Dourthe No.1 2015 12%
The Wine Society £8.50
A Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux is more delicate than some of the more upfront New Zealand styles; this is still crisp, lively and fruity and actually pretty complex and aromatic. I love it. And I’m pretty keen on all the wines made by Dourthe – look out for them.
Food match: Goat’s Cheese is great with Sauvignon. Not your thing? Try Caerphilly instead, or also, of course, white fish and salads
Château Les Martins Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 2014 13.5%
Trying to persuade Caroline to try a red by recommending one with her name on! A great value Bordeaux from the slopes on the right bank of the Gironde Estuary – mostly Merlot giving a cherry, plummy flavour and soft lushness in the mouth.
Food match: Meat dishes and tomato pasta dishes.
Château Bauduc £9.95 (£59.60 per case of 6) 12%
Direct from the chateau www.bauduc.com
This is my favourite Bordeaux rosé. A classic blend of Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot) but made in light, stylish, crisp Provence style. It’s a wine which graces the wine list of Rick Stein’s restaurant and Gordon Ramsay’s, not to mention my wine glass in Moseley. The owners Gavin and Angela Quinney are Brits, Gavin actually is a local boy from Worcester.
Food match: Great on its own and very versatile with lighter style dishes like stir-frys.