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3 Three of the best from the high street shelves.

Byline: Wine seller with Brian Elliott

2014 The Unexpected Red (PS5.99 at the Co-op) The "unexpected" element here is the inclusion of a largely unknown Italian grape, sagrantino, in a blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and tempranillo. It adds a savoury edge and touches of tannin that work well with the wine's bright, light raspberry and red cherry fruit and gentle prickle of acidity.

2014 Forte Alto Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti (PS5.99 instead of PS8.99 until Dec 8 at Waitrose) If you like your pinot grigio with supercharged freshness, seek out this Italian masterpiece. The altitude and latitude of the Dolomite mountains limits the ripeness of the grapes and keeps acidity levels up. This example has expressive mango and white peach fruit with a savoury - almost nutty - edge but then ramps everything up significantly with tongue-tingling lime-centred acidity.

STAR BUY 2014 Winemaker's Choice Chianti (PS4.75 at Asda) Increasingly, entry point chianti is throttling back on the customary weighty depth and chewy tannins. This great value illustration offers, instead, medium bodied, spicy, loganberry influences that merge agreeably into its classic dark colours, nutty influences, soft tannin levels and mildly acidic black cherry fruit.

For more reviews go to: www.midweekwines.

co.uk ? Brian Elliott is a writer and wine judge living in the Borders. Promotions can change at short notice, so shoppers should inquire if prices differ.

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