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La Fea Tinto, Car­iñena, Spain — €8.50

Stock­ist: Dunnes Stores Na­tion­wide Car­iñena is near Zaragoza in Aragon and al­ways a good source of good value drink­able wines. This is a blend of Tem­pranillo, Gar­nacha and Syrah and is light and straight­for­wardly fruity and best served a lit­tle cooler. There is also a crisp fresh La Fea Blanca made from Viura and Chardon­nay.

Paloma de Plata 2016, Ali­cante, Spain — €13

Stock­ist: Dunnes Stores Na­tion­wide Ali­cante is the home of one of my favourite red grapes Monas­trell (aka: Mourvè­dre or Mataro), a grape that per­forms best in warm re­gions such as here or fa­mously in Ban­dol in Provence. This has ripe dam­son and cas­sis aro­mas, juicy ripe fruits on the palate and a lin­ger­ing black­berry com­pote fin­ish.

Paloma de Plata Al­bar­iño 2016, Rias Baixas, Spain — €12.50

Stock­ist: Dunnes Stores Na­tion­wide Find­ing drink­able Al­bar­iño un­der €15 is thank­fully get­ting eas­ier (check out the ex­cel­lent Lau­rent Miquel Al­bar­iño also exclusive to Dunnes). This has soft white peach aro­mas and soft weighty pear and melon flavours per­fect for a bar­be­cue and would even work on its own.

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