The British hotel you must visit if you’re obsessed with Italian wine

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“I’m sorry to tell you, Sherelle, but you taste like expensive wine,” Daniel said. With satirical flamboyance, I sniffed and then drank my red Schioppettino from the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region on the border with Slovenia, which I had analyzed under Daniel’s guidance as robust, complex, rustic and pungent with berries. fresh and herbs.

We switched to an offer from Puglia, Moros, Salice Salentino Riserva.

“What can you smell? What can you taste? Daniel probed.

“Jamy? But spicy? I ventured, relieved to be greeted with his approval.

“But do you like it? he pressed. I thought for a second to be polite but decided to be honest.

“All foam, no substance. Not enthusiastic.

Daniel responded with an inscrutable professionalism, though I could tell the cogs in his mind were humming as he silently analyzed my taste profile. I felt my rejection of this popular £35 a bottle red confirmed his suspicions about my love of high-priced wines.

An oenophile’s dream

I attended a wine tasting as part of a stay at Vices, York’s trendiest new three-suite hotel run by Italian duo Daniel Curro and Moreno Carbone. Located in a converted Victorian police station with vaulted ceilings, arched windows and red brickwork, it’s steeped in history. But it also radiates cool design, from trendy rocking chairs to light installations that look like hot dynamite and fairytale gothic modern art.

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