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New Taste- A selection of what's new in the trade

Published:  16 April, 2010


Amongst others, we look at a wine that's small enough to slip into your back pocket.

Written by Carol Emmas

There is unlimited untapped potential for the new single varietal 10 cl, one -glass Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. We're talking bars, mini-bars in hotels, airlines, 
theatres, picnics, gigs or even at home. Launched in Milan last year, Caribbean Trade & Supply Co says it does not legally affect your driving capacity. It's environmentally friendly, easy to recycle, extremely lightweight and effortlessly slips into a handbag, manbag or back pocket 
(rrp £1.32-£1.76).

Campo Viejo adds another string to its bow with its new icon wine. The first vintage of the fruit-packed Dominio de Campo Viejo Rioja 2006 is made from five selected plots with an average vine age of 35 years. On a limited release of only 27,000 bottles, this deep, inky, succulent and richly concentrated wine has an aromatic nose of vanilla oak and caramel and a palate that is full-fruited, yet displays strong savoury characters. The quality winemaking of Elena Adell shines through in this 13.5% abv Rioja which is well priced at £17.99.

Harking back to the original London dry gin roots of the mid to late-19th century is new arrival Park Place Drinks, which has launched the first of its range of premium spirits, starting with SW4 London gin. Martin Price, former marketing director of Maxxium, has developed the spirit, which is created and distilled in small batches by Charles Maxwell of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, and heir to a 300-year family distilling tradition. It's designed to create the definitive gin & tonic and has a secret blend of 12 botanicals that even those with a masonic handshake couldn't buy (rrp £16.49).