WM Morrisons Pinot Gris 2013
Pinot Grigio with attitude! The bottle might suggest this is German but actually it’s from Alsace in northern France. They do Pinot Gris really well there. Made by one of France’s most respected co-operatives, Cave de Turckheim, this has enticing honeysuckle aromas, hints of honey, too. It’s silky smooth with a just off dry finish. And International Wine Challenge judges love it.
Food match: Thai food, stir fry, salmon fillet
Vinsobres Les Cornuds 2014 Famille Perrin
If you like Châteauneuf du Pape you will love this. Made by a family with Châteauneuf pedigree (they make the much sought after Château de Beaucastel), the Perrins know this terroir and how to grow the very best grapes from it. This is a £15-£20 wine at a tenner, punching well above its price point. Exquisitely aromatic – red fruits, herbs – and a combination of being both fruity, from the Grenache grapes, and robust and spicy thanks to the addition of Syrah.
Food match: Peppered steak, spicy sausages, chilli con carne
Muga Rioja Rosado 2015
Waitrose £7.99 (usually £9.99)
Rosé (or rosado in this case because it’s Spanish) is now popular all year round. But in the summer months sales naturally increase, whatever the weather. Muga is a top name in Rioja, both their reds and whites are some of my favourites of the area. Their rosado is no different. Made from Tempranillo, this has strawberry and mango aromas, a red apple flavour and mouth-watering crispness – quenching and satisfying.
Food match: Tapas of almost any description. It’s versatile!