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Freixenet Cava, Majestic, pounds 8.99. What! For a Cava? Yes, and worth it. This '97 vintage Spanish bubbly is 'zero dosage' - no sugar in the yeasty dose to give bottle fermentation. Elegant and bone dry, with fruity body, it knocks many champagnes for six.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Spar, pounds 3.89. So juicy and fruity you'll go "oohh" when you slurp. But this Italian's cherry stone smack and lively acidity makes it much more than alcoholic summery fruit punch. It's a ripe wee lovely that lingers on.

Marques de Chive, Tesco, pounds 4.49. From the wonderfully named Utiel Requena region on the east of Spain, it has rich, strawberry/raspberry jamminess and soft tannins from a spell in oak. Dry as a bone, great value food wine with a wee bit of weight.

Chateau Ollieux-Romanis, Oddbins, pounds 6.99. This French red from the rolling Corbieres hills is from hand-picked grapes off old vines. A typical regional mix of characterful fruit, it's unfiltered and unoaked to let its rich structure shine through.WINE OF


Viognier, Safeway, pounds 3.99. The neighbour's taste buds pricked up ... "Mmmm, what's this? It's lovely." She was spot on - and the increasingly popular viognier grape marches on. Forget chardonnay, be seduced by the ripe apricot fruit charms of this bargain French belter.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Walls, Trevor
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 2, 2000
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