SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW IN WHITES
Italyâ€™s Orvieto was one of the default whites before anyone heard of Pinot Grigio. Itâ€™s now on a revival curve and worth revisiting â€“ or discovering if youâ€™re on the young side. Ruffinoâ€™s wine combines tingling freshness, with pleasant fruitiness . . and great drinkability. The same pure, non-oaked flavours as Pinot Grigio but a shade prettier. Wonderful sipper.
RUFFINO 11 Orvieto, Umbria, Italy 31062 $ 10.95
When California and Australia created the Chardonnay craze in the nineties some traditional French wine houses decided to compete on price by setting up branch plants in parts of the country where the grape supply was plentiful and inexpensive. Mainly in the south. The Rothschilds (of Bordeaux) produce a ten-dollar Chardonnay thatâ€™s one of the best buys in our stores. Crafted in the non-oaked style itâ€™s a really good everyday white.
ROTHSCHILD 10 Chardonnay, VDP dâ€™Oc, France 407528 $10.95