Rich White wines
Richness in whites often comes from soaking in oak barrels to boost texture and depth. But some grapes such as Gewurztraminer from Alsace have massive concentration – in this case, a lychee the size of the moon. Pinot Gris is another good example, with mellow opulence perfect for spicy takeaways. Picking whites from warmer climates, especially in the southern hemisphere, is another great shortcut to big fruity vino. These are spot-on for our months of moody weather, to sip paired with creamy dishes, roast pork or just a bowl of luxury nibbles on the sofa.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
FOUND GRENACHE BLANC 2021 (14%), £8, M&S. Joyful as an operatic apple in full song – wait for the secret spice on the finish. A big apéritif.
TASTE THE DIFFERENCE NEW ZEALAND PINOT GRIS 2020 (13%), £9, Sainsbury’s. Luxuriant texture with fleshy pear-fresh fruitiness. Perfect with spicy dishes.
BIRD IN HAND TWO IN THE BUSH CHARDONNAY 2020 (12.5%), £14, Tesco. Aussie excellence that tastes like a mini-Meursault. Exceptional quality for the cash.
THE SOCIETY’S EXHIBITION ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER 2017 (14%), £15.50, The Wine Society. Rich as Turkish delight and enthralling as marmalade dreams. Pour with a Chinese takeaway.