Perfect barbecue wines for under a tenner

04 May, 2007

Reds

Alain Chatoux Les Trois Collines, Vieilles Vignes, Beaujolais 2005 (£7.75, Berry Bro s & Rudd). Lots of fruit, nicely balanced with good acidity. Great with salmon , tuna , chicken, lamb or pork.

Castello Monaci, Salice Salentino 2004 (£7.34, Bibendum). This southern Italian red has the grip and personality to cope with chargrilled meat, but at 13 per cent abv it won't knock you for six.

Rosés

Turkey Flat Rosé, Barossa Valley (£9.99, Mentzendorff). A blend of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Dolcetto makes up one of Oz's most consistent rosés. Terrific with bangers.

Château Saint Baillon Rosé, Côtes de Provence 2006 (£8.96, Bibendum). This classic rosé should slip down easily as an aperitif, but will also work with robustly-flavoured fish and salads.

Whites

Tesco Finest Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2006 (£6.99, Tesco). Ripe, honeyed fruit and crisp acidity would make this a terrific match for dishes with a touch of spice as well as the more obvious seafood partners.

Martin Codax, Albariño, Rias Baixas 2005 (£8.49 - or two bottles for £6.99 each, Majestic). Lots of lovely peachy fruit, but plenty of zippy acidity too. Perfect with seafood or white meats .




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