It’s almost the middle of January and your determination to detox is beginning to dwindle. You don’t want to ruin the weeks of healthy living, but you are longing for a bit of zest to energize your life.
Why not try a less alcoholic wine? They offer plenty of taste, with less of the toxins.
Or if weight is what you are worried about, then go for one with low sugar.
However, if it’s your pocket that’s been pinched, then pick up these wines that are great value.
Stevens Garnier offers a wine from Portugal that ticks all the boxes. Quinta de Azevedo is a single estate Vinho Verde.
According to Stevens Garnier’s Oxford sales manager, Ben Smith, it is “bone-dry and completely unoaked, it has crisp, zesty acidity, crunchy green apple fruit, only 11.5 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume), and a little spritz of CO2 to accentuate its freshness.”
You can buy it direct in Botley, or from Waitrose, Majestic and the Wine Society. At £6.99, this lower-alcohol, lower-sugar, wine is my first pick.
If you are going out, then Summertown Wine Café has a Dr Loosen ‘Blue Slate’ Riesling 2010 this month for £4.90 a glass (125ml). It is nine per cent ABV which means that one glass will be just a little over one unit of alcohol (1.125 to be exact.) This wine is full of fruit. It is off-dry, but the acidity cuts through the sweetness, providing a pleasant, even citrus flavour.
For staying in, pick up a bottle of Leitz Rudesheimer Riesling Kabinett from the Oxford Wine Company for £13.99. This is a complex wine, with mineral and apple flavours.
It is an off-dry from Rheingau and has a slight bit of effervescence for a festive feel, even though it is nine-and-a-half per cent ABV. For the calorie conscious, think dry white wine at no more than 12 per cent ABV. A 125ml glass has 96 calories, 37 calories less than a half pint of apple juice.
For bubbles, try a Brightwell Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay (£17.50 from the Vineyard near Wallingford); a super-dry, sparkler made with the Champagne grapes in the traditional method, but with lower sugar. Bob Nielsen, of Brightwell Vineyard, adds: “English wines — healthier than the over-sugared imports!”
Get 10 per cent (that is five per cent more than their normal case discounts) off a 12-bottle case from the Oxford Wine Company’s Rio Alto Range. Former Mouton Rothschild worker Horacio Vicente makes it, so you know the wines will be Bordeaux–esque. It is a bargain for £6.30-£6.99 a bottle.