Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE - ANDY CRONSHAW

THERE was a time when if you were seek­ing some­thing chilled and re­fresh­ing for summer, the se­lec­tions at wine mer­chants were dom­i­nated by just a few grapes.

In white wines Chardon­nay, Sau­vi­gnon Blanc and Ries­ling were the grapes that ev­ery­one knew and the odd ex­cep­tion might be a Chenin Blanc or a Gewurz­traminer.

These days things have never been so var­ied and as well as being bet­ter known, grape va­ri­eties such as Grüner Velt­liner are not just pe­cu­liar­i­ties of Aus­tria but are being grown in the New World.

The as­cent of Por­tuguese ta­ble wine from its as­so­ci­a­tion purely with Ma­teus rosé has been re­mark­able and has picked un­her­alded va­ri­eties such

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