Alistair Gibson picks out a curiosity from the Tour de France

Josmeyer Pinot Blanc Mise au Printemps 2014, Alsace.
Josmeyer Pinot Blanc Mise au Printemps 2014, Alsace.
Peter Beech, Jennifer Beech, Philip Talbot and Ian Withall 
enjoy a drop of ale          Picture by Malcolm Wells (171013-5428)

From light ales to stout, there was something for everyone at Portsea Island Beer Festival

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The Tour de France is the world’s biggest annual sporting event yet the official tour wine is Cono Sur, from one of Chile’s best-known producers. They have even produced a bottle with a bicycle bell attached!

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir 2014, Central Valley (Co-op £5.99, Tesco £5) is simple with raspberries, cherries and a juicy finish. You can’t argue with the price. Try slightly chilled with a salad niçoise.

Chateau Moulin la Bergere 2012, Saint-George Saint-Émilion (Waitrose £13.99) is probably what you have in mind when it comes to the wine of Le Tour. This is modern, merlot-led claret with black fruits and spicy vanilla oak. Good to drink now and perfect with a leg of lamb.

Top Tipple? Josmeyer Pinot Blanc Mise au Printemps 2014, Alsace (£11.50 The Wine Society). The label on this gorgeous wine is reminiscent of a summer’s afternoon in the French countryside. Beautifully fresh with notes of green pear and citrus on the nose, followed by a textured palate with lemons and juicy acidity.