Crisp fizz and Big Red is a classic combination for any meal.
Fizz always creates a sense of occasion and this Blanquette de Limoux is ripe enough to work with a starter.
Western Australia's Vasse Felix is a pioneer of elegant, complex, food-friendly, European style wines in a corner of Australia cooled by three oceans.
Tesco Finest 1531 Blanquette De Limoux (£9.50)
Blanquette de Limoux was first created in 1531 in Languedoc-Roussillon by Benedictine monks; Mauzac and Chenin grapes are blended and aged in bottle for 12 months to produce complex flavours of peach, green apples and a toasted brioche finish.
The Limoux Vineyard covers 2000 hectares and is located in the Pyrenean foothills 20km from Carcassonne.
12.5%, vegan, hand harvested grapes, aged for 12 months. Decanter Commended.
orchard fruits and toasty brioche; ripe white stone fruits, green apples and pears, citrus, florality and Brazil nut; fresh and savoury.
Serve as an aperitif, with as seafood starter or with light mains such as monkfish or plain roast white meats.
Vasse Felix Classic Shiraz (£12)
Shiraz (aka Syrah) with some Malbec in the blend; estate-grown fruit from Vasse Felix's four Margaret River vineyards, matured in barriques for 12 months imparting balance, complexity and softness,.
Each vineyard farmed sustainably using traditional and organic practices, nurturing the soils to achieve better plant health and balance resulting in higher-quality fruit.
Established in 1967 by regional Pioneer Dr Tom Cullity, Vasse Felix is Margaret River's founding wine estate. Since day one Vasse Felix has always strived to explore and express the very best of the Margaret River region and to share it globally.
damson, spice, florality and inky pencil shavings; sweet, ripe cassis, prunes and juicy black cherries with sweet vanilla spice, wild raspberry, loganberry, and white pepper; rounded and perfectly ripe tannins; fresh and savoury.
Match with roasted red meats, beefy pasta dishes, cold cuts or a plate of salami and cheese.