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'Wine is a grand thing. It makes you forget all the bad' Ernest Hemingway

Fantastically Deep Spanish Tempranillo

Any winery that quotes the great Ernest Hemingway on its website homepage, as our Castilla La Mancha producer Familia Bastida does, is starting on a good footing with us. “Wine is a grand thing. It makes you forget all the bad,” his army lieutenant Frederic proclaims in Farewell to Arms.

 With field hospitals hastily being built all over the country and lunatics in hazmat suits running around smashing up 5G phone masts as if they were the devil incarnate, we're grateful for the dose of sanity provided by Ernest and a soothing draught of their Alceo tempranillo - a wine whose soft, spicy fruit and smoky vanilla (and fiendishly good value) make the madness melt away, for a time.


The thing about Hemingway is that he can make you taste the wine he's writing about, just as he can put you right in the trench with him as he's having his leg blown to bits by a mortar shell. He doesn't even have to say very much. So let me take a leaf out of Ernest's book to describe the Alceo tempranillo:


"The wine was oaky and fruity. It was good and I drank a glass. The sun fell and the blank windows reflected the fading light. I poured myself another glass and drank it. It was good."   


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