Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Baroffer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Baroffer

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The weather may be bizarre at the moment, but when the sun comes it seems particularly warm, which is when you will crave these excellent wines. They have been selected for summer drinking by Amanda Skinner of Lay & Wheeler, one of our most popular merchants. They are perfect for parties, barbecues, picnics or as aperitifs, even for drinking indoors while the rain lashes against the windows. All are discounted on L&W's list price.

The full title of our first is (draw breath here) Prosecco dei Colli Trevigiani Frizzante Nera Spago, De Faveri, Veneto, n. v. (1). I would translate but we don't have the space. All you need to know is that it is a luscious Prosecco, full of soft moussy bubbles and with a lovely vibrant flavour. Delicious on its own, or perfect for a bellini or a kir royale. Drink it up while it's still zingy and fresh. Reduced by over £6 a case to £7.95 a bottle.

German wines are just beginning to make their comeback; small wonder when you can drink gorgeous, light, perfumed, fruit-bursting Rieslings such as this superb Mosel from Fritz Haag 2005 (2). No incomprehensible blackletter label festooned with 17-syllable words; all the work has gone into the luscious wine. Amanda wants to clear the decks for the 2006 vintage, and has taken an amazing £30 off the case price, bringing it down to under a tenner. …

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