FOOD & DRINK / Grapevine: Kathryn McWhirter's wine choice

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DRY WHITES UNDER pounds 3

**1991 Glenloth Coonwarra Dry White ( pounds 2.99 Oddbins) This was one of the best-value wines I tasted this month. Made from the Riesling grape in the dry, citrussy American style.

*1991 Niersteiner Spiegelberg Kabinett, Muller ( pounds 2.99 Somerfield and Gateway) Good value, crisp, light, honeyed German wine.

*1990 Bairrada Branco, Sogrape ( pounds 2.99 Tesco) Crisp, lemony Portuguese wine.

REDS UNDER pounds 3

*Leziria, Vino de Mesa Tinto ( pounds 1.99 Food Giant and Oddbins, pounds 2.35 Somerfield and Gateway, pounds 2.39 Victoria Wine) Stunning value, strawberry and cherry-fruity with a little tannin and good body.

*D'Aguilar Corbieres ( pounds 1.99 Tesco) Very good for the price, firmly tannic and strawberry-fruity, needs food.

*Sainsbury's 1991 La Mancha, Castillo de Alhambra Tinto Cencibel ( pounds 2.99) Another good red that needs food to soften its tannin.

WHITES UNDER pounds 5

***1988 Bad Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Riesling Spatlese, Staatsweingut der LLVA ( pounds 4.95 Victoria Wine until July 17, then pounds 5.69).

**1988 McWilliams Mount Pleasant South East Australian Semillon-Chardonnay ( pounds 4.99 Asda).

**1991 Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne ( pounds 4.99 Oddbins).

**1990 Somontano Montisierra Blanco ( pounds 2.99 Food Giant, pounds 3.25 Gateway).

REDS UNDER pounds 5

**1991 Wildflower J Lohr Estates Monterey Gamay ( pounds 4.99 Oddbins).

**1989 Crozes-Hermitage, Louis Mousset ( pounds 4.99 Unwins).

**Trapiche Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Cask Reserve ( pounds 4.29 Sainsbury's).

**1986 Sakar Merlot, Bulgaria ( pounds 4.69 Thresher, Bottoms Up and Wine Rack).

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