Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

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About 20 years ago I met a French vigneron in a Cognac chateau and told him that English wine was hugely improved. He favoured me with that look of mingled pity and contempt the French manage so well, and said: 'Yurr English wine, eet tastes of rain!'

No longer. English wines now regularly win prizes against the rest of the world. Many are delightful. Most are white, and thus are perfect for summertime drinking. At a recent tasting I was so impressed by the many varieties made at the Three Choirs vineyard in Gloucestershire that I decided that, for convenience sake, the latest mini-bar should come from them. All are delicious, though you might want to try the sampler case to get some idea of the wide range and quality now being made in this country. Three Choirs have given us a generous 10 per cent discount on all wines.

At L3.60 the Premium Selection white 2001(1) is superb value. It's from Seyval (a hybrid grape which makes excellent, complex wine in our climate, so naturally the French are trying to get it banned) plus Reichensteiner and MUller-Thurgau. It's light, fresh, grapefruity and terrific value.

Three Choirs shift vast amounts of their Siegerrebe 2000(2). …

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