BARON DE BADASSIÈRE PICPOUL DE PINET - £10.99
Picpoul de Pinet is having something of a moment right now, and it's easy to see why when you pick up a bottle. This wine is produced in the Languedoc, near the Etang du Thau which is famous for it's plump Mediterranean oysters. Jo worked a harvest at this lovely little co-operative winery alongside Kiwi winemakers Graeame Paul and Matt Thomson, and there's no better way to unwind after a long shift inoculating tanks (winemaking: not glamorous, folks!) than on the shore of the lake with a bottle of this absolute beaut. If you can't quite recreate that at home, no worries. A bottle of this saline, textured stunner will take you right there and is sure to perk up any spring evening.
KAIKEN CABERNET SAUVIGNON CLÁSICO - £10.49
The Montes family are one of Chile's pioneers, known for breaking into new regions and daring to go where others have not. Kaiken is their label from Argentina, named after the geese that fly between the two countries. Although Argentina is famous for its Malbec, there are many old vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon that now produce fabulous, concentrated fruit which can be got hold of at decent prices. The altitude of 950 metres brings cool temperatures, perfect for this late-ripening variety. This is pure Cabernet with cassis and herbal notes along with the lovely chalky tannins that characterise the variety.