Winemakers of the New World have become a powerhouse for fruity, easy drinking wines that can spruce up the most simple of dishes and enrich our favourite comfort foods.
After all, they hail from warm climate vineyards stretching from the Americas to Australasia. The lush reds will take the edge off the recent drop in temperature, while the pure whites will brighten up the dullest of days.
There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to South African wines and the Cape Winelands produce seriously refreshing blends such as Curators Choice White 2014, South Africa (£7.99, The Co-Operative) at terrific prices. Chenin blanc dominant with chardonnay and a splash of semillion, aromas of stone fruits and citrus peel are complemented by a ripe, lively palate and crisp acidity.
Chardonnay has proven to be a real hero grape for Argentina when it’s grown at high altitude and Fincas del Sur Chardonnay 2013, Mendoza, Argentina (£12.99, www.virginwines.co.uk) is made from grapes sourced from the Uco Valley at the foothills of the Andes. Simply delicious, the wine spends six months in oak and boasts white tropical fruit, honeysuckle and vanilla notes coupled with a rich, complex mouthfeel.
Incredibly food-friendly and a wine for all seasons, the bright acidity, tangy, citrus notes and herbaceous flavours of a New Zealand sauvignon blanc make it a great choice with oysters or mussels and clams in a seafood linguine. Try Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand (£9.99, Majestic), which is crisp and refreshing with a delicate elderflower nose and zesty notes of citrus fruits.