Wines of the week<br/> 2000 Bodega Lurton Mendoza Pinot Gris; <br/>2001 Inti Malbec Famatina Valley

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The pinot gris landscape is dominated by the more expensive dry whites of the Alsace and Italian variety. But the Lurton brothers, who've set up a new winery on the outskirts of Mendoza, close to the Andes, are putting Argentina on the map with this excellent value pinot gris. It's fresh, powerfully flavoured and deliciously spicy, with a fresh, pear-like fruitiness and bone-dry, citrusy edge.

Wines of the week

White: 2000 Bodega Lurton Mendoza Pinot Gris, £4.49, Waitrose

The pinot gris landscape is dominated by the more expensive dry whites of the Alsace and Italian variety. But the Lurton brothers, who've set up a new winery on the outskirts of Mendoza, close to the Andes, are putting Argentina on the map with this excellent value pinot gris. It's fresh, powerfully flavoured and deliciously spicy, with a fresh, pear-like fruitiness and bone-dry, citrusy edge.

Red: 001 Inti Malbec Famatina Valley, Argentina, £4.99 (reduced £1 to £3.99 from tomorrow until 5 January), Safeway

In its smart, expensive-looking bottle, this nubile, juicy red from the Riojana co-operative in Argentina's sun-drenched Famatina Valley does what Beaujolais Nouveau used to do in the good old days: offer a gluggy, cherryish drink whose thirst-quenching virtues are designed to see off a grilled Lyonnaise, Toulouse or hearty Cumberland sausage.

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