Wines of the week: Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2012; Alain Grignon Viognier 2011/12; Falanghina Beneventano IGT 2011
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 21 July 2013
Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2012
Love New Zealand whites but want something different to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc? What about this rich, complex white from the North Island – gorgeous, full-bodied flavours of honey, spice, apricots and pears make this a great companion to pork dishes, crustacea or runny cheeses. £11.10, exelwines.co.uk; £12.99, nzhouseofwine.co.uk
Alain Grignon Viognier 2011/12
Can't afford pricy Condrieu from the northern Rhône? Head over to the Minervois in the Languedoc where you will find this wine from the reliable Grignon stable – fabulous floral aromas, stone fruits such as peach and a touch of citrus, but with a clean finish. Lovely with any Asian spiced seafood. £7.99 (£6.99 each for two bottles as part of a purchase of six bottles), majestic.co.uk
Falanghina Beneventano IGT 2011
Want an Italian white that's got more body than often bland Pinot Grigio? From just outside Naples, made with the local Falanghina grape, this has beguiling flavours of apples and green peppers and a smoky, spicy underpinning. Drink with cheese or smoked meats. £6.49, Marks & Spencer
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