(2022) From 25-year-old vines on clay and limestone soils, this is a powerful rendition of Sancerre at 14% abv. That fat and generosity is apparent, the nose full of a confit lemon fruitiness, hints of peach and a leafy green herb aspect, but it has definition too. The palate has so much ripeness that it tastes a little sweet, and that butts agains the acidity somewhat. There's no faulting the plump and approachable charm of the wine, but not sure it is my favourite Sancerre style.
(2022) The giant French company behind this product (which I believe is made in Spain) failed to have 'Nosecco' accepted as a brand name, but the intention is surely obvious. It's an alcohol free fizz, or as the label so appealingly puts it, an 'aerated flavoured drink based on de-alcoholised wine'. I have no idea what grapes are used, but that really is unimportant in a product like this, a neutral base sparged with CO2 and flavoured with who knows what. It smells floral and herbal, reminding me of other alcohol free wines flavoured with elderflower and green tea for example, and the considerable sweetness - which I think might be as high as 50g/l of residual sugar - offset by decent levels of acidity to leave it refreshing enough. So why is a serious wine site recommending this? Well it's the start of 'Sober October' for some people looking to have a month without alcohol, and as long as you don't take it - or yourself - too seriously, it does its job well enough at a giveaway price - as low as £2.50 occasionally. Very widely available. Watch the video for more information.
(2022) From vineyards across the Languedoc, this is mostly Grenache and Syrah, with a little Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Pale salmon pink, it's bubblegum fresh with raspberry and cherry, a hint of sweetness on the palate, but the acid does balance into the finish. On offer at £7 until 17th July 2022, and also available in 187.5cl bottles, priced £2.25.
(2021) Widely available in UK supermarkets, convenience stores and on Amazon, when I accepted this sample I did not realise it is a rebranded version of the drink formerly known as The Bees Knees, and already reviewed a couple of years ago. It is a zero alcohol sparkling alternative to wine made from grape must with the addition of green tea. It acheives a little bit of strawberry pulp fruitiness, nicely cut by the herby and earthy undertone of the tea, to leave this off-dry but crisp and refreshing.
(2021) From Prosecco brand La Gioiosa, this is a zero alcohol, vegan drink made from grape must. The sparkle is added via an injection of carbon dioxide. The grape variety is not stated, but I'd be pretty sure it is Glera, the grape of Prosecco. The sparkle is very gentle, more frizzante than spumante, and aroma and flavour are both of pleasant fresh pears with some flattering sweetness in the finish. There's no mistaking this for wine, but it slips down easily as an alcohol-free alternative.
(2020) Always a value for money favourite, the recipe for this entry-level Viognier in the Yalumba portfolio still involves 100% wild yeast fermentation, three months of lees ageing, but not oak. Very aromatic and pure, it has a  lovely soft downy peach and floral character, fresh but soft and summery. In the mouth there's just a hint of that nice phenolic grip, a tang of citrussy, orangy acidity and a fresh but easy-drinking finish. A lot of wine for the money really.
(2020) Traditional Marlborough style, made predominantly with Wairau fruit including fruit from the Dillons Point vineyard with heavy soils that give tropical fruit. A touch of gooseberry and more herbaceous character, but majors on the peach and nectarine fruit, a nice balance of sweetness and fresh limey acidity, a successful commercial style for the biggest selling NZ wine in Australia.
(2020) Simple compared to the older wines of course, but developing the nutty and toffee character over the still vibrant fruit. Really very elegant, relatively light, and delicious. Regular price is round £22, but stocked by several supermarkets so look out for a deal.
(2018) The rosé version of the Bees Knees is made to the same formula of grape must with the addition of green tea, and is very similar, acheiving a little bit of strawberry pulp fruitiness, again nicely cut by the herby and earthy undertone of the tea, to leave this medium-sweet but crisp and refreshing.
(2018) A sparkling drink, like the duo from Eisberg, made in Germany, in this case from grape must infused with green tea. The result is actually very quaffable, frothy and bright aromas and flavours, plenty of sweetness, but the green tea just giving an earthy, herby, slightly umami character to sit beneath the froth and sweetness into a nice balanced, fresh finish. A good alternative to a light sparkling wine for the driver or tee-totaller.