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  • Sea spray, wet rocks, peach juice and ripening lemons...

    That's my tasting note for Albarino: the Spanish white made from a grape of the same name, but I call it ' The Mermaid Wine'.

    When I was six, I would dream about breathing underwater. I loved feeling weightless as the cool water supported my body and I talked to the fish. It happened quite a lot, especially when the weather was warm. I would always awake feeling immensely happy.

    That summer, our family went on holiday to Spain and we'd spend lazy afternoons on the beach. I can still remember the smell of the sea-soaked rocks mingling with the scent of the lemon trees nearby and the juicy peaches that our mum gave us to snack on. It was on a day like this that I decided to become a mermaid.

    I'd positioned myself half in, half out of the water, perched on a solid bit of rock. I stayed there for what felt like hours getting cold, but was determined not to move until I'd grown a mermaid's tail and could swim off into the blue. It didn't appear. Eventually, my dad plucked me out of the sea to rub me down with a towel that had been warming in the sun.

    I never told my parents what I was doing. And I never had my dream again.

    Every time I taste Albarino, I am reminded of that second life I never had.
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