It’s the weekend! What better reason to have a glass of wine or two this evening? Here’s our pick of the top tipples to top off your trading week and get your weekend off to a good start in The LFX Guide to: Wine.
The lowdown: It’s International Moscato Day, so this sweet, fruity wine with a touch of fizz had to make the list. Moscato wines are lighter in alcohol content than most wines, so you can drink this (almost) guilt-free. And you’d never know it from the taste, blending fresh green grapes, passionfruit and peaches to make a lightly sparkling wine that’s ideal for a sunny summer evening.
Drink it with: Desserts or a good cheese board.
Buy it from: yellowtail wine.com
The Pink One
The lowdown: What’s better than wine? Pink wine! This rose is made from pinot grigio grapes for a fruity taste with an aroma of strawberries and cream and a fresh raspberry flavour. It’s the perfect summer wine. (Tip: try mixing rose with ginger ale to make a ‘Strawberry Blonde’ cocktail).
Drink it: On its own as an aperitif or with seafood.
Buy it from: Marks & Spencer
The Special One
The lowdown: No list of best wines is complete without a good champagne for those special occasions, and you can’t do much better than this one. It’s the pride and joy of the Veuve Clicquot champagne house and known to connoisseurs as one of the finest champagnes in the world. It doesn’t get much better.
Drink it: As an aperitif.
Buy it from: veuveclicquot.com
The lowdown: The Marques de Riscal are known for transforming the face of rioja wine with their groundbreaking techniques, and the Reserva is widely regarded as their top traditional rioja wine. It’s full-bodied yet packed with summer fruit flavours, and will mature for another 5 years (or drink it right away).
Drink it with: Spanish tapas- ham, cheese and spicy casseroles.
Buy it from: majestic.co.uk
The Cheap-as-Chips One
The lowdown: No, don’t turn your nose up- it may be cheap, but it’s also cheerful. It was good enough, in fact, to be awarded Gold in the 2014 International Wine Challenge blind taste test, beating off a host of more expensive rivals. It’s an aromatic white with notes of nettle and passionfruit- and it’s Asda price.
Drink it with: Seafood, especially shellfish and white fish.
Buy it from: Asda
The Golden One
The lowdown: If you’re a fan of the finer things in life, you’ll enjoy this dazzling combo of sparkling wine and real gold. The cuvee is mixed with a dash of liqueur and a generous sprinkle of edible 22 carat gold flakes. If it’s a gift, you can get a personalised message written on the bottle for free- but I’d keep it for myself if I were you.
Drink it with: Seafood, poultry or cheese.
Buy it from: vomfassuk.com
The French Red
The lowdown: If you’re only going to try one red wine, make it a Chateauneuf du Pape. This is a particularly good one- consistently made, with a rich, full-bodied taste and spicy undertones. These wines are best consumed during the first 10-12 years of their life, so you’ve only got a year or two to enjoy this 2006 vintage at its best- if it lasts that long.
Drink it with: Beef and lamb.
Buy it from: vintagewineandport.co.uk
The Australian Red
The lowdown: Competing with the Chateauneuf from the other side of the world is this classic Australian blend of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. The shiraz gives it a fresh, fruity taste with a hint of spice, while the sauvignon gives it body. Wolf Blass won International Red Winemaker of the Year in the year this wine was made, so you know it’s going to be a good one.
Drink it with: Steak, pizza or tomato based sauces.
Buy it from: ocado.com
The Chocolate One
The lowdown: Some things are better rich. Chocolate and wine are two of them. This is definitely one for the chocoholics among you… A deep red wine with hints of black cherry and vanilla combined with rich dark chocolate.
Drink it with: More chocolate… what else?
Buy it from: Amazon.com
The Sparkling One
The lowdown: Prosecco has overtaken champagne in the last few years as the biggest-selling sparkling wine. Find out why with this fine, crisp bubbly with hints of golden apple. The Nino Franco estate were one of the first to export Prosecco, bringing an alternative to champagne into the international market. So you know who to thank.
Drink it with: Pizza, pasta and Italian meats.
Buy it from: sommerlierschoice.co.uk