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Current white in the fridge: Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012, £9.99, Laithwaites
This bottle was a gift from Laithwaites, the wine sponsors of the Henley Literary Festival, and it's a while since I've had a smart bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Not because there aren't any - au contraire, there are lots - but there's also so much cheap NZ SB, it's sometimes hard to get past it. In fact, I tried an old favourite a few weeks ago, Jackson Estate, and vowed to return more often. This one is a gem - all gooseberry fruit with a nettle-fresh tang. Proper old skool Kiwi Sauvignon. Needed nothing more than chat and crisps.
Current red in the rack: Tesco Simply Cotes du Rhone, £16.99, Tesco
I know, it's a bag in box. But just imagine it was called cask wine - like it is in most other countries that sell them - and it sounds better, right? This one is properly, properly good stuff. And the real boon is that coming from a 3l box it will keep fresh for weeks and is less energy-hungry than the equivalent wine in a bottle (making and transporting glass produces more carbon than transporting wine in bulk and boxes). This is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah and for a box, it rocks. All juicy bramble fruits and spice.
Peace out, winos x