Last Of The Summer Wines…

John Gregory-Smith ON Aug 18, 2010 AT 9:33 am

Little Beauty Pinot Gris

Little Beauty Pinot Gris

By John Gregory-Smith

This year has been particularly tough for me; travelling all over SE Asia, India, the Middle East and Mexico, searching out the finest foods on offer for a new book… terrible, I know! Whilst I was away I stuck to lager however, since my return to London, I have been seriously indulging in some superb wines! Here are some of my best finds so far.

Little Beauty Pinot Gris

This excellent limited edition, single vineyard, range of wines from the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand has 5 superb wines to choose from; Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Dry Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. They are really quite special; production is low and the quality is extremely high. You can order the wines on their brilliant website, which also tells you loads of cool stuff about the soil, grapes and general wine making process too.

£11 – £16 a bottle from Little Beauty wines www.littlebeauty.co.nz

Delice des Rois Pineau d’Aunis Rose 2009

Delice des Rois Pineau d’Aunis Rose 2009

Delice des Rois Pineau d’Aunis Rose 2009

What a name! This beautiful pale rosé, made from the Pineau d’Aunis grapes, which are the rarest grapes known, has been discovered by Laithwaites and is their new summer wine. Only 431 hectares of soil is dedicated to this grape so it’s a real find. The result is a light, citrusy summer wine that is a pleasure to drink.

£7.99 a bottle from Laithwaites www.laithwaites.co.uk

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2009 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo di Breganze

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2009 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo di Breganze

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2009 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo di Breganze

This amazing Italian wine is not quite a rosé and not quite a white, but it’s completely delicious. It’s very light, fruity and smooth and, believe me when I tell you, it goes down a treat with any alfresco eating!

£6.99 a bottle from Majestic Wines www.majestic.co.uk

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