Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

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These days the famous El Vino wine bar has spread its net beyond the European classics, and has a large selection of New World wines, some very delectable indeed. This is an Anzac minibar. It was, topically, Keith Murdoch, Rupert's father, who established the story of Gallipoli in the Australian mind: effete British generals choosing to send the brave young men of Australia to die. There was just enough in this for it to gain a foothold, but like so many tales told by a Murdoch it contained a grain of truth, puffed full of air, served up at breakfast. Relations are now much improved, and you will like these excellent wines, all discounted by the estimable Anthony Mitchell.

Verdelho is a grape from Madeira, not often used for table wine. But it has found a home from home in Australia, where they produce (only in good years) a delightful, floral wine with a smattering of honeysuckle and guava. This 2008 from Allanmere (1) is reduced by £1 a bottle to £9.40 - a good price for such a sophisticated wine.

More familiar is the Greenstone Chardonnay 2008 (2) from New Zealand, which has all the peaches and cream savour of the grape, with an admixture of vanilla and biscuits. …

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