New world whites and reds to watch for

Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2014, Clare Valley
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2014, Clare Valley
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One of the joys of wine is its endless variation. Looking into my ‘crystal’ wine glass these are the wines and regions I will be thinking about this year.

English sparkling wine was the story of 2014 and they are beginning to make a real statement. From Hampshire look for Hambledon and Hattingley and farther afield Ridgeview and Gusbourne.

Spain is the place in Europe to go for value. Look beyond Rioja at regions such as Toro, Priorat and Rueda.

Chenin blanc and white blends from South Africa have some of the most exciting new world wines. Chenin blanc has so much more to offer than sauvignon blanc, from un-wooded crisp whites to thought- provoking wines to match with food.

There are fabulous examples of syrah coming out of Chile, Australia and South Africa. The emphasis is on elegance and purity of fruit and less new oak.

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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2014, Clare Valley, Australia

My new year resolution to myself is to drink more riesling and this Australian is a great place to start.

Lime and grapefruit on the nose, followed by almost electrifying zesty, acidity. Great value and a brilliant partner with seafood or Asian dishes.

Majestic £12.49 or two for £10.61.