I often hotfoot
it to M&S for the wine when we’ve got friends or family coming round for a
meal. Why? Well, M&S is a hub for unusual wines from unusual places and you
can guarantee that at least one of your guests will study the bottle in
astonishment, proclaim “M&S!” and
express surprise that Greece, Georgia et al can produce such nice wines. The pair of whites I’ve suggested are lovely summer wines.
M&S sourcing a German red wine,
which, can be absolutely brilliant when done well. This is really quite special;
light – red currants and raspberries – but with a savoury hint that makes it
much more interesting than many supermarket pinot noirs. Easy going enough to drink
on its own, it might serve as an alternative to rose and is one of my top
this unsual Chilean wine for years. Sauvignon Gris is a grape, not a blend, and as its name
suggests, this wine has the archetypal zesty, gooseberry flavours, but also a
brooding sweet smokiness you’d expect with Pinot Gris. One to try out on people
who like Sauvignon Blanc and might like to try something slightly different.
epitomised! Any bottle of this in our house generally gets drunk on the day of
purchase and we usually end up buying another on the day of the event for which
it was intended. Peachy, honeyed and floral notes with a nice balance of
acidity and a definite lick of minerality – a brilliant Italian (Sicilian)
white at this price point.