Best Blends

Growing grapes is a risky business. Different grape varieties ripen at different times so blends emerged in part as an insurance policy for winegrowers against periods of inclement weather – with the handy bonus that blends often taste greater than the sum of their parts. Europe has a long history of making the best of blends and, as harvest time approaches, I’m raising my glass to their superstar status.


Fitou 2019 (14%), £7, Marks & Spencer. Easy, sleek and fulsome, this is a steal for the final few barbecues of the year.

Paul Mas White Réserve Languedoc 2019 (13%), £9.39, Waitrose Cellar. Peachy and pure with a rich gingery kick, this is perfect with prawns.

The Best Amarone della Valpolicella 2016 (14.5%), £16, Morrisons. Star quality for a full yet bright red. Top billing for serving with beef.

Howard’s Folly Sonhador Branco 2019 (13.5%), £120 for a case of six, This lemony white blend with its subtle toasty twist is fab with fish.


Le Temps est Venu Côtes du Rhône 2019, Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier (14.5%), £14.68, Silky, classy and gently spicy, this hits the bull’s-eye.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 5th September 2021 Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.

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