Georgie Hindle is the deputy online editor for decanter.com and each week she'll be giving us her top three wine recommendations for perfect weekend drinking.
Bellota Tempranillo 2011
Dinner parties are calling out for this full-flavoured and extremely good value Spanish red. It’s packed with succulent sun-ripened fruit flavours, with strong notes of cherries, raspberries and plums. It’s not too big or full-bodied and because its savoury it’ll go with a number of foods from cured meats and roasted vegetables to traditional Spanish or Mexican meals. A good, versatile wine at an affordable price.
Availability: Marks and Spencer
McGuigan Reserve Chardonnay
Whether you’re a Chardonnay fan or not it’s definitely worth buying this delicious, crisp and fresh white from South Australia. It’s full of tropical fruit flavours; lemon, lime and grapefruit as well as subtle touches of vanilla in there too. It’s refreshing and smooth yet also quite sophisticated – a great pairing for a variety of foods so a perfect choice for a dinner party. Try with smoked salmon, pesto and pasta or a creamy chicken dish.
Villa Jolanda Prosecco Extra Dry
If you’re looking for a nice, inexpensive sparkling wine to drink this weekend, this delicate and creamy Prosecco is a must-try. It’s a lighter alternative to Champagne with a soft grapefruit and citrus flavour and a clean, dry finish. It’s a great choice to have as an aperitif to start the evening off and is also the traditional base for bellinis if you’re in the mood for a cocktail.