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Byline: WITH JANE CLARE

DON'T need an excuse to try a German wine, but I'm giving myself two reasons. The team from Wines of Germany (it promotes wines from Germany) has had a busy few weeks.

IThe winners of its top 50 German wines competition have been announced and this week sees the start of its annual 31 Days of German riesling campaign to encourage us all to give German riesling a high-five.

So here are some German wine choices...

TWO TOP 50 GERMAN WINES FOR UNDER PS6 THESE both come from the Co-op and the first, Kleine Kapelle Pinot Grigio 2015, right, (12.5% abv, PS5.79) was described by judges as "well made and excellent value". It is indeed. A wine which fairly pops in the mouth with tropical fruit, but has clean lines, is upright, balanced and elegant.

Devil's Rock Riesling 2015 (12.5% abv, PS5.99) tangs with a bite of apple and flickers with a fleck of herb. Zesty grapefruit and lime are here too which together makes for a perfect glass of zingy wine. I'd cooked Thai-style minced pork and this wine was ideal alongside.

TWO GERMAN RIESLINGS; ONE WITH FIZZ, ONE WITH WHIZZ LET'S start with whizz. Or should that be woosh. Peter & Ulrich Dry Riesling (12% abv, PS11.99 or PS9.99 if you buy six at Majestic) is a bone dry wine with aromas of apple and peach; and then on the palate flavours of peach, apple and apricot giddy along to water your mouth, finishing off with a slight minerality. Moreish.

Dr Loosen Extra Dry Riesling Sekt (12.5% abv, RRP PS16.99 from various retailers including thesecretcellar.co.uk and southdownscellars.co.uk) is a German sparkling wine. Elderflower aromas fluttered from the glass, together with fresh green apples, herbs and hedgerows. So much in a nose! Then to taste, flavours of crisp apples played happily in a clean refreshing, satisfying fizz.

Read more about the Top 50 German wines at winesofgermany.co.uk/top-50. To find out if a restaurant or wine merchant near you is holding 31 days events click on www.31daysofgermanriesling.co.uk Follow @WinesofGermany on Twitter.

| ALSO IN MY GLASS You can't beat a pink on a sunny afternoon. Here are two French lovelies at fromvineyardsdirect.com Chateau de Fayolle Rose 2015, pictured, (13.5% abv PS9.45) is a rose from the border of Bordeaux and Bergerac - but there's nothing borderline about this delightful pink which is a blend of cabernet franc and merlot. It's a pink with a dry minerality softened by yummy red berries and and a mouth-watering acidity. Elegant and subtle with a little kick to catch you by surprise.

La Petite Source Rose 2015 (12.5% abv PS7.95) was perfectly chilled when I tried it, which made me perfectly chilled too. It is a blend of grenache and cinsault from Pays D'Oc and is a pretty pale pink with aromas of rosehip, juicy melon and strawberries.

Those fruits mingle as flavours together with a subtle touch of spice as a finishing touch on the roof of the mouth. It refreshed and revived; and by heck I needed it.

| You contact me at jane@onefootinthegrapes.co.uk

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