Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator

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One of the questions I'm most often asked (after 'who is that weird, unhappy-looking person pictured at the top of your column?') is, where are the good value wines coming from these days?

Obviously I mention Chile and Argentina - there are stunning Malbecs being made in that rather testy nation - then go on to praise southern France, the new Italian whites, Hungary, Slovenia and even Bulgaria. With modern technology, if you get the soil right and have the best equipment, you can make good wine in almost any country, at least those where they don't eat herring for breakfast and have six months of snow.

But probably the most exciting region of all is northern Spain. Some sensational wines are coming from there. This offer is from a company called The Haciendas SA which has several properties in the area (and also sells sausages, olive oil, cheese and the celebrated jamon iberico, sliced waferthin, the most moreish of all meaty snacks).

These wines are all discounted a generous 10 per cent from list price, as an introduction to Spectator readers. You can try all of these in their excellent Zorita's Kitchen restaurant on the Thames near Blackfriars.

Our first white is their delicious Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (1). …

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