Wine

Our wine ex­pert picks her favourite east­ern Euro­pean bot­tles

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Young & Crazy Mel­nik 2017, Bul­garia (£8.50, thewine­so­ci­ety.com)

Bul­garia was once best known for its rough caber­net sauvi­gnons but is now turn­ing to na­tive grapes such as this mel­nik. Juicy and fresh, it makes very easy glug­ging with the roast duck with Bram­ley ap­ple sauce and red cab­bage on p22.

Tbil­vino Qvevris 2015, Ge­or­gia (£10, M&S)

Made from the lo­cal rkat­siteli grape, this on-trend or­ange wine (when grape skins are left in con­tact with the juice to add colour and tex­ture) is ma­tured in tra­di­tional clay jars called qvevri. Very ver­sa­tile.

Real Tokaji Dry Tokaji 2015, Hun­gary (£11.99, or £9.99 in Mixed 6 deal, ma­jes­tic.co.uk)

The Tokaj re­gion is best known for its sweet wines made from the fur­mint grape, but its mod­ern dry wines are now catch­ing at­ten­tion. Herba­ceous and savoury with a touch of gen­tle oak.

Puklavec ‘Seven Num­bers 3’ Pinot Gri­gio 2016, Slove­nia (£16, wood­win­ters.com)

This wine was awarded the world’s Pinot Gri­gio Mas­ter in a re­spected trade jour­nal. Burst­ing with peaches and grape­fruit with a gen­tle spicy round­ness, try it with the roast pork loin with apfelkren on p38.

Sanziana Pinot Noir 2017, Ro­ma­nia (£7.95, cor­neyand­bar­row.com)

Ter­rific value for this lus­cious pinot that has a lovely spicy fin­ish. It would marry hap­pily with the sticky honey and mus­tard cather­ine wheel sausage with pears, cob­nuts and cele­riac mash on p38.

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