TODAY Nick Mosley managing director of the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival, looks at news success story Pascere.

I’ve already found much to love about local restaurant Pascere, which opened in The Lanes on July 3. Having caught attention for its beautiful décor, ambience and menus created by chef Johnny Stanford, the restaurant is also gaining a reputation for its exciting and extensive wine list created by owner Amanda Menahem.

“I think increasingly diners want to be able to try different wines throughout an evening, or drink something different to their dining partner, so they don’t always want to order a whole bottle,” Amanda said.

“I’ve designed the list with this in mind, ensuring it is extensive yet accessible.”

The resulting list is comprised of almost sixty wines, with nearly forty offered by the glass or carafe, making it one of Brighton’s most comprehensive by-the-glass offerings. The majority of the list ranges from £20 to £40 a bottle, with glasses priced between £4.50 and £12.50.

In creating the wine list Amanda has focused on lesser known varieties and small suppliers, including a selection of natural, organic and biodynamic examples, in favour of more common wines, enabling better value and a more interesting selection for customers.

This is expressed, for example, in the impressive selection of sparkling wines offered by the glass, eight in total, which are a particular passion for Amanda.

Alongside a carefully selected premier cru champagne, Prosecco and Cava, guests will find an outstanding Lambrusco and Ferrari, an award-winning sparkling wine made using the same grapes and method as champagne.

The rest of the list is helpfully divided into categories, such as ‘clean, mineral, elegant’ and ‘fruit, velvet, perfume’, which help guide the customer to their preferred wine style. For the more adventurous diner, Amanda is always on hand to make a recommendation.

“I love talking about the wines and have a particular interest in food and wine pairings. I’ve already had customers rave about finding a new favourite wine on my list and that’s really rewarding. After all, I’m in this business to make people happy and create memories”.

l Pascere is at 8 Duke Street, Brighton.