Take a chance and enjoy a grape escape

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For adventurous wine lovers and armchair travellers, heading off the beaten track and picking up a label from less familiar places is a fresh way to enjoy a grape escape.

For a very pleasant, fruity white, try Paparuda Estate Selection Pinot Grigio, Romania (£5.95, www.tanners-wines.co.uk).

The winery takes its name from an ancient Romanian rain ritual, and this zingy Eastern European version can quench the strongest thirst.

It’s crisp and dry with brisk apple fruit flavours and a hint of pear drops on the finish.

Sainsbury’s House Pinot Noir, Romania (£4.79, Sainsbury’s) is flying off the shelves.

It’s smooth and simple with dark cherry fruit, raspberry flavours and a dash of sweet spice on the finish.

Bulgaria shows increasing quality with its cabernet sauvignon, and this southern Bulgarian belle is perfect with sausage and tomato casserole, and heavier autumnal dishes.

Try Sainsbury’s Bulgarian Cabernet Sauvignon, Bulgaria (£4.49, Sainsbury’s), which delivers a smooth, fruity palate with ripe blackcurrant fruit, a hint of tobacco and silky finish.