Build Your Own – Wine Hipster

HipsterWine hipsters are one of the foodie/drinkie strands of the hipster clan, they are easily discernible by their distinctive dress sense, love of (super) natural wine, extreme beards, wine related tattoos and patronage of  the capitals best bars and wine centric restaurants. The below will not only help you track a real one down and observe it in its natural habitat, it will also explain how to put together the ultimate wine hipster. We will be focusing on the male of the species here as the female is much harder to spot in the wild due to lack of beard.

Give us a kiss x

Give us a kiss x

What do they look like?
There are varying levels of wine hipster but the finest examples will have their hipster cranked up to eleven, exhibiting full on beard action and/or accompanied by a circus strongman style curly mustache.

Too much orange wine?

Too much orange wine can turn your beard orange. FACT.

Headgear can involve everything from a porkpie hat to a beanie you could fit your leg in, often worn half off the head. Haircuts usually involve a shaved back and sides with plenty of growth up top, along with a well defined side parting. There can also be a fair amount of scarf action going on in the colder months, sometimes this can get out of hand. Four wine hipsters died from scarf suffocation in 2014 alone, many blame this on Lenny Kravits

Hipster shirtA check shirt is often part of the mix up, usually accompanied by some form of contrasting braces and even a waistcoat for good measure. Bowties are always a big plus though some of the more refined will go with the buttoned up shirt après tie or similar style granddad collar.

Which ones fake?

Which ones fake?

Visible tattoos also garner extra points, these will often feature a favourite grape variety but be careful, there are many fakes out there, especially when it comes to Riesling. Trousers are likely to be of the skinny persuasion and never quite manage to reach the (usually loud) socks, in extreme cases there will also be a drastically lowered crotch.

Psychedelic Gnome

Psychedelic Gnome

Footwear can show great variation, anything from colorful, often pastel style trainers to crisp brown brogues, even black DM’s are fair game.

Hipster bikeTransportation is usually in the form of a fixie or sit-up and beg bicycle, often plain with highlighted flashes of colour along with some well chosen accessories.

Wheels

Ouch, that looks painful!

Where can I see one in the wild?

East London is your best bet, though they have been known to head into central and even South London of a Saturday to graze and sometimes mate. Head to the following neighborhoods where they are known to roam and you might get lucky;

Dalston, Hoxton, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Broadway market and even as far north as Clapton in deepest, darkest Hackney. To confirm you are observing the real deal and not just any old run of the mill hipster you will need to either sight them with a copy of Noble Rot or stalk them until they enter one of the following shops/bars/restaurants;
East
Brawn, Sager + Wilde, Mission, Newcomer Wines, Noble Fine Liquor, Peg + Patriot, Passione Vino, Verden.
Central
Terroirs, Antidote, Duck Soup, The 10 Cases.
South
40 Maltby Street, Toasted, Bar Tozino, José (or anywhere else Sherry might be served).

Noble Rot: A wonderful magazine but hard to hide.

Noble Rot: A wonderful magazine (& not just for wine hipsters) but hard to hide.

If you are unable to find a wine hipster at one of these spots just sit down and order a glass of something, you’re probably in one of the capitals best wine spots and I’m sure they’ll be one along soon, they have rather good taste (in wine).

RAWTo view this species en masse all you need to do is buy a ticket to RAW the artisan wine fair, held once a year at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, you will not be disappointed, it’s really something to behold!

What you need to build your own wine hipster

Mondavi Specks

Wine peepers

Woodzee Robert Mondavi Recycled oak wine barrel shades £120

Luuuke, I am your father

Luuuke, I am your father

Hair and beard trim at Rocket Barbers £23

Jura Dickie Bow. No, you're a Dickie Bow

Jura Dickie Bow. No, you’re a Dickie Bow

Philippe Bornard Bow tie £20.48

Nightmare on Shacklewell Lane

Nightmare on Shacklewell Lane

Check Shirt £15
Some charity shop off Brick Lane

Pant suspenders? Braces mate.

Pant suspenders? Braces mate.

Braces £25

Hipster socksPlaid turn up trouser £150

Colourful knit socks £20

Watch your creps don't get TCA

Watch your creps don’t get TCA

Nike Air Max 90 Cork Special edition Trainers £180

Maybe not such a good idea....

Maybe not such a good idea….

Assorted wine related tattoos £50-£2000

To stock up your wine hipsters cellar, concentrate on small artisanal producers working in an organic and or biodynamic fashion in the following regions;
France; Beaujolais, Loire, Jura, Savoie.
Italy; Friuli Venezia Giulia, Etna, Sicily.
Slovenia; Brda, Istria.
Georgia; Kakheti.
Greece; Pella
Hungary; Sopron
Austria; Burgenland, Kärnten, Südsteiermark

The only glasses allowed to be used are these ones from Chef & Sommelier (don’t ask me why).

Chef and somm glassSo there you go, you should be able to cobble together a decent wine hipster for just over £600 quid (cellar not included). Happy hunting!

DISCLAIMER – I have nothing personal against hipsters, people with beards/tatt’s/braces/bowties etc. In fact I find them fascinating to observe. No hipsters were hurt in the making of this article which was written to lampoon (love that word) and in jest, if you have been offended I’m sincerely sorry.

NOT x

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