My money is on white wine from Europe – we’re blessed by centuries of winemaking knowhow with a diverse range of grapes to choose from, just over the Channel. With attention on prices, some terrific bargains are yours to be had – just give them half an hour in the fridge; if you over-chill you risk muting the flavours. And break out to Portugal and Greece for future classics before prices catch up.
Best bargain white wines for summer
DUFFOUR PÈRE ET FILS CÔTES DE GASCOGNE 2021 (11.5%), from £6.99, Majestic. A pink grapefruit powered by a fruit-fuelled dynamo, this is exotic and invigorating.
THE BEST MUSCADET SÈVRE ET MAINE 2021 (12.5%), £8, Morrisons. A lemony, light and lovely French bargain. Serve this cold with shellfish.
FINEST VIÑAS DEL REY ALBARIÑO 2021 (12.5%), £9.50, Tesco. Dazzling as a luminous nectarine, this coastal white is packed with breezy brilliance.
TASTE THE DIFFERENCE DOURO WHITE 2021 (13.5%), £10, Sainsbury’s. Fragrant and deftly blended, this zinger is a welcome summery thrill.