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Four whites for the Bank Holiday that won’t break the bank. All at different, user friendly, price points – delivering a world of difference from the stuff your friends normally pour. Two Gruner Veltliners from Austria – one from the Wachau (where the best examples originate) – Domaine Wachau, 2012, 13% abv ( £10.44 from Waitrose) and Salomon Groovy, 2011, 12.5 abv, (£9.75 from Oddbins). Both are packed with apricot fruit of good intensity, full of substance on the mid-palate and balanced with a zippy citric acidity on the finish.

The Vinho Verde, Quinta De Azaveda 2012, (£7.83, Waitrose) – is a grapey little Portuguese gem, packed with lime zest, firm, crunchy appley fruit, with great balancing acidity and at a mere 11% abv you can “drink on through” – always a good option if you are spending the weekend with family or friends!

Finally the Moncaro Verdicchio Classico, 2012, 12.5% abv,  is one my staples. Citrus fruits with an almondy nuttiness and vibrant acidity comes in at a friendly £5.85 from Waitrose.

Excuse the quality of the photographs, but these are live selections – as you can see from my flip flop in the Verdicchio shot!

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