Summer award-winning wines

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Pigeon with leeks and a seed and honey dressing

LAWRENCE MURPHY: Pigeon with leeks, seed and honey dressing

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This is the time of year when the results of major wine competitions, which take place in the UK earlier in the year, start to be announced.

One award that really does have the consumer in mind is the International Wine Challenge’s Supermarket Own Label Wine range of the Year award, which this year went to Tesco. Here are some recommendations from wines I’ve tasted recently.

Tesco’s Finest Picpoul de Pinet 2012, Languedoc (£5.99 on offer from £7.99) is almost like a southern French version of Muscadet. Made from a local grape, it has a great citrus twist. It would work with any simply-cooked fish or seafood.

Tesco Finest Swartland Pinotage 2012 (£5.99 on offer from £7.99) has smoky, raspberry fruits and is a great value spicy red to go with a barbie.

Tesco’s Finest Albarino 2011, Rias Baixas

This may well currently be the best value wine in the whole range. It is full of fresh, juicy, peachy fruits with a citrus twist.

There’s a lovely texture, and it’s simple but deliciously perfect summer drinking.

It just needs a plate of chilli prawns with

it.

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