Magazine article The Spectator

Spectaor Mini-Bar Offer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectaor Mini-Bar Offer

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SWIG of west London offers some of our most successful mini-bars, and when you try these bottles you will see why.

They are exciting, adventurous, mostly New World wines, hard if not impossible to find anywhere else, all at reduced -- some very reduced -- prices. Even after the Budget they remain excellent value, and if you're not quite sure, try the sample case, which should certainly make your mind up, smartish.

We have two wines from Waipara in New Zealand. The Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (1) is gorgeous -- grapefruit and melon flavours jostling alongside the usual gooseberry and grass. (Did you know that 'cat's pee' is a recognised term for one of the flavours found in Sauvignon? I am pleased to say that I was unable to detect any such thing in this. ) A really lovely wine, and reduced by £1 to £8.95.

In Alsace, Pinot Grigio is known as Pinot Gris, and tastes quite different. I absolutely loved this 2007 from Jean-Marc Bernhard (2), which is full of life and freshness and sparky fruit flavours. It would be perfect with all kinds of food, but is also a gorgeous aperitif. …

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