Here are some white wine varieties worth trying this summer

REPOST: The Yorkshire Post, By Christine Austin, Monday, 1st June 2020

While most of us love the crisp, thirst-quenching flavours of Sauvignon Blanc, especially on a warm sunny day, there comes a time when the taste buds need a rest from those vibrant, zesty flavours.

There are hundreds of alternative grape varieties that will provide the same kind of refreshment. Here are a few ideas.


Easy to say and definitely easy to drink, Albariño is a light, refreshing, white peach and apricot-edged wine that is soft enough to drink on its own or can easily accompany fish, shellfish, salads and, at a push, chicken and vegetarian dishes.
Originally from the wet and breezy top left-hand corner of Spain known as Rías Baixas, it is grown on pergolas to catch the breeze and resist disease.

The posts holding up these pergola

wires are made of local granite and they glint in the sunlight and absorb the daytime heat. Other regions around the world are starting to grow Albariño, with New Zealand, South Africa and California making the most progress.

Viña Taboexa 2018, Rías Baixas, £8.79, Waitrose: Soft, aromatic peachy aromas lead into tangerine-zest and lime flavours.

Left Field Albariño 2019, Gisborne, New Zealand, York Wines, £13.75: New Zealand has embraced Albariño with enthusiasm and is making some serious wines. With slightly riper flavours, positive peach notes, melon and lime freshness, this is well worth seeking out.