De­li­cious and dirt cheap

Ev­ery bot­tle of­fers hon­est value for money, costs less than $20 and tastes like sun­shine in a glass

StarMetro Edmonton - - DAILY LIFE - Carolyn Evans Ham­mond

Sum­mer­time calls for crisp, easy-drink­ing wines that leave room in the bud­get for fancy frap­puc­ci­nos, great get­aways and, if you’ve got wee ones, sum­mer camp. With that in mind, here are five dirt cheap, de­li­cious drops just right for the height of sum­mer.

NV Piera Martel­lozzo Blu Giovello Prosecco DOC, Italy

Blu Giovello isn’t just a re­li­ably smart drop; it’s drier than many Prosec­cos on shelves, so less apt to tire the palate af­ter a glass or two. Ex­pect cap­ti­vat­ing aro­mas of freshly sliced pear and flavours of the same threaded with coy sug­ges­tions of bit­ter or­ange, white grape­fruit and cool min­er­als. The ef­fect is one of vi­va­cious­ness tem­pered with sub­tly and fi­nesse. Score: 91

2016 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde, Por­tu­gal

This clas­sic Vinho Verde tastes taut and fo­cused, de­liv­er­ing an in­stant hit of pure re­fresh­ment. Scents of cool lime and gen­tle bay leaf draw you to­ward the at­tack, which glides over the palate with great pu­rity and re­solve. It en­ters like a beam of sat­u­rated flavour — green ap­ple, grape­fruit, lime oil, sea salt and bay leaf — then lingers. Score: 90

NV Voga Moscato Friz­zante IGT, Veneto, Italy

Juicy-sweet and gen­tly-bub­bly with a low 7.5 per cent al­co­hol, this bar­gain bot­tle is bright, tight and fo­cused with flavours of chin­drip pineap­ple, peach, or­ange and mango. It’s the kind of wine you can ice down and quaff with aban­don on those ca­sual after­noons in the sun.

Score: 92

2017 Con­cha y Toro Fron­tera Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, Chile

Here’s a wine with all the bright re­fresh­ment of your favourite Pinot Gri­gio Think mouth­fill­ing flavours of Granny Smith ap­ple, damp basil and cut grass. The bone-dry expression hov­ers some­where be­tween

but with a bit more fruit char­ac­ter. the re­straint of French Sancerre, which is of course pure Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, and the full-throt­tle style that hails from Marl­bor­ough. Score: 93

NV Bare­foot Pinot Gri­gio, Cal­i­for­nia Like all good Pinot Gri­gios, Bare­foot’s ver­sion is more about cool re­straint than flam­boy­ant fruit. It starts with un­der­stated scents of sun­warmed tan­ger­ine be­fore slip­ping glass-like over the palate with sub­dued cit­rus and yel­low plum flavours un­der­pinned with a sub­tle slate-like char­ac­ter. Score: 89+ Get Evans Ham­mond’s food pair­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for th­ese wines at thes­tar.com/ food 2017 Con­cha y Toro Fron­tera Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, Chile (all wines avail­able in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions)

2016 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde, Por­tu­gal

NV Voga Moscato Friz­zante IGT, Veneto, Italy

NV Bare­foot Pinot Gri­gio, Cal­i­for­nia

NV Piera Martel­lozzo Blu Giovello Prosecco DOC, Italy

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