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Sizzling wine for the summer break

Thu 28 Jul 2011 15:48

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With Michelle and the rest of The Hour gang away sunning themselves for the summer, wine expert Tom Cannvan visited the studio to offer a few seasonal tipples that you can enjoy as well.

So whether you are planning a girl’s picnic with a few glasses of fizz or a light evening meal with something a little heavier, Tom has the wine for you.

Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde 2010, £6.99 from Majestic

This classic wine from the north of Portugal is just 11.5 per cent alcohol so is light and summery, with a hint of lemon and pear. On the palette it is delicate with a slight spritz, but not a full fizz.

Piedmon Cortese 2010, £5.99 from Marks & Spencer

This Italian white wine is also only 11.5 per cent, but has a great freshness with notes of lime, flowers and even sherbet. To taste it is dry, so will go great with fish, pastas and prawns.

Rose Wall, Viognier 2009, £6.99, Tesco

The bright sunshine in Australia results in a bigger wine, with 13 per cent alcohol. The viognier originally came from the Rhone valley in France but has since flourished in Australia. With hints of apricots and peaches, it is perfect for slightly heavier dishes like chicken.

Prices are correct at the time of online publication. Please check with individual stores for up-to-date pricing information.

WINE FROM THE HOUR

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