2012 José Pariente, Verdejo, Rueda, Spain (£12.60, Theatre of Wine, 020-3490 2147, 020-8858 6363, www.theatreofwine.com).
I have been writing the wine lists for a few restaurants in London for many years. This year I celebrate my 24th anniversary consulting for Bibendum Restaurant in the Michelin Building on the Fulham Road. I have also worked for Chutney Mary, Amaya and Veeraswamy for over a decade, too.
The restaurant world often discovers different wines to the retail world. For this reason, I feel it gives another dimension to my writing – not only for my food and wine matching skills, but also in informing you about rare, small parcels of thrilling wines which are of the highest order and are therefore only retailed by a handful of eagle-eyed merchants.
The wise palates at Theatre of Wine in Tufnell Park and Greenwich share my enthusiasm for this magnificent yet inexpensive verdejo. Crystal clear, racy, lemony and herbal, this is a wicked substitute for lacklustre sauvignon blanc.
I have listed this wine at Bibendum for over a decade and it entrances everyone who tastes it. If you are looking for a change in your aperitif wines, then this is it.
Give the ToWies a call and while you’re at it grab the finest full-throttle Priorat of all time – 2008 Clos Mogador (£52.00). It’s another great find!
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).