WINE TO DINE
Drinks writer Peter Ranscombe selects five lower-alcohol wines
THE DOCTORS’ SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2017
This Sauvignon Blanc is naturally lighter thanks to clever pruning and yet still packed full of New Zealand’s classic freshness and fruitness. 9.5% ABV.
SUMIKA SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2017 Marks & Spencer £7.50
Spinning the wine in a cone removes some of the alcohol, leaving behind some delicious green pepper and gooseberry flavours at just 8.5% alcohol.
A J ADAM DHRONER RIESLING TROCKEN, 2014 Woodwinters £19.50
German riesling is a really great loweralcohol choice and this example really sings with fruity apple and cinnamon notes. 11% alcohol.
PG PINOT GRIGIO ROSÉ, 2017 Spar £6
A light Romanian rosé offering up a burst of ripe strawberry, raspberry and red cherry flavours and with a modest alcohol content of only 11.5%.
ESCARPMENTTHE EDGE PINOT NOIR MARTINBOROUGH, 2017, Waitrose £11.99 until 1 January then £14.99
Cooler-climate pinot noirs make great lighter reds, this brings spun sugar and raspberry jam, although not that light on alcohol at 14% ABV.