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Good Evening Dear Customers

If you've shopped with us much you'll know that we have a fondness (some might say a weakness), for the unusual, the obscure, the (flavour) road less travelled. Of course you'll find great examples of the classic styles on our shelves, but mention a natural Xinomavro-Roditis blend and we're all over it.

So this week we're featuring wines and beers from South West France, the Basque country, Hungary, Tenerife, and Swartland. Regions that don't send much to the UK, but we reckon are well worth exploring.

From IPA to fruit sour to stout, from Pét Nat to hand-harvested foot-trodden Petit Manseng to full bodied Malbec to dessert wines, there's something for just about every palate. And if you don't see quite what you want, please do come visit us at 105 West Nile Street or 21 Clarence Drive and we'll be delighted to show you more of the beauties on our shelves.

See you soon,

The Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer

THE BASQUE COUNTRY

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Basqueland was founded by three Americans. Starting as gypsy brewers they now have a brewery in San Sebastian and are one of the leading lights in Iberian craft brewing.

See More Greens Session IPA with Lactose (£4.90, 44cl/4.9%)
An easy-going citrus-y / pineapple-y / sherbet-y pale beer brewed with Citra, Simcoe cryo, and Sabro (a hop which you might have encountered under the name HBC438).

Lost in the Bosque Red Fruit Sour (£5.30, 44cl/6.3%)
Brewed with cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and a little lactose for extra body.

I Thought We Were Friends Imperial Stout (£6.20, 44cl/10%)
This one's a collaboration with Estoniain micro-brewery Põhjala. It's a creamy beast of an Imperial Stout brewed with lactose, cinnamon, vanilla and granola. A Breakfast Imperial?
 

SWARTLAND


With their striking labels, the wines of Testalonga immediately convey a sense of the unconventional approach to winemaking which Craig Hawkins has been following since founding the label in 2008. Dry farmed, low yielding South African vineyards produce grapes which are allowed to ferment naturally, with minimal use of sulphur. The top of each bottle bears the slogan, "Made From Grapes", which perfectly sums up Testalonga's philosophy.

I Wish I Was A Ninja Pét Nat 2019 (£28, 75cl/8%)
Made by the Méthode Ancestrale from Colombard grapes, this is a bright, racy fizz aptly described as, "lemonade for grown-ups"

Baby Bandito Stay Brave 2019 (£21.90, 75cl/12%)
Pin-sharp Chenin Blanc, wild fermented, and macerated on the skins for ten days. 

Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams 2019 (£21.90, 75cl/12.5%)
Labelled as an "alternative red wine", it's a wild fermented Carignan meant to be drunk young, a cranberry-cherry number wrapped up in a savoury spice finish..

Baby Bandito Keep On Punching 2019 (£21.90, 75cl/12%)
Chenin Blanc from old vines, planted in 1972, medium bodied, bone dry, and steely. 

I Am The Ninja 2019 (£28, 75cl/11%)
Another Méthode Ancestrale fizz, this one's from Chenin Blanc grapes and is a little richer than the I Wish I Was A Ninja. You may also care to know that "Layla enjoys tummy rubs".
 

TENERIFE


Borja Perez works with high altitude vineyards in the appellation of Ycoden-Daute-Isora on the island of Tenerife, where some of Spain's most exciting natural wines are coming from.

Artífice Listán Blanco 2017 (£19.40, 75cl/13%)
Partly fermented on the skins for added complexity, and then aged on the lees for seven months. Only 9,500 bottles produced, so grab it while you can.

Artífice Tinto 2017 (£19.40, 75cl/13.5%)
Using indigenous Listán Negro grapes, fermented in concrete and aged in one old foudre and an even older barrique, Artifice Tinto is a light coloured wine, with notes of cherries, herbs, and a touch of smoke.
 

HUNGARY


Hungary is probably better known for its sweet dessert wines, but Mad Scientist, based in Budapest, are working very hard to change that perception with their range of experimental craft beers.

Coconut Margarita Imperial Gose with lime & coconut (£5.90, 33cl/8.1%)
Tangy, juicy, and packed with lime & coconut, it's as close as you'll get to a cocktail in a beer in a can.

New York Mocaccino Milk Stout (£4.20, 33cl/6.6%)
A delicious take on a classic style, Milk Stout, and brewed with cocoa, coffee, and vanilla beans.

Rákóczi Túrós Imperial Gose with Apricot & Vanilla (£6.40, 33cl/10%)
A huge beer, and very intense, packed with fruit and sweet vanilla.
 

SOUTH WEST FRANCE


Clos Ricarde 'Helios' Jurançon 2016 (£15.50, 75cl/13%)
Made from a blend of two grape varieties indigenous to the region, Gros Manseng & Petit Manseng, Helios is a naturally sweet wine which makes a great partner to cold meats & cheese. Also very fine with fruit based desserts.

Domaine d'Audaux Petit Manseng Sec 2018 (£30, 75cl/14.5%)
Domaine d'Audaux uses grapes from two vineyards in the village of Audaux which are hand harvested, foot trod, and basket pressed, then fermented & aged in old French oak. It's a powerful, concentrated white wine with notes of pineapple and peach. Said to be very good with Ossau-Iraty cheese...

Brumont 'Tour Bouscassé' Madiran 2011 (£18.60, 75cl/14.5%)
This blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc is a fine partner for duck, or spicy dishes. And presumably spicy duck dishes.

Château de Cèdre 'Extra Libre' Cahors Malbec 2017 (£26.30, 75cl/13%)
A blend of 95% Malbec and 5% Merlot which spends 12 months in oak. There are no added sulphites and it's certified as 'Vin Bio', meaning that both grape growing and winemaking are organic. We reckon it tastes pretty decent too.

Clos Triguedina Cahors 2013 (£21.80, 75cl/13%)
The name Triguedina means "longing to dine" in Occitan. This blend of Malbec, Merlot, and Tannat is certainly very food friendly.

Charles Hours 'Uroulat' Jurançon 2017 (£13.30, 37.5%/12.5%)
A moelleux wine—one of these slightly nebulous French words; think not quite a sticky—which is perfect for the end of a meal.
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