Market Row in Brixton is a little hive of quality food outlets. If it is wine you are after then do make the effort to checkout Market Row Wines. It's a dinky little shop in the arcade that has a strong emphasis on organic wines. Keep in mind the distinction between organic and natural wines. In general I am not a fan of natural wines as there is no sulphur added to help preserve the wine in the bottle. However, organic wines, that often deliver great flavours without chemical additives in the vineyard have much to be admired. This can be a controversial subject as in times of wetness where damp can lead to rot, wine producers may start spraying their vines with copper. How healthy that must be in large quantities is debatable. However, on the whole, organic wines are a great way to ensure you getting the wine as nature intended, less the chemical pesticides and herbicides. It should also be mentioned that there are many wine producers who make their wines organically but do not bother to have them certified. Because the climate is so suitable for growing grapes, the vine growers can let nature do her work without any need to spray.

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This Vina Fuentenarro, Ribera del Duero, 2014 from Spain was a big hit in our office tasting. A big distinguishing factor is the 4 months in American oak which adds a vanilla flavour to the wine. Unlike in some instances in Spanish wines, the oak in the Vina Fuentenarro is really well integrated. It is not overpowering the fruit which is another really attractive dimention of this wine. Think dark berries and redberry, a lovely silky smooth body and good lingering flavours in the mouth. Really good wine.

Another big plus here is the price. At £11.50 this is a bargain. I noticed as I looked across the range in Market Row Wines that they have a lot of options at tis price point. I was particularly tempted by a couple of wines from the Rhone... next time!

Do give this a go if you're passing. Enjoy!

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