Our wine expert picks her favourite eastern European bottles
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.