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Your LIFE: WINE; FOOD AND DRINK.

Byline: MAURICE FITZMAURICE

DO you ever notice how it's the people with loads of money who always get plenty of stuff for free?

At the last Golden Globes even the celebrities were taken aback by the largesse piled into their freebie bags which were valued at EUR62,000.

The efforts, and money paid, by firms dying to get their merchandise seen wrapped around, eaten by, driven by, or attached to a star in any way possible is incredible.

So it came as little surprise that as David "Brand" Beckham bid his pals at Real Madrid farewell in a lavish bash in the Spanish capital he didn't have to reach into his pocket too much.

He and his new Scientology pal Tom Cruise hit some uber-trendy Madrid club last month for a wee bevvy.

But just in case their taste for one of this wine nation's finest vinos could not be quenched, on hand was a bottle of the very highly rated Malleolus.

Of course, this was no ordinary bottle but a Primat, or a 27-litre bottle, equivalent to 36 normal bottles.

Then again, when the world's press are on hand to take a few snaps there's no point in sending along a boring old magnum.

And so pictures of Emilio Moro's fantastic wine went around the globe. A master stroke.

Of course he's also a big Real Madrid fan, so he's also won the hearts of the fans.

Anyway, for the rest of us even a 75cl bottle of his stuff is hard come buy and none too cheap.

But the Ribera del Duero region where this wine comes from is one that's well worth a look, even if you have to pay for it.

The main grape here is the tinto fino, a local variety of the famous tempranillo, where it is used to produce big, full-bodied reds that are now rivalling Rioja's dominance of Spanish wine.

Two producers, Vega Sicilia and Pesquera, dominate but dozens of others have started to realise the potential of this part of the valley that stretches along the Duero river.

The ubiquitous Robert Parker gave the 2001 Malleolus 94 points and said it will improve over the next 15 years.

Brand Beckham may not last quite so long, but you too can enjoy a taste of that Spanish high life this weekend if you go for a few of these.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2007
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