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Dedicated readers will have realised by now that we have switched the column to a fortnightly rota. So as to work up a thirst, you understand!

And if there are wines that you have bought locally in-between time, that you rate, why not drop me a line at http://www.sussexwinelist.co.uk

Now I promised to keep Bexhill readers in mind, and throw in a recommendation from Ravenside every so often…

Well we went there today to find some teething granules for the youngest, and I took the opportunity to slope off and check out what little gems Tesco might have on offer.

For those of you with expensive tastes, I heard over the tannoy that they are selling Dom Perignon champagne at half price.

But I digress. What I found up high on the shelves was an uninspiring looking label, but a real treat for white wine lovers.

Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia, is famous for its Semillon wines. The grape is a favourite of mine, and makes up one half of the traditional White Bordeaux blend.

This 2010 Denman Vineyard Semillon (selected by Tesco) was a lovely medium lemon colour with an interesting first set of aromas – marmalade, apples and more exotic fruit. After a swirl in the glass they were fresher and crisper, giving a whiff of lemon sherbet.

Dry and full bodied on the palate, it had the most detailed flavours of ripe lemons – from the rind, through the flesh, to the lemonade that it might make for a hot summer’s day.

It will keep and develop in bottle if you can stop yourself from drinking it now. And will be a very good partner to a meaty fish, or a Thai supper. Down £2 to £7.99, it is on offer until 6 September.

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Ian Jarman at Cooden Cellars is welcoming Australian winemakers Zar and Elena Brooks to his wine outlet just off The Ridge in St Leonard’s early in September.

Apparently there are a limited number of tickets for this tutored wine-tasting.  James Halliday of Australian Wine Companion seems to rate this new venture highly.

For those of you that are interested in learning more about Australian wines, this could be too good an opportunity to miss!

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