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Rosé 1. Pé­tale de Rose Chateau la Tour de l'eveque

Rose AOC Côtes de Provence, 2015, France. The palest of rosés, de­light­fully dry and or­ganic. There are many im­i­ta­tions of this Provençal pink, de­vel­oped in Eight­ies, but the orig­i­nal is a gen­uine treat. 2. Pi­caro

del Aguila Clarete, 2016, Spain. "Red and white grapes blended and aged in the bar­rel. Cer­ti­fied or­ganic, it's a de­li­cious choice for all wine lovers who hes­i­tate whether they should go for white or red. It will go well not only with monk­fish or tuna, but also with white meat served in a lighter sauce." Red 3. Puy-de-dome Pinot Noit,

2016, France. The light­est of reds can so eas­ily be done

un­sat­is­fac­to­rily, but cheap—in this case—can still be cheer­ful. 4. Con­stan­tia Glen Five, 2011, South Africa. A blend of five Bordeaux grape va­ri­eties, grown in the balmy shadow of Ta­ble Moun­tain. Plenty of oomph, but el­e­gant. 5. Valle Reale, Sant'eu­sanio, Mon­tepul­ciano

D'abruzzo, 2015, Italy." A deep, dark, juicy and con­cen­trated 100 per cent moun­tain Mon­tepul­ciano from a tiny par­cel of land within Abruzzo Na­tional Park, 500m above sea level. Made only from ex­cep­tional vin­tages, Sant'eu­sanio has silky smooth tan­nis, vi­brant acid­ity and black for­est fruits. Pairs well with rich dark meats and savoury dishes but equally as de­li­cious as a

con­tem­pla­tion wine." White 6. Sepp Moser Grüner

Velt­liner, 2017, ger­many. Grüner Velt­liner is in­creas­ingly ap­pear­ing on wine lists as an al­ter­na­tive to Ries­ling. This par­tic­u­lar one's pale colour be­lies its flavour, which is bright, bouncy and sur­pris­ingly pi­quant. 7. Cloudy Bay

Te Koko, 2015, New Zealand. The pre­mium range of this New World be­he­moth, a Marl­bor­ough re­gion Sau­vi­gnon Blanc that is broad yet bal­anced, with plenty of char­ac­ter. 8. Stolp­man Vine­yards Rous­sanne, 2015,

USA. "Very juicy, richly oaked, but cov­ered by suc­cu­lent trop­i­cal and or­chard fruit. Aged in 100 per cent new oak, this is Cal­i­for­nia's an­swer to Her­mitage Blanc. It's

bloody de­li­cious and will show you that Chardon­nay is not the only big-boy white grape in Cal­i­for­nia." Orange 9. Leonardo Erazo and Chris­telle Guib­ert Tierra

del Itata Mus­cat, 2016, Chile. "There are many types of Mus­cat. This is highly per­fumed, all fruit and flo­ral rich­ness on the nose yet bone dry to taste with a kick of pith, tan­ger­ine tamg to fin­ish. Works just as well as an aper­i­tif as it does with some big flavours on the ta­ble." 10. Don Chrisciotte Fiano, Pier­luigi Zam­paglioni, 2016, Italy. "A pure and nat­u­ral wine that's very user­friendly—a fresh, herba­ceous, apri­cot gate­way into the world of orange wine."

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