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Wine club December offer



£15.99 to £10 until December 14: Part of the quick-fire Waitrose offer. This has all the fresh, green aromas of Sauvignon Blanc, but there is lemon zest and a hint of nectarine with a definite streak of smoky minerals.

Classics Alsace Gewürztram­iner 2020, France, Marks & Spencer, £10: A soft, aromatic, lightly spiced, peach blossom and Turkish delight style of Gewürz. Try with ginger-garnished scallops or with the unpasteuri­sed Old Roan Wensleydal­e cheese available at Courtyard Dairy in Settle. Martinez wines also stocks Courtyard Dairy cheeses.

Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2020, Germany, Field & Fawcett, £10.30: Move away from the Grigio and try Pinot Gris – the same grape, but with more flavour. It has creamy ripe pears, nectarine and clear fresh acidity. Perfect with any spice-edged food.

The Dot Austrian Pepper Grüner Veltliner 2020, Martinez Wines, £11.19: Austrian Pepper tastes of crisp apples, ripe pears and citrus zest, with a twist of white pepper on the finish. Terrific with curried left-over turkey.

Kumeu Village Chardonnay 2019, Booths, £12: This small estate makes wines that give white Burgundies a good run for their money. Elegant, restrained, full of pure, mineral-backed fruit and fresh on the finish. Step up to the “Estate 2020” for greater depth and complexity (Bon Coeur, £22.99).

Cru Smith and Sheth Wairau Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlboroug­h, New Zealand, Tesco, £17: Seriously good Sauvignon from Marlboroug­h

Master of Wine Steve Smith. With old vines, ecological viticultur­e and expert winemaking, he has produced a wine full of juicy, gooseberry-edged, lime and nectarine-filled wine.

Yves Cuilleron Viognier 2020, Les Vignes d’à Côté, Rhône, France, Roberts & Speight, £17.99: As close as you can get to Condrieu without a second mortgage. Honeysuckl­e aromas, with nectarine fruit, and a fine balance of flavours and freshness.

Giant Steps Chardonnay 2020, Yarra Valley, Australia, Harrogate Wine £24.99: These grapes were on the vines when I was last in the Yarra. It was a cool year and yields were down which means the grapes were small and full of flavour. This is bright, crisp and full of melon and citrus fruit. Stylish, refreshing and perfect with fishy starters.

Is the family coming round for Christmas? Let’s hope that all goes to plan and with this case of wine by your side you will be prepared for everything. There is fizz, a stylish Sauvignon from Chile, and a white Rioja. The reds include a delicious New Zealand

Pinot Noir, an Italian Sangiovese and a classic claret. There are two bottles of each wine.

This 12-bottle case costs £95. Delivery costs £9.95 for a single case but if you order two cases to the same address, it is free.

How to order online: Just google

“Yorkshire Post Wine Club” and the offer pops up or go to www.houseoftow­nend. com/yorkshire-post-wine-club. You can also ring our order line on 01482 638888, Monday to Friday, 9am to

5pm. Outside this time, leave a message including your telephone number and we will ring you back.

There are 12 bottles in this case, two each of:

Fizz: Pure Prosecco Rosé, Italy – summer fruits and gentle bubbles.

Whites: Santa Luz Gran Reserva Sauvignon 2020, Leyda Valley – crisp, lively lemon and passionfru­it Sauvignon; Rioja Vega Blanco 2020 – unoaked, juicy citrus with a dash of herbs.

Reds: Lawson’s Dry Hills Inviniti Pinot Noir 2020, Marlboroug­h – lively red fruit flavours with a soft, juicy style; Sangiovese 2020, Ca’ Tesore, Puglia – soft and sunny Sangiovese with raspberry fruit; Ch. Moulin de Mallet 2016, Bordeaux – every Christmas needs a claret and this one is drinking perfectly.

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