Head across the border for wines to savour

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You can pretty much bank on English wines to hit the spot.

A new collaboration with Asda sees the launch of Three Choirs Regalia 2011 (£7.30, Asda, in store May 28).

A deliciously light, fragrant white which shares the same fruity character as Annum, but with notes of elderflower, a touch of honeydew melon along with a zippy mouthfeel to lift it from an everyday drinker to a posh picnic pour.

One of the largest and best-known estates, Surrey-based Denbies has a bright white that’s a good choice with seafood and chicken. Try Finest Denbies Estate English White 2010 (£8.79, Tesco), a blend of ortega, reichensteiner and chardonnay.

It’s grassy with fresh, citrusy aromas and the crisp green apple flavours are balanced by vibrant acidity.

Denbies has also produced the first English wine for Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference range to coincide with this summer’s sizzling events.

Try TTD English Sparkling Brut 2007 (£19.99, Sainsbury’s) for a very appealing, straight-down-the-line sparkling wine with a lemony sherbet profile, without the heaviness of some French fizz.