5 of the Best Wines To Buy Right Now

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If you've read our wine bluffers' guide, you'll know that swerving the bargain bin and paying over £8 for your weekend bottle will reap rewards. But which bottles out there in the mid-priced area are worth throwing in your trolley right now? We asked wine expert Jane Parkinson, author of “Wine & Food” (Ryland Peters) for some suggestions:


Best For Healthy Pairing: Dveri Pax Furmint/Pinot Gris/Traminer/Riesling 2013

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If you’re gorging on sushi this winter to make up for the Christmas overload then look no further than this Slovenian dry white to pair it with. Made from a blend of four grapes, together they make a killer match with seafood. The wine cools your palate like the steely blade of a knife and has zesty grapefruit and ripe apple flavours. As I say in 'Wine & Food', these grapes are great with Asian food so any kind of raw or marinated fish would be great with a drop of this, even if sushi is a dead cert match. £10, M&S

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Best For Valentine's Scmoozing: Il Mosnel Franciacorta NV

Franciacorta is the name of the region in Italy as well as the sparkling wine that is made here, essentially it’s Italy’s version of Champagne. It’s a high-class fizz that tastes of lightly buttered toast and because of its gentle bubbles it makes a seriously delicious and romantic aperitif for Valentine’s Day. £23.50, Vini Italiani

Best For Cricket Watching: Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012


While you’re up late watching the Cricket World Cup on the other side of the world, pay homage to one of this year’s hosts by indulging in a bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir. You could drink by itself because it’s so fruity and smooth but it also has all food bases covered, from a few pieces of chorizo as a snack to bacon slathered mac n’ cheese to meat-adorned pizza. It’s a sensational bargain when you buy two bottles because it comes in at £15.32 instead of the usual £23 a bottle. £15.32 Majestic

Best Rioja Alternative: Matetic Corallilo Syrah 2011


Start 2015 bravely by breaking out of your red wine rut and trying something new like this Chilean Syrah. Syrah has quickly become one of the most exciting wine grapes in this country, and this one is a perfect example of why it’s so on-the-money right now. Bursting with blackcurrant fruit it’s also a bit savoury thanks to those thyme and rosemary flavours, it’s a brilliantly versatile red to have in stock this winter and proves my claim in Wine & Food that the Syrah grape works with all kinds of hearty wintry meat dishes. £17.99, Selfridges

Best For Pimping Your Pancake: Campbell’s Rutherglen Muscat 2011


You need this bottle in your life if you’re smothering your pancakes in golden syrup or honey this year (and let’s face, why wouldn’t you?). It’s a gorgeously gooey sweet wine from Australia made with the Muscat grape and is crammed with flavours of caramel, toffee and dried fruits. It just melts in your mouth. £12.49, Waitrose