Emsworth wine expert Alistair Gibson walks on wine’s wild side

  • Alistair Gibson is proprietor of Hermitage Cellars, Emsworth. Call (01243) 431002.
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It never ceases to amaze me how much choice there is on our wine shelves. However many of us stick to what we know and don’t branch out.

Picpoul de Pinet 2014, Domaine Felines Jourdan (£7.50, thewinesociety.com) is a good place to start. Dry with citrus notes, try this with dressed crab.

Pecorino 2014, Terre di Chieti (Waitrose, £5.99) is a little-known Italian grape variety, that confusingly also shares its name with the cheese. Very fresh with citrus and crisp acidity, this is an easy partner to seafood.

Top Tipple this week is Porcupine Ridge Viognier Grenache Blanc 2014, Western Cape (Majestic, £9.99). On a recent trip to South Africa, I visited Boekenhoutskloof Estate which makes this wine. This unusual blend of spice, peaches, citrus and floral notes with a silky palate is great with Thai green curry.