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Aromas of pebbles? Just put a cork in it.. DRINK.

Byline: with 0MAURICE FITZMAURICE

IRECKON Jilly Goolden's been doing a few back labels for Marksies wines. After sipping my way through a delightfully refreshing wee number from Spain's Rueda region, I decided to read the spiel on the bottle.

Asides the expected references to zingy fruits, there was a somewhat left-field expression of this wine's character as showing "tantalising of wet pebbles".

I've seen references to flintiness, slate and a few similar rockdescriptives, often when talking about BurgundChardonnay.

But wet pebbles! Now that's a new one.

However it is probably not much of departure nettles associated with Sauvignon Blanc or the red peppers in a Shiraz, the waft of petrol from Riesling.

There's a fair bit of subjectivity in the sniffing and slurping of wine but it's worthwhile surely to try and distinguish one from the other and see what you've spent your hard-earned cash on.

What you get from one wine or another may be different from another punter's perceived aromas of blue skies and sandy beaches but have a go.

As for Rueda, it is the home of the Verdejo grape which I have seen as described as Spain's answer to Sauvignon Blanc.

It's refreshing, it's crisp, it's a sum taste of summer. Verdejo is also aromatic and described as "arguably Spain's finest white grape variety" by the venerable Berry Bros and Rudd.

Mind you for being so respected a variety now, it was only "rediscovered" in the 1980s by the Rioja producer Marques de Riscal after centuries of relative obscurity.

Anyway, try one this weekend and no matter how annoying it is to everyone around you, slurp a little to see what distinguishes it from a New World Sauv Blanc.

Obviously look out for those wet pebbles.

WHITE

The Rueda with the wet pebbles is M&S's Nekora which is a nice, full-bodied, aromatic number well able for a tasty fish dish or a night's sipping on the patio. PS8. For a bargain, though, get Asda's Palacio de Vivero which is down to under a fiver at the minute.

RRED

If you fancy a red despite the heat, I had to lift a bottle while in Asda of their Extra Special Dao, a Portuguese gem with multiple awards for its spicy dark fruit and subtle oak. A fiver, yes a fiver!

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jul 30, 2016
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