Here are three wines that offer something a little different.
Pinot Grigio is now beginning to spread its wings from its Italian base and, with a little southern hemisphere sunshine, does seem capable of making the occasional interesting wine.
Villa Maria Pinot Grigio 2011, East Coast (available from £9.49 Waitrose, the Co-op and Majestic £7.99 if you buy 2) is just such a wine, almost more Alsace than Italy. There’s ripe fruit, pear and melon and just a hint of spice.
Les Pins Couchés Rosé 2010, Jean-Luc Colombo (Ocado £19.49 for a 1.5-litre bottle) is everything great summer rosé should be – pale colour, strawberry fruit, dry finish and looks fabulous on the table in this size.
La Capra Pinotage 2010, Western Cape
Made by Fairview Estate, this is a fun wine with a great label. There are dark fruits, spices and a hint of smoky bacon and a little oak.