Win white wines to take away at a dinner party | Wine

youSurprisingly, my friends always expect me to bring a nice bottle of wine every time I come, but they don’t usually specify what color it should be. The other week, however, a pal pleaded plaintively: “Please could you bring some white – we always seem to run out of it.

It’s a situation I find myself in frequently too, especially at this time of year, when I’m not quite in full rosé mode, but I’m eating foods that are fresher and lighter than usual. barely a month ago. The trouble is, white wine is more marmite than red: people will tell you they hate chardonnay, are fed up with sauvignon blanc and/or find riesling too sweet – and , of course, that natural wines are too weird.

However, the grape varieties are not homogeneous. Your Chardonnay lover, for example, might like Chablis and your skeptical Sancerre Sauvignon (although they might not be able to afford it these days), while Riesling might be dry too. although sweet (and is especially good with spicier foods such as Thai).

Also, some whites are less divisive than others – I rarely meet anyone who doesn’t like albariño or picpoul, for example. And if you think pinot grigio is a bit of a cop-out, you’ll probably get away with a verdicchio dei castelli di Jesi (Morrisons has a decent one in its The Best range), and for the same price. Rueda, meanwhile, might seem cooler than Sauvignon Blanc to your hosts, but in fact its character isn’t all that different, and many bottles from the region include it: Rioja producer Beronia makes a voucher which is currently on offer at Waitrose for £6.99and it would work great with seasonal asparagus.

It’s also the perfect time of year for English white wines, which tend to be light and low in alcohol, making them ideal with young goat or sheep’s cheeses, leafy salads and herbs such than tarragon and chervil. And if you have wine-loving friends, you’ll get extra brownie points for bringing bottles containing more unusual varietals such as Sicilian. spoofing or from lesser-known wine-growing regions such as the Savoie white from today’s pickings, from the rare jacquere.

Also keep in mind that white wine is generally best drunk young – most cheaper wines are already from the 2021 vintage, although 2020s should still taste fresh, especially if bottled under cork notice. And remember that while they should be served cold, they shouldn’t be too cold or you’ll diminish the flavor.

Four fresh whites to offer to friends

Picpoul de Pinet Specially Selected 2021 €6.49, 12.5%. Picpoul’s price has skyrocketed lately, but this latest vintage from Aldi is a bargain.

Eidos by Padrinan Albarino Adega Dos Eidos 2020

Eidos of Padriñán Albariño 2020 £15.95 (or £13.95 on a mixed deal) Lea & Sandeman, 13%. Truly magnificent: crunchy, fresh and salty. Perfect for seafood.

Society's White English

The 2021 Society English White £8.50 The Wine Society, 12%. There’s no better time of year to drink English wine, and this is an exceptionally inexpensive example. Try it with a crab sandwich.

Domaine de L'Idylle Cruet Vieilles Vignes 2021 Savoie

Domaine de L’Idylle Cruet Old Vines 2021 £14.90 Yapp Brothers, 11.5%. A delicate and crisp alpine white from little-known Savoy. Would be perfect with oysters, or with cheese.

Shirley M. Pinder