Favoured by sommeliers and connoisseurs, German riesling is a classic table wine.
It’ also a great workhorse for colourful menus thanks to its tingling acidity and beguiling flavours of apples, peaches and pear.
For an entry level medium style, try Simply Riesling 2011, Germany (£4.79, Tesco) from the sunny slopes of the Rheinhessen area. Served well chilled, this cheeky little number is smooth, sweet and sharp with honey giving way to flavours of tart citrus fruits - it’s excellent with a lightly spiced prawn stir-fry.
A little gem from the Pfalz region, which is renowned for its dry wines, is Peter & Peter Riesling 2011, Germany (£6.49, Tesco). Dry and clean with delicious peach and apricot flavours, counter balanced by good acidity, it tastes extremely pleasant with sushi and sashimi.
Dr Wagner’s sweet wines are aged in the biggest vaulted cellar in the Saar area of the Mosel Valley, and Dr Wagner Riesling 2011, Germany (£8.99, Waitrose) has a vibrant acidity that keeps it fresh, floral and citrusy without being too over the top. It’s ideal on its own, or with warm apple strudel and a dollop of fresh cream.