If you wander down the supermarket wine aisles, most of the white wines on view will be made from a single grape, usually Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
There are few wines made from a blend of different grapes, which is a real shame because often by blending you can get a wine that adds up to more than the sum of its parts with extra complexity.
The Society’s Vin d’Alsace 2012, Hugel (The Wine Society £8.50) is made by Hugel, who have been producing wine since 1639. Most Alsace wines are single varietals but this is a blend of Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc and also includes a small portion of the four Alsace noble grape varieties.
It has a bouquet of spiced pears, honey and blossom and the plate is medium bodied with a dry, fruity finish – a perfect summer white wine.
From Sicily’s best-known producer this is a blend of the local Grencanico grape and Chardonnay. It is wonderfully fresh, clean, dry white wine with citrus fruit and pineapple. There is bright, zesty acdity making it a perfect accompaniment for Mediterranean style dishes – try it with crab linguine.
The Co-operative £9.99.