The city of Dunkeld may be most well-known for its Douglas firs, nevertheless it’ll quickly function a enterprise named in tribute to a Californian tree.
Wine store, kitchen and bar, Redwood, opens in July, and is owned by husband and spouse workforce, Huge Tree Nation native, Roseanna, 37, and Morgwn Preston-Jones, 38, initially from Oregon.
“We selected the title for its Californian connection to the large redwoods and our location in Dunkeld surrounded by lush, dense pine forests”, says Roseanna. “We frequently stroll the native trails surrounded by these towering bushes, discussing and sharing our concepts for the enterprise and relishing in our luck at dwelling in such a gorgeous a part of Scotland.”
Their new venue can be within the former premises of a put up workplace and village store, in a city that options different meals companies comparable to Flora Shedden’s ARAN Bakery and Dunkeld Smoked Salmon. Behind the window, which has been gilded by a redwood department and cones, there can be wines from Wanderlust, small plates, and a possibility to brush up your tasting expertise and uncover some new vino.
“The mission is to make wine accessible and enjoyable by discovering smaller boutique vintners in addition to exploring extra classical vignerons”, says Roseanna. “Whether or not internet hosting intimate tastings or bigger gatherings, the method is straightforward; making individuals snug speaking about wine. We need to relieve the stress and snobbery of the wine world and make it enjoyable, simple, academic, and accessible”.
It’s taken some time for the couple, who met behind the counter of a New York cafe 15 years in the past, to grasp their plan.
“We labored collectively in a small espresso store referred to as Hope & Union in Brooklyn whereas hustling by way of school and work gigs”, says Roseanna. “We all the time dreamt of proudly owning our personal enterprise collectively since these early days collectively again within the US”.
Since then, Roseanna, who can be taking care of front-of-house at Redwood, has labored for luxurious manufacturers together with London jeweller Boodles and Edinburgh’s Hamilton & Inches. In addition to official wine coaching, Morgwn has racked up expertise within the kitchens at London’s Moro, Bedales Wines at Borough Market in addition to Dunkeld’s Seafood Home. He additionally has household connections within the wine business, as his step-mother owns Groth Vineyards & Vineyard in Napa Valley, who’re identified for his or her cabernet sauvignon. Redwood would be the solely stockist of this in Scotland. Nonetheless, they’ll additionally advocate for Scottish items.
Their minimal inside design will embrace oak bar tops which might be constituted of wooden sourced from Murthly Citadel Property, the plates are by Argyll’s Sea Drift Pottery and so they plan to serve Dunkeld Smoked Salmon, who share the identical road with them, in addition to different native produce.
“We’re as enthusiastic about meals as we’re about wine”, says Roseanna. “Alongside house-made charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, preserves, and natural produce, we are going to supply a weekly altering menu of ingenious riffs on wine bar classics – all pushed by the very best of the season”.
This may embrace Morgwn’s signature beef tartare, or tacos, maybe served to a soundtrack of Herbie Hancock or Metallica, something goes.
As Roseanna says, “The area can be genuine to our private fashion and style”.