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John’s Monthly Wine Recommendations: July

White Wine

Tesco Finest* Picpoul de Pinet, £7

Tesco Finest* Picpoul de Pinet

Tesco Finest* Picpoul de Pinet

From the Languedoc in Southern France, named after a region which specialises in this unusual wine. Picpoul means ‘lipstinger,’ referring to this unusual grape’s amazing ability to retain a crisp, refreshing acidity even in the warm Mediterranean climes where white wines are uncommon.

Pinet was awarded its own sub-appellation for this variety, thanks to the high quality vines in vineyards perched on the limestone plateaux overlooking the sea. Zingy flavours of fresh citrus, pear and a soft minerally character with crisp acidity make this an ideal alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.

It's great to drink on its own, or as an accompaniment to seafood or rich dishes. We love it with our Friday night fish and chips!

Red Wine

Domaine du Colombier Chinon. Sainsbury's, £7

Cabernet Franc is a little known red grape variety, and one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is often a minor blending component in the wines of Bordeaux. However, in the Loire it really shines, taking well to the cooler climate. It produces the delicious, fragrant wines of the towns of Chinon and Bourgeuil.

Aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, violets and a characteristic ‘pencil shavings.’ It is often termed ‘the Frenchman’s wine,’ as it is popular in local bistros where it is quaffed happily by the litre. Most of it is intended to be enjoyed young, fresh and fruity. In good vintages, some serious ones like this can also be produced which can age a few years to develop a more complex, savoury nose.

An excellent value, complex wine with lots of flavours.

Domaine du Colombier Chinon Sainsbury's

Domaine du Colombier Chinon Sainsbury's