Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini - Bar Offer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini - Bar Offer

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THIS is the first in what we hope will be a series of Spectator Wine Club offers, which I've called, rather tweely you might think, the Spectator Mini-Bar. The plan is to offer wines which, apart from being excellent value, all have something in common, whether it's their region, grape variety, style or even price. The Mini-Bar will not replace the regular monthly offer, with its eclectic variety of bottles from around the world, but will, I hope, supplement it, suggesting intriguing, hard-to-find, unexpected wines.

The first offer comes from Spain. Apart from Rioja, most Spanish wines are scarcely known here, which is one reason why they are such tremendous value. Quantock Abbey, a first-rate merchant in Somerset, has put together this offer for us, giving us a discount on their list price and a further reduction if you buy two cases or more.

The Hijos de Alberto Gutierrez 1999 (1) is an extremely tasty wine from the Rueda region. It's made from the Viura grape, which some people are snooty about, but which has the great gift of absorbing flavours, so making it a perfect partner to other grapes. It's here in a blend with Verdejo, which gives it real weight, so the result is powerful with a fresh savour of melons. …

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