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I have been beguiled by the Co-op’s Fairtrade selection again.

This time I was in the Bohemia Road store, but I am pretty sure the Ore Village, Central St Leonard’s and Silverhill ones will have it too…

Over the last year or so I have been trying to broaden my experience of white wine grapes. And one of my favourite new finds has been the Torrentés grape from Argentina.

The Co-op’s own Fairtrade Torrentés Chardonnay blend (2011 vintage) has been made from grapes grown in the La Rioja valley, which as I am sure you know nestles between the Velazco mountain range in the East and the Andes in the West.

This is a solidly lemon colour in the glass with white grapefruit and minerals on the first nose – like a wintry sea breeze. After a swirl , the aromas are more of white spring flowers.

Dry and with high acidity – it really got my saliva glands working – the alcohol is not too fierce in the throat and it has a lovely silky body which at £4.99 is pretty darn impressive.

Flavours of green apple and a herby, lightly fennel-y twist make this possibly the best value white wine I have tasted for a good while.

Not that I have them much, and with Valentine’s Day a fading memory, this would have gone beautifully with fresh oysters. A trip to Rock-a-Nore beckons…

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Lidl on Bohemia Road’s turn this week for a rummage through its wine section.

The best variety and quality was, to my mind, among the Spanish wines available. There was an interesting young Rioja (Joven) at £3.99 and a weightier looking wine from Tarragona, but I opted to try the Barceliño 2009 from Catalunya at just shy of a fiver.

This wine is produced 40 miles south of Barcelona and is a typical blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha (or Grenache to you French-speakers).

Ruby red in colour, the first aromas were floral and light – red fruits definitely to the fore: cherries, and the waxy skin of a red apple.

But as the wine swirled in the glass there were more strawberry jam notes. Very perfumed, it was evocative of some of the Northern Rhone blends, of Syrah and Viognier, but was much less dry on the palate.

The oak barriques that the wine is aged in for three months have left their mark. There is a certain smokiness, and soft vanilla flavours in the mouth. Plums, leather, this is an interesting wine that is comfortable being paired with spicier food: we had ours with a home-made Thai noodle soup.

The length of the aftertaste was what was particularly impressive for me, given the price. A smooth, tobacco-ey taste which was lovely to savour. I’m glad I popped in!

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