Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

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Among the letters I get from Spectator readers - and I'm always delighted to learn your views - are those that ask us to offer some cheaper wines. I do try to pay heed to this plea, though it's surprising how often it's the pricier wines which sell most, both by cost and quantity. Also, some of you have also asked for an offer of organic wines, which can be hard to come by. Often quite large supermarkets will have only a meagre selection. So this week we've combined both suggestions.

I must confess I've had an irrational prejudice against organic wines, associating them with, say, organic carrots, which tend to cost twice as much as ordinary ones, or even more if there are clods of earth clinging to them. But when I tried a selection from Vintage Roots, an enterprising company near Reading which sells only organic wine, I was completely converted. The people at VR say the wines are better because, as they put it, they are not 'locked into a cycle of chemical dependency'. I don't know if that's the reason, but these four wines are really delicious, and they'll please less plutocratic readers because they all come in at just under £6.

The Terra Sana 20020) is made by the famous Lurton brothers, flying wine-makers, and it's just lovely. …

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