TOP TIPPLE: Dr L Riesling 2010 (Sainsbury’s, £5.79)

Dr L Riesling 2010, �5.79, Sainsbury's.
Dr L Riesling 2010, �5.79, Sainsbury's.
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Riesling – the Lambrusco of the 1970s – is winning back its reputation as a serous wine varietal after decades of infamy as the only white wine you could get in the local Spar shop.

From Old World to New World, from sweet to dry, the distinctive, slim bottle shape signals a lower-than-average alcohol level, but with the power to partner spicy curries, stir-fries, seafood and sushi.

Cremant d'Alsace Riesling, �8.99, Tesco.

Cremant d'Alsace Riesling, �8.99, Tesco.

The wines of Germany’s Mosel Valley vary from sweet and floral with a honey edge, to bright with hints of peach and plum. This Dr L number (8.5%) in Sainsbury’s is beautifully balanced, off-dry with juicy acidity and a slight fizz.

Or there’s the slightly more expensive offering from Tesco Finest Cremant d’Alsace Riesling (£8.99). The Alsace wine route stretches along the hills on the west bank of the Rhine. For a fairweather sparkler, try this heady and full-bodied number with stone fruit flavours and a limey, crisp finish.