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Buy organic wine: Flavour of Spain’s market stall

It is sunny outside and my friends and I are a bit peckish for some street food and a glass of wine. Where should we go? Right, straight to Southbank’s street food market, which is easily accessible from South West London via South West Trains, but also from many parts of London served by Bakerloo, Jubilee and Northern lines. This market also features a few stalls with sparkling wines, still wines, craft beers and cocktails. Would you say it is an unusual place to buy wine? I think so, but it should not be – it is an easy-going place in terms of ambiance, full of people who are there to try something new (soft shell crab burger with mango relish anyone?), drink something amazing (a glass of award winning English sparkling wine please!), or sample a random selection of Spanish organic red wines.

I think wine tasting is perfect for the market – there is no room for a snobby behaviour and everyone can taste and learn something new about wines – be it ‘oh no, I do not like that fizz!’, or ‘I did not know that there is such a region in Spain’.

Market culture is already a trendy thing in Spain – check out my quick note about Mercado wines in Madrid and Barcelona here, but what about UK and London in particular? Where do you go to enjoy a selection of street nibbles and a glass (or two) of something new and exciting to drink?

flavours of spain market southbank organicComing back to Southbank market – I have tried two glasses of wine from Flavours of Spain: one of organic Lar de Maia 2010 from Castilla featuring Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes. The wine was not very concentrated or heavy, but more on the mellow side, so it went down very well during that sunny afternoon.

For the price of £5 per glass I think it is a very good value, it would be at least double that price in a good wine bar.

I have also tried a glass of Rioja that was produced from a small batch by an artisan producer  – it was more woody and vanilla0like rather than fruity, nevertheless a very interesting tasting experience. That was £6 per glass, but should you be with a company of friends it makes sense to just buy a bottle as it was at £22 mark.

Your weekend does not need to be breaking the bank when you want to taste nice things – be it food, wine or some desserts to finish things off – just come to the market and sample away. I had an amazing duck burger served with goat cheese, red onion relish and rocket, it was a heaven sent with my Spanish reds.

Buen provecho, bon appetit and Enjoy!

Cheers!

P.S. I have taken their business card to check the wines that they sell and then have also visited their website, which is FlavoursOfSpain.co.uk. Unfortunately it hasn’t been set up properly so when you click on the link it just returns an error ‘The shop is not available’. Yet I went a bit further and had actually found a page with their wines – click here for their wines, artisan cheeses and charcuterie. They do stock only 8 different wines, but I am quite excited to try them later on.

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Dimitri

Dimitri is passionate about wines, food to go with it, happy & healthy lifestyle, digital marketing, start-ups and entrepreneurship. www.IBlameTheWine.com is about new organic wines in the UK, what to buy or avoid on the retailer shelves; tips on healthy and happy wine lifestyle, but also provides reviews and rankings for organic wines. Get in touch please, I am always on a lookout for new ideas and connections! Cheers.

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