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Short order

What do Tom and Jerry and The

Village People have to do with

wine? Find out in The World's

Shortest Wine Book by Simon

Woods, a light-hearted look at

all things vinous (£2.56, Kindle

edition only). For spring wine

recommendations from Woods,

turn to p.100.

Bottles at Boulud

Join head sommelier David

Vareille for a series of relaxed

Friday tasting sessions at Bar

Boulud. Coming up in May is a

Châteauneuf-du-Pape special,

followed by a focus on six famous

French regions in June. Tastings

cost £35 per person. For more

information visit barboulud.com.

Shop around

New website bringabottle.co.uk

compares wine prices from

leading supermarkets and wine

merchants including big stores

like Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose

and Majestic. With prices updated

daily, you'll be sure to never miss

a bargain again…

Essencial drinking

Some wines are so expensive that you only buy a bottle for a really special

occasion. Others are so rare that you may only be able to buy them by the

glass. But Royal Tokaji Essencia 2003 is so expensive and so rare that it is

only being sold by the spoonful - though it's a crystal spoon, obviously…

Restaurants in the US have been selling this luscious Hungarian wine

by the spoon for a while, but D&D's Plateau in Canary Wharf has become

the � rst UK eatery to o� er its customers a taste of what wine writer Hugh

Johnson poetically describes as 'Medieval Viagra'. What makes it so special?

Essencia is made from free-run juice from intensely sweet, shrivelled

Aszú grapes. It takes 20-30kg of grapes to produce one 37.5cl bottle; that's

equivalent to one person picking grapes for three days. The result is a pure

sugar hit, which was thought to have medicinal properties in the Middle

Ages. This magical drop costs £13.50 a spoonful at Plateau - and you get

a dessert of spiced gingerbread and poached pear thrown in gratis.

D&D has also joined forces with importer Waddesdon Wine to o� er

diners rare bottles from the Baron Philippe de Rothschild portfolio of

wineries, which includes Château La� te Rothschild in Bordeaux and

Opus One in California's Napa Valley. Keep an eye on danddlondon.com

for details of special dinners and tastings throughout the year.

Springtime in Tuscany

Enjoy a spring break in Italy at boutique spa hotel L'Andana. The pretty villa

is surrounded by vines from the 500-hectare Tenuta La Badiola estate in the

Maremma region of Tuscany, and tours of the winery are available on request for

wine lovers. A weekend B˜B package also includes a three-course dinner with

local wines in the hotel restaurant, La Trattoria Toscana, helmed by Michelinstarred

chef Alain Ducasse. Prices from £357 per night, based on two sharing

a deluxe double room, from 15 April onwards. andana.it/en/l-andana

IT TAKES TWO… Sip your Champagne in

style with these fl utes

and coupes from Swedish

design company Kosta

Boda. Part of the 'Two

of Us' range designed by

Kjell Engman, the eyecatching

glasses are made

of mouth-blown glass

with painted lime and

turquoise stems.

£101 per pair, Harrods

Some wines are so expensive that you only buy a bottle for a really special

occasion. Others are so rare that you may only be able to buy them by the

glass. But Royal Tokaji Essencia 2003 is so expensive and so rare that it is

only being sold by the spoonful - though it's a crystal spoon, obviously…

Restaurants in the US have been selling this luscious Hungarian wine

by the spoon for a while, but D&D's Plateau in Canary Wharf has become

the � rst UK eatery to o� er its customers a taste of what wine writer Hugh

Johnson poetically describes as 'Medieval Viagra'. What makes it so special?

Essencia is made from free-run juice from intensely sweet, shrivelled

Aszú grapes. It takes 20-30kg of grapes to produce one 37.5cl bottle; that's

equivalent to one person picking grapes for three days. The result is a pure

sugar hit, which was thought to have medicinal properties in the Middle

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