Something For The Weekend

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc2000 Langhorne Creek Brothers in Arms ShirazTesco Rosé Champagne Brut

Saturday 08 February 2003 01:00
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Saturday

2002 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc £7.99, Oddbins, Waitrose

Thirst-crazed Australian brewer Lion Nathan swallowed the Marris family's winery in one go last year. You won't have to dig so deep to enjoy the heady, exotic fragrance and passionfruit flavours of this zippy new-vintage Marlborough dry white at its zesty, grapefruity best. Try it with grilled goat's cheese on toast, with rocket.

Sunday

2000 Langhorne Creek Brothers in Arms Shiraz £13.95, Tanners, Shrewsbury (01743 234500)

Amid the bog-standard and the run-of-the-mill, there's still the really special stuff that gave Australian shiraz its good name. Like this traditional style from Tom and Guy Adams' in Langhorne Creek with its voluptuous, warm blanket of blackberry fruit concentration and peppery veneer of smoky oak spiciness. Try with a pork and noodle stir-fry or a rich beef casserole.

St Valentine's Day

Tesco Rosé Champagne Brut £12.99 Tesco

For affordable romance, this stylishly dry and crisp salmon-pink fizz with its strawberryish flavours and delicate bubbles has a 20 per cent discount until Sunday week. You can extend a St Valentine's Day flush even further with an added 5 per cent discount on 6 bottles, bringing it down another £1 to £11.99.

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