2018 Torres Viña Sol, 11.5%vol.
The Torres family has been making first rate wine in Spain since 1870. This, their entry level white, made in Penedès from Parellada, is crisp, clean and fresh, simple and undemanding and is about as reliable a bottle as you’ll find. I always have a few bottles tucked away especially at this time of year when it’s ideal impromptu picnic fare.
Waitrose, £6.49 until 10 September
2018 Les Jamelles ‘Réserve Personelle’ Pinot Gris, 13%vol.
Pinot Gris is some distance from its spiritual home of Alsace down here in the Languedoc, but blow me, this is a little cracker. Soft, peachy and creamy, with a nice touch of citrus and even a whisper of spice.
Majestic, £8.99 down from £11.99 if you mix 6
2017 Basalte du Coiron Syrah, 13%vol.
From the Coteaux de l’Ardèche, a wine of quite some style considering its modest price. Produced by the excellent Vignerons Ardéchois Cave Co-opérative, a coalition of some 2,000 winegrowers, it’s a limited release cuvée produced from Syrah grown in the basalt foothills of the Coiron Mountains. Warm, ripe and spicy, it’s soft and welcoming and ideal with grilled meats.
Yapp Bros, £11.95