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Top Tips today present flavoursome and refreshing white wine and a smooth, damson centred red in examples designed to impress.

Wine lovers such as MidWeek Wines subscribers are often looking for something slightly different to try, so here are two standout wines sure to impress.

With pinot grigio so often dismissed as bland white wine with little acidity, here is one that dances to a different tune.

The main reason is that its mountainous homeland gives it enough acidity to impress even the most prejudiced observer.

Its companion is a must-try for red wine fans since it proves that smooth, relatively complex malbec is still available at modest prices (just not very often now!).

The wine’s restrained tannin, varied flavour profile and sharp acidity make for a balanced and satisfying drinking experience.

So, for a smooth red or crisp white, seek out one (or both) of these bottles and toast the joys of tasting something just a little different.

As is normal here, pictures and hyperlinks are provided where possible to guide you straight to the right wine on shelf or web page.

First that pinot grigio

2021 Taste the Difference Pinot Grigio (£7 at Sainsbury’s):

Trentino in Italy’s Alpine parts is a region cool enough to ensure that its wines are enticingly charged with acidic freshness – as this example from there illustrates.

In addition, some Trentino producers skilfully use modern winemaking techniques to give their pinot grigios extra vibrancy and delicacy when compared to other versions.

Bright and aromatic, this Trentino PG features light, but herbal, apple and melon flavours.

These are ably supported by lively grapefruit acidity and a savoury (almost nutty) concluding backdrop.

….. And that tasty red.

2022 4 Winemakers Malbec (£6.25 at the Co-op):

This brand is a hugely successful collaboration between four very able young Argentinian winemakers.

Dark with dried fruit aromas, this result of their labours has smooth damson, raspberry and raisin flavours with traces of sweetness.

Those fundamentals are coupled with sharp acidity, soft tannin and suggestions of cinnamon and sage.

Seriously good malbec for you to try, but prices may differ slightly within the various arms of the Co-op.

Continuing today’s focus on the less expensive end of the wine world, Thursday sees the latest in our Discounter Discoveries series when new arrivals in Aldi are considered.

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4 Responses

  1. Your Pinot Grigio is currently showing as £5.25 Brian, if it comes as part of Sainsbury’s latest 25% off buy 6 bottles just up and running from tomorrow.

  2. What a pleasure to read that Paul – thank you so much for your kind words. I rather like the title “Blather and Fudge Free Recommendations” -perhaps I should adopt it.

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