Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

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These are some of the most luscious wines I've ever offered to readers. They are all Spanish, from The Haciendas Company, and if you don't quite believe me, and if you're in London, you can try them at the Zorita's Kitchen, at Broken Wharf, on the north bank of the Thames, a few yards from the Millennium Bridge. You can also taste their delectable cheeses and jamon.

I have asked for an unusual sample case, designed to let you try a range of the wines at a reasonable price. And reasonable - indeed, staggeringly cheap - is how I'd describe the 2011 Vega de la Reina Verdejo white (1). Spain isn't famous for its whites, but it should be. This has won every award going, and when you taste it you'll see why. Plump, herby, packed with fruit, with just enough acid to offset the richness, it is delectable. Unique in its flavours, yet better than some Burgundies I have had at three times the price. And it costs an unbelievable £9.99. I know you will love this, so we have put six bottles in the tasting case.

Plus three bottles of the 2010 HZ Abascal Crianza (2) from Ribera del Duero, rapidly becoming one of the great wine regions of the world. This is all Tempranillo, and it's gorgeous, packed with dark fruit, yet just a touch of lightness and spices. …

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