Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

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This mini-bar starts with a stunning wine.

It's the 'traditionally made' (i.e., like champagne) sparkling rose reserve from the celebrated Chateau de Sours (1).

Amazingly, our merchants this week, Private Cellar, have knocked off £39 a case, because the chateau wants to market the next batch with different labels.

Which makes it a great opportunity. These bubbles have real flavour, from the classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with lovely strawberry undertones.

At around half the price of even a mediocre Champagne, this is marvellous value. £8.95.

The rest of the offer also includes some smashing wines at excellent, reduced, prices. Our first white is one of PC's most popular, Les Rafelieres 2009 (2) from the Loire.

Everyone seems to love this alternative to the neighbouring Sancerre, at two-thirds the price, and find they can happily glug its dry, grassy flavours for a whole evening. £7.95.

Now a gorgeous Pinot Gris, not to be confused with the thin, weedy Pinot Grigio sold in the drearier Italian restaurants. This 2008 (3) is made by the Bishops Head people in Waipara, New Zealand, and it's gorgeous:

silky, packed with lovely lychee and citrus flavours, perfectly dry so you can drink it with almost any food. …

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