Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

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A joy to return to FromVineyardsDirect.com, which provided us with our most successful minibar. David Campbell (who also publishes Everyman books) and Esme Johnstone (who founded Majestic) source their wines straight from the growers.

By cutting out the middleman they can sell at much lower prices than you would pay elsewhere. And they are delicious wines too.

For our last offer before Christmas I've chosen four French classics, all terrific bargains. The mixed case would see you happily through all the main Christmas meals: champagne as an aperitif, Saint Véran with the smoked salmon, one red with the turkey, and the other with the Boxing Day cold meats?

Just a thought, but a very appealing one.

The Saint Véran Merloix 2007 (1) is a gorgeous, lively, silky Burgundy at a very nice price. You'll get that lovely, elegant savour of fruit plus vanilla and nuts. I always nag that you should not drink good white wine too cold, and let it breathe as long as you would a fine red. As it warms up, the aromas escape beguilingly into the glass. Just £8.95 a bottle.

The French rarely drink brand name champagne, even the best, preferring to select from one of the scores of small, independent houses. …

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