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Zalze Sangiovese 2013, Coastal Region, South Africa
Zalze Sangiovese 2013, Coastal Region, South Africa
Howards' Way pub the  Jolly Sailor at Bursledon

FOOD REVIEW: The Jolly Sailor, Bursledon

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As I write it’s raining. However, we’ve been promised a heatwave, so it’s time to stock up on barbecue wine.

These days it seems you can cook anything on a barbecue, but remember it’s about fun and not getting too serious when it comes to wine.

La Grille Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Touraine (Co-op £6.49 until June 9,) is almost the essence of summer in the garden – fresh with notes of blackcurrant leaf and zesty citrus acidity. Sip while the coals are coming to temperature.

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2012, Barossa (Co-op £9.99 until June 9, Majestic £9.32 if you buy two) is a perennial BBQ favourite in my house. Made from old vine Grenache, it’s a big mouthful of plums, red berry fruits and savoury notes. Try with sticky ribs.

My top tipple this week is Zalze Sangiovese 2013, Coastal Region (Co-op £5.99 – not available in all stores). Italian grape varieties in South Africa are not very common but this works really well. It’s well-balanced with red fruits including cherry and cranberry, a little spice with just a little in the background. Great value and a good barbecue all-rounder especially with tomato-based dishes.