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Wines of the week.

Byline: Tim Curran

The Met office is forecasting a barbecue summer so, for the sunny days ahead, here are some wines to enjoy at an alfresco party, picnic or while just sitting out in the garden..

Good barbecue reds have ripe, juicy fruit, such as merlot from Oz, carmenere from Chile, malbec from Argentina and pinotage from South Africa.

Sainsbury's has Wolf Blass Eaglehawk Shiraz (pounds 2.24 off at pounds 4.45 until June 2), a slightly peppery Oz red good with steak. (****) Asda Extra Special Pinotage (Asda, pounds 5.98) is full bodied, rich and powerful and goes well with ribs, (****), while juicy Asda Argentinian Malbec Reserve (pounds 4.24) is a natural for a summer party. (***) Whites should be fresh and lively. Tesco Finest Fiano 2008 (Tesco, pounds 4.49) is a crisp, aromatic Sicilian white (****). From South Africa, Nederburg Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Morrisons, pounds 1.50 off at pounds 4.70 until May 24) has refreshing grassy and gooseberry aromas and flavours which makes it a match for seafood. (****) If you're a chardonnay fan, Le Froglet Chardonnay 2008 (Marks & Spencer, pounds 1 off at pounds 3.99 until June 7) is rich and buttery with exotic fruit. Good with barbecued chicken and spicy fish.

(***) Le Froglet Shiraz 2007 is on the same deal - a smooth, oaked French red, blending shiraz and grenache, to enjoy with grilled meats. (***)

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