Bargain whites

Sometimes good-value white wine comes from big-hitting names such as Pinot Grigio from Italy, but you need to pick carefully: some taste as neutral as Swiss tapwater. Portuguese Vinho Verde is generally great value for a spritzy summer white, as is often overlooked French Muscadet. But this year’s best value wines with character and quality are coming from the eastern climes of Romania and Greece.


Vale dos Pombos Vinho Verde (9%), £6, Co-Op. Invigoration! Easy drinking, tropical and spritzy. This light white is a steal.

La Marinière Muscadet 2020 (11.5%), £6.49, Waitrose. Breezy, bright and lemony, this is a must-sip bargain with shellfish.

Finest Pinot Grigio 2020 (12.5%), £7, Tesco. Pears and melons twinkling in a constellation of bright delight.

Found Feteasca Regala 2020 (11.5%), £7, Marks & Spencer. I’ll keep recommending this splendid scented Romanian white – buy it!


Aspri Peter Greek Assyrtiko 2020 (13%), £6.99, Aldi. Beyond amazing – this Greek gem tastes like Chablis with superpowers. Outrageous value for money.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 1st August 2021 – Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.

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