Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2017, Friuli, Italy, 12.5%, Marks and Spencer down from £10 to £6.67 until 31 December

At last, a Pinot Grigio with all the right flavours of ripe pears, lime and a touch of peach.  Dry, fresh and delicious.

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, New Zealand, 12.5%, Morrisons down from £9.50 to £7 until 1 January

This stunning Sauvignon is on so many shelves it is easy to ignore, but it is bang on form right now, with zippy, zesty gooseberry and lime flavours.  A tastebud reviver.

CUNE Rioja Crianza 2015, Spain, 13.5%, Booths, down from £10 to £7 until 1 January

A youthful style of Rioja full of cherry and red berry fruit, a hint of vanilla and cocoa on the finish.  Team with lamb or herb-spiked roast chicken.

Terre del Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy, 13.5%, Waitrose down from £19.99 to £14.99 until 1 January

Cherry and crushed raspberry fruit, with notes of star anise, cold tea and damp earth, wrapped up in structuring tannins.  Perfect alongside game or braised beef right now but don’t hurry.  This will keep another 5 years.


Check out white wines for Christmas in Saturday’s Yorkshire Post Magazine.



About The Author

Christine is a wine writer, broadcaster and a wine judge for several international wine competitions. She has a technical background and spent five years as a buyer for a major supermarket before moving to wine writing.She writes for The Yorkshire Post Magazine and organises the York Festival of Food and Drink. She has won both the Lanson and the Roederer prizes for wine writing.

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