Bargain white wines for summer
My money is on white wine from Europe – we’re blessed by centuries of winemaking knowhow with a diverse range of grapes to choose from, just over the Channel. With attention on prices, some terrific bargains are yours to be had – just give them half an hour in the fridge; if you over-chill you risk muting the flavours. And break out to Portugal and Greece for future classics before prices catch up.
Duffour Père et Fils, Côtes de Gascogne 2021 (11.5%), from £6.99, Majestic. A pink grapefruit powered by a fruit-fuelled dynamo, this is exotic and invigorating.
The Best Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2021 (12.5%), £8, Morrisons. A lemony, light and lovely French bargain. Serve this cold with shellfish.
Finest Viñas del Rey Albariño 2021 (12.5%), £9.50, Tesco. Dazzling as a luminous nectarine, this coastal white is packed with breezy brilliance.
Taste the Difference Douro White 2021 (13.5%), £10, Sainsbury’s. Fragrant and deftly blended, this zinger is a welcome summery thrill.