Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

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This is our last offer before Christmas, and it includes four excellent wines, all of which are inexpensive enough for you to glug through the holiday season, but easily good enough to enhance Christmas dinner itself. A couple of the sample cases would keep quite a large family murmuring appreciatively from Christmas Eve through to Bank Holiday Monday.

They come from the admirable Yapp Bros of Mere, who are famous for fossicking out first-rate wines from little-known growers in France. Their salesmanship is also adventurous. For example, for £99 you can buy a six-bottle case of superb wines that feature in my new book, Life's Too Short To Drink Bad Wine. This details 100 terrific wines, and a signed copy is thrown in. (Signed by me, that is - not Michael Winner. ) This would make a nice gift for a wine-lover, but it is a limited offer, so if you're interested, get in quickly (available online at www. yapp. co. uk).

Back to the main offer and two Loire whites. The Vouvray Sec 2007 (1) from the Domaine Aubert is tip-top. Chenin Blanc can be rather a weedy grape, but in the Loire they really know how to make a wine that is rich, fleshy, and in this case bone dry. I think it's gorgeous, and it would drink well with almost anything, including chicken, cheese, fish and fruit. …

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