Peter:'So what do you want to drink with the meal?'
Juan:'Well, in Spain I would have wine, but I suppose here in England you drink beer.'
Peter:'You do realise that we do drink good wine in England?'
Peter:'No. Look, there's a wine list. Do you want to have a look?'
Juan:'There's a good selection of wines here. Ah, there are Spanish wines as well. They have a Marqués de Riscal 2004. It's a very good vintage, one of the best years for Rioja wine. Actually, I went to the vineyard where they grow the grapes and make this wine when I was in the north of Spain 2 years ago. And bought a case of Rioja from them for half the price it is in the shops. Do you like dry red wine?'
Peter:'Well, yes I do. But I want to have fish, so I don't think a dry red wine is a good idea. I'd prefer a white wine or something between a white and a red wine, like a rose. Look on the wine list they have a selection of new world wines.'
Juan:'I'm not so sure about new world wines from Argentina, California, Australia etc... They don't have the tradition that we have in Spain, or in France. I bought a bottle of Australian Chardonnay last year and the cork was made of plastic! That's not right, a cork should be made of cork!'
Peter:'You're a snob and think that the best wine is from Spain. I quite like bottles of wine with plastic corks. They don't break when you're opening the bottle with a corkscrew. So when you pour the wine from the bottle into the glass there's never any small pieces of cork in the wine. And new world wines always tell you on the label what type of grape the wine is made from, like Tempranillo, Shiraz or Chardonnay. So, you know if it's a dry, medium or sweet wine.'
Peter:'What about having a Cava with the meal? It's white, Spanish and semi-dry. It still has a little sweetness.'
Juan:'Are we celebrating? You do know that it's a Champagne?'
Peter:'Is it? But it isn't a Champagne. Champagnes can only come from the Champagne region of northern France. So Cava is a sparkling wine.'
Juan:'Whatever. Well, we can have a white non-sparkling wine with the meal. I don't want to spend too much money, so we should choose a table wine. On the wine list they have an Australian Sauvignon Blanc as the house wine. Is that OK?'
Peter:'Fine by me.'
Juan:'I hope that they know that the wine has to be chilled when it's served. I hate drinking white wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or Albariño which haven't been in a fridge and are served at room temperature.
What do you want to drink with the dessert? A dessert wine or a sweet sherry?'
Peter:'What's a dessert wine?'
Juan:'It's a very sweet wine which you normally have when eating something sweet. Sherry is different, it's a fortified wine. They add a spirit, which has more alcohol to the wine when making it.'