Wines of the week: Château Coussin Saint Victoire Côtes de Provence 2012; Rioja Rosado CVNE 2012; Fairtrade Malbec Argentina 2012
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 25 August 2013
As Bill says, this could be the last weekend of the year for some serious outdoor eating. If so, here are three recommendations you should be able to pick up today…
For the garden
Château Coussin Saint Victoire Côtes de Provence 2012
Planning to eat en plein air, with crustacea, shellfish or simple, grilled chicken? This is a lovely, very dry, typically modern, elegant Provençal rosé, scented with herbs and tasting of wild-berry fruits, with strawberries prominent. Drink very cold. £12.25, Oddbins
For the picnic
Rioja Rosado CVNE 2012
Picnicking requires a versatile wine for the coolbox, one that does not need to be icy and matches a variety of foods. Step forward the CVNE Rosada, fuller than Provençal rosés, packed with ripe flavours. Don't forget the corkscrew. £8.99, majestic.co.uk (as part of a purchase of a minimum six mixed bottles)
For the barbie
Fairtrade Malbec Argentina 2012
Said to be the best vintage from the pioneering Fairtrade La Riojana vineyard, this is a terrific-value wine. Robust and full-bodied, with the typical Malbec burst of fresh fruits and smooth dark chocolate flavours. Excellent with all grilled red meats. £6.99, Co-op stores
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