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Published:  18 January, 2007

Going Dutch
Vermeer is a new chocolate cream liqueur from Holland. A blend of Dutch chocolate, vodka and cream, Vermeer was developed by Skyy Vodka founder Maurice Kanbar.
The product is named after Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, and the bottle features Vermeer's most famous work, Girl with a Pearl Earring, as well as the artist's signature.
Bottled at 17% ABV, Vermeer will retail at 14.99 for 70cl. Lovers of the product apparently include actor Steven Berkoff, who described the drink as a dangerously delicious tipple'.

Harpers Tasting Panel

2004 Grans-Fassian, Trittenheim Apotheke Riesling Sptlese


Stockist: Tesco

Producer: Binderer St Ursula

Supplier: Thierry's

Very pale gold. Rounded and full, with slight spritz, which lifts it nicely. Hints of red apples, stone fruit - apricots and melons.

I would have liked a little more acidity. CD

2002 Tamada Saperavi

RRP: 5.99

Stockists: Sainsbury's Calais, Bristol Wine Merchants,

Soho Wine, Peake Wines, Sussex Victuallers, Les Caves

de Pyrene, Mortons.

Producer: GWS

Supplier: Georgian Wines & Spirits

Saperavi is regarded as the best of Georgia's indigenous grape varieties. The wine is a bright, youthful crimson in colour; medium to full-bodied. Slightly musty nose, pronounced, dark fruit, but with a short, drying finish. Maybe the tannins could do with a little managing? CD

2004 Old Tbilisi red and white

RRP: 4.99

Stockists: As above, plus

Producer: GWS

Supplier: Georgian Wines & Spirits

These two indigenous dual-varietal wines from Georgia both pack in a lot more character and concentration than you generally find at this price point. Not sure if the name and label have youth appeal exactly, but this is still an intriguing and original brand that should put Georgia on at least a few wine drinkers' minds. DW