Current white in the fridge: Tesco Finest Chateau Palatio Muscadet Sur Lie 2013, £7.69, Tesco
Muscadet might have been around for a while, but like ugly shoes, the wines are suddenly looking really attractive again. Naturally lower in alcohol (this one's just 12%), it comes from the Loire region in northwest France. Made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, the 'sur lie' bit means that the wine spends a bit of time ageing on its lees (that's the post-fermentation yeasts). This gives it more flavour as well as a very slight spritz in some wines. Actually, the citrus and apple flavours are pretty subtle but that's what makes it work so well when you just want something light, refreshing and needing nothing more than a bowl of salty crisps.
Current red in the rack: Chateau Gillet 2012, £6.99, M&S
Bordeaux is a vast area of vineyards, making as much wine as the whole of Australia. But you have to forage to find the good stuff. This one's a classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but the fact that it's got more Merlot than Cabernet explains it's softness. It comes from the Entre-Deux-Mers region between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne, where the wines tend to be lighter in style than the bruisers from the big name Bordeaux regions. Still, there's lovely black fruits and pepperiness to make it Bordeaux enough for me. Smart looking label, too. Always good.
Peace out, winos x