Ved Stranden 10 in Copenhagen

Wine at the beach.

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In a capital such as Copenhagen, with its cobblestoned streets and brightly coloured 18th century townhouses, it can be difficult to decipher between what is simply quaint and what is justly worth visiting. A wine bar and shop located in the city’s heart, across from the seat of Danish Parliament at Christiansborg Palace with direct access to Slotsholmen’s canal, Ved Stranden 10 should not be mistaken for the former.

A choice favourite among locals and visitors alike, Ved Stranden 10—which translates to “at the beach”—offers an impressive collection of biodynamic wines in an equally striking space. Built in 1796 after the Copenhagen Fire of 1795, Ved Stranden 10 has a long history of merchants and owners that eventually led to its current proprietor, Christian Nedergaard. Designed as only a Dane could do it, the interior is outfitted with timeless mid-century modern furniture. As if to invite guests into a home, “the wine is the focus but the key to Ved Stranden is to create a place for people to meet,” says Nedergaard. Crating in the vintage is Sebastian Rind Nellemann, a respected name on the Copenhagen scene. With already one successful wine shop, Österreich Vin, and consulting for restaurants such as the much-lauded Noma, Nellemann certainly knows his way around. “We put a lot of emphasis on serving the wine correctly, in the right glass and at the right temperatures,” says Nellemann.

With a selection centered on natural and unvarnished wines, the establishment serves both inexpensive and exclusive bottles from small top producers. “We have affordable and expensive wines but without exception, good wines,” explains Nedergaard. “They’re wines that we ourselves would want to drink.” Note, however, that there is no actual menu. Instead, a tailored experience is offered: ascertaining personal preferences and tastes, the sommeliers on staff will suggest a range of the grape to try. Once a pick has been made, enjoy a glass—or two—inside, outside, or take the bottle to go. Should you decide to stay, small antipasti plates such as rustic sourdough, house-made rillettes, and charcuterie are available to accompany the chosen vino. A perfect evening at the beach.

Photos by Sheila Lam.

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October 1, 2015