Discovering new wines is rewarding, but with so many options, knowing where to find them is a challenge.
Accepting the helping hand of the next few paragraphs though will lead you to a tasty white that will not break the bank, but which few will have discovered.
Its equally tasty red partner also has a slightly unexpected twist – as an unblended Rioja.
As is normal here, pictures and – where available – hyperlinks are provided to guide you straight to the right wine on shelf or web page.
Certainly didn’t expect this.
2021 Isoletta Lucido Pinot Grigio Sicily (£5.19 at Morrisons and 12.5%):
Lucido is an alternative Sicilian name for their workhorse catarratto grape and, here, its kindly priced alliance with pinot grigio works delightfully.
White wine this far south can struggle for acidity and, frankly, can sometimes be somewhat ordinary.
However, with floral and apricot aromas and faint mineral traces, this is anything but ordinary.
It also features crunchy apple and white peach flavours accompanied by a prickle of lemon acidity and unexpected depth.
This was more predictable – in a good way.
2020 Muriel Tempranillo Rioja (£6.75 – instead of £7.75 until 31 January – at the Co-op and 13.5% abv):
Although tempranillo normally does take the lead in Rioja, it usually has at least one blending partner.
Here, though, it goes it alone in a great value red created by a Bodegas that started producing quality Rioja almost a century ago.
Dark with attractive smoky touches, the wine itself delivers juicy black cherry and plum stone flavours supported by firm tannin and hints of cocoa, cinnamon and rosemary.
Building on today’s focus on the less expensive end of the wine world, take a look at my recommendations from the latest Lidl Wine Tour when we meet again on Thursday.
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