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WINE TASTING.

Powerful wines go well with food but taste too strong for a casual tipple. So go for ones with lower-alcohol content.

A fresh, soft and pleasantly fruity dry white from Italy. Sainsbury's Bianco Provincia di Verona is just 10.5 per cent alcohol by volume (so you won't keel over after two glasses) - and, even better, pounds 2.99 a bottle. Great for a party, picnic or with salads and chicken, this is a breath of fresh, spring air.

Another bargain, this time from Chile, is Santa Carolina 1997 White Wine at Oddbins. This crisp, dry, slightly lemony blend goes well with pork and chicken. Like most Chilean wines it has crept up in price, but this is still good value at pounds 3.25.

You can still find a worthwhile Chilean wine for under pounds 3. Co- op's red wine of the month is the versatile, smooth, rounded Long Slim Cabernet Merlot 1997 (70p off at pounds 2.99), combining ripe blackcurrant fruit with enough bite to match meat and cheese dishes.

BEER OF THE WEEK

Bombardier Premium Bitter (Waitrose, Sainsbury's and elsewhere, pounds 1.49, 500ml, 4.3 per cent alcohol). This comes from the family-run Charles Wells Brewery in Bedford. A refreshing, full-bodied brew, it has a strong bitter finish. After one, you'll want another.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Curran, Tim
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 4, 1998
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