You know times are tough when Berry Bros & Rudd start sending you ‘Sale’ emails and actively promoting their Outlet centre.
I like the outlet centre, everyone is utterly charming, the wines are good and you get discounts. These aren’t wines to be stored forever, so they have the added bonus that you need to drink them up within six months of purchase.
We had a Altano Reserva 2003 from the Duoro, down from £11 to £7.50. It’s a style of wine that’s growing in popularity, still table wine made in the Port region. This example was thick and dark with a well cooked jam of black fruit with a splodge of ill defined spice.
A glass spilled on the carpet will act as a permanent reminder of the tannins. It comes with a reasonable thunk of alcohol, which softens the blow of the stain.