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Wine World Cup: Germany and South Africa qualify to final

Sun 30 May 2010 18:34


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Start off the summer in style and accompany your World Cup viewing with wine from the top eight seeded 2010 teams.

Wine Expert Tom Cannavan has put forward wine from England, Spain, Holland, Argentina, Germany, Italy, South Africa and Brazil to give you a cultural alternative that will tantalise your taste buds.

Put through the taste tests last week, England and Argentina kept their Wine World Cup hopes alive as Spain and Holland were given the red card.

Now, Germany goes head-to-head with Italy and home nation South Africa take on Brazil.

Flying the flag for Germany is Doctor Loosen, 'Dr L' Riesling 2009, priced at £7.99 from Oddbins. This crisp and beautifully fruity wine is lighter in alcohol with only 8.5% and has a sweet edge that would really suit Thai and Oriental cuisine.

Tom said: “This is the ultimate summer wine for me, it is really zingy and there is a peachy sweetness to it.”

Representing the current World Cup holders Italy is Tesco’s Finest Fiano 2009, priced at £5.99.

This crisp, unoaked wine from the island of Sicily is a bolder, more tropical taste but does boast the advantage of being cheaper in price.

Tom added: “This had got the lovely lemony, peachy quality to it too. It is dry compared to the first one but it has got a lovely rich flavour. It is a lovely wine to have with fish and shellfish.”


Next to aim on target for goal is World Cup hosts South Africa. Representing the home nation is Charles Back Barbera 2008. Priced at £9.99 from Marks & Spencer, this dark, rich, spicy wine has a juicy cherry and vanilla flavour.

Upon taste testing, Tom said: “There are lots of cherry and chocolate aromas. This is great with a steak or any rich dishes.”

Taking on the hosts in the Wine World Cup are Brazil. Famed for their football but not necessarily their wine, the Quinta do Seival, Touriga Nacional 2005, priced at £12.87 from, is firm with hints of raisins and chocolate - a taste that may well surprise a few sceptics.

After some taste testing, Tom announced Germany and South Africa as the qualifying teams for the final, where they will join Argentina and England. Tune into The Hour or visit next week to find out the Wine World Cup winner.

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