So France and Germany are coming out of recession already – excellent news, except for those of us who are left grappling with hideous Euro exchange rates. Relief comes in the form of this excellent South African sauvignon blanc, which represents excellent value compared to some Continental imports.
And, because it’s from the superb Franschhoek Valley region, you can expect serious quality too. In the glass, it’s tropical (intense flavours such as melon and passion fruit are key), but this is kept in check with grassy notes and lime-like acidity. It would be excellent with Thai dishes — see our Banquet for recipe ideas. £11 at Tesco (www.tesco.com)