008 Peter Lehmann, My Word is My Bond Riesling, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia, £22.75. BEST BUY RED 2007 Lyeth, L Merlot, Sonoma County, California, USA, £28.25.
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