Wine for the weekend - Fleurie Domaine Fernand Verpoix

For those who like their reds on the lighter side, gamay is a grape to get into. Previously (well, in the Eighties) it was synonymous with the now rather clichéd Beaujolais Nouveau, which, more often than not, was a thin, acidic and disappointing red. These days, gamay takes on a variety of guises, with recent vintages such as 2003 and 2005 being especially noteworthy for their deep and rewarding flavours.

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Fleurie is one of the Beaujolais appellations that does especially wonderful things with the grape, and this bottle, from a small family-run producer, is a classic example of luscious strawberry and red fruit flavours displayed to good effect (and without so much as a hint of Ribena). It would be a great match with a substantial salad, but would be equally enjoyable for pre-dinner quaffing. £13,