Wines to recharge your palate

Cotes du Rhone 'La Redonne' 2011, Jean-Luc Colombo

Cotes du Rhone 'La Redonne' 2011, Jean-Luc Colombo

The Lightship, Haslar Marina, Gosport

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There are so many white grape varieties out there, but we generally only just scratch the surface.

Here are two white wines this week to recharge your palate.

Riesling is a much misunderstood grape, but it is gaining some momentum again, thanks largely to the dry, fuller wines made in Australia.

If you can’t quite take the jump to a German Riesling, try Alsace. Riesling ‘Grafenreben’ 2010, Cave de Beblenheim (Waitrose £9.99) is a great introduction to the style with a citrus floral nose, followed by a zesty lime-influenced palate.

It would work really well with shellfish or even slow-roasted pork. Moving further south in Eastern France, I have always thought the white wines of the Rhone valley have been overlooked for far too long.

TOP TIPPLE: Cotes du Rhone ‘La Redonne’ 2011, Jean-Luc Colombo

A blend of Viognier and Roussanne from one of the Rhone’s most imaginative winemakers, this has a wonderful floral nose with hints of apricot and honeysuckle. The palate has a ripe texture with hazelnuts and more apricot flavours, before a very long, fresh finish. It would be great with fresh summer salads. Waitrose, £12.99

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