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Wine | Fruity wine is cream of the crop for Wimbledon

By Martin Lury


The ASSEMBLY Rooms in Chichester, with its early-Georgian splendour, provided the musical arena for the Wish we were Pink Floyd band, pictured far right, who proceeded to delight the crowd last Saturday both with their stunning laser show and keen interpretation of Pink Floyd classics.


Having seen the Rolling Stones the previous Tuesday at Twickers, home of the oval ball, I feel inspired to look forward to the next major event to rival the World Cup for our attention – namely the Wimbledon Championship which tends to grip the nation.


Thus wines to sup during Wimbledon fortnight are my subject this week and my first selection has a strawberries and cream flavour allied to hints of redcurrant and rosehip in the form of an M&S Rosé d’Anjou (circa £7).


Light, fruity and refreshing – a great way to start watching the tournament. Champers next and, in the interests of economy, I recommend Aldi’s gem, namely the Monsigny Brut Champagne which defies belief given its £10.99 price and yet a very good Champagne which shames some of its pricier rivals.


In terms of a white wine, let us not buck the trend and select a sexy little Picpoul de Pinet and I can commend the Aldi, Tesco and M&S examples as particularly noteworthy. Picpoul is going to rival the Sauvignon Blanc phenomenon and the combination of a maritime climate  and fruity zing has proved to be a crowd pleaser.


As evening falls maybe a couple of bargain reds beckon, so I will look to Lidl’s normal range and select a Montepulciano D’Abruzzo mindful of its flavour with morello cherry to the fore and its affordability with a price tag under four pounds.


My other bargain red has Lidl provenance and costs just £4.29 – a very competitive price for a 2016 Bordeaux and one that is eminently quaffable!


Alternatively, if you are after a sparkler, then Lidl’s Seaview Brut for circa £5 is very drinkable, but I would advocate either a Cloudy Bay Pelorus or a Chapel Down (English!) Classic Non-Vintage Brut.


If you find the tennis too tense, then a good old G and T might be opportune and Majestic and M&S have fine examples thereof and my current favourites are the M&S Thames Distillery London Distilled Dry Gin No 1 or the Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin and you can pick your own tonic. Anyone for tennis?

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