Two wines tonight. Both reatively cheap, and both pretty good. Much better than you'd expect for the money, anyway. Fancy a racy white wine with real personality, and more freshness than the alpine air? Try the Nepenthe Tryst 2004, a racy blend of Semillon, Sauvignon and Pinot Gris from the Adelaide Hills. It's big on grapefruit, but there's some lemon and a bit of savoury, slightly bitter pithy character. Get a load of that perfume, though. Yours for £6.99, Asda, Oddbins, Somerfield. Sealed with a tin-lined screwcap (for closure buffs); nice label. Slightly cheaper, and redder, is the Paul Mas Marselan 2004 Vin de Pays de l'Herault: I'm getting spicy dark fruits, I'm getting good concentration, I'm getting a subtle chalky, minerally edge. I'm also getting a soupcon of green herbal character in the background, but heck, this is a heck of a wine for £5, and this is the sort of greenness that works quite well. Best of all, it doesn't taste fake, or sweet, or manufactured. £4.99 from Waitrose, sealed with a nomocorc, rubbish label. In case you asked, Marselan is a grape variety that is a cross of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both wines are recommended.
By the way, have you bought your Cano yet? More than 1 million Sunday Express readers will hear about this on Sunday, so beat the rush. My sub at the Express has even bought 18 bottles! And I've just spotted another fantastic deal there - the very respectable Collines de Paradise Minervois 2004 at half price.