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The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca Valley

The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca Valley

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You’re never sure at this time of year whether summer is just toying with us.

Assuming it has arrived, here are three wines to have at the ready.

There’s always a bottle of dry sherry in my fridge. It’s the perfect aperitif and one of the best value wines in the world. Tesco Finest Manzanilla (Tesco £6 for 50cl) is made by one of the top producers, Barbadillo, for Tesco. It’s beautifully fresh, bone dry with that telltale salty background. Serve with roasted almonds or seafood. Delicious.

Is chenin blanc the new sauvignon blanc? If it is, Cleef’s Chenin Blanc 2014, Coastal Region (sawinesonline.co.uk £8.49) is the ideal summer white. It’s fresh, clean and un-oaked with citrus, peach and tropical fruits. Great with asparagus.

Top Tipple? The Co-operative’s Truly Irresistible Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca Valley (£7.99). Pinot Noir under £10 is not often pleasant, but this is an exception. Light and fruity, this is perfect for summer with a little subtle oak and soft tannins. Try lightly chilled with cold meats.

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