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Holiday spirit!

Chill out in the sun

When in Rome Grillo 2.25l Bag in Box, Sicily, £24.99, Waitrose

The newest box from When In Rome is made from the indigenous Sicilian grape, Grillo. Think smoked almonds, stewed peaches and a suggestion of star anise.

Abellio Albariño, Spain, £5.99, Lidl

With a barely-there price tag and lashings of apricot notes, it may lack the cheeky saltiness of northern Spain’s finest Albariños, but it nails the brief nonetheless.

Supersized sipping

Lordson Dry Gin 3-litre Bag in Box, France, £56,

A jumbo gin box is the stuff of dreams, the perfect partner for bank holiday shindigs. This has a simple, aromatic style, not for swirling or savouring, but just the job in bowls of punch or no-frills G&T’s. The bang for buck here is mind-blowing, working out at around £13 a 70cl bottle equivalent. You’ll have people queuing around the block to ask where you bought it, so don’t expect it to fly under the radar.

All day long

Beavertown Neck Oil Session IPA, 4.3%, £2.20, Waitrose

If you’re a fan of salted popcorn and peach notes then this is for you. A lower alcohol content than most IPAs gives this a more laid-back quality.

Sumika Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa, 8.5%, £7.50, M&S

A palatable, lower-alcohol wine is tricky to find — they’re either short and sweet or woefully light on flavour. This one bucks that trend, and with just 50 calories per 100ml.

Wet weekend

Purato Nero D’Avola, Sicily, £9.99,

With strong eco-credentials, there’s a purity to the smoky plum notes produced from Sicily’s flagship red grape, Nero D’Avola. With boatloads of red fruit and a silky texture, fans of Malbec should investigate pronto.

Cru des Côtes du Rhône Vinsobres, France, £7.99, Lidl

From the reliable Cellier des Dauphins brand comes a classic expression of a Côtes du Rhône. A step up in quality from the standard stuff, with spiced cherry notes and a great price.


Deluxe Negroni, £9.99, Lidl

When you’re not ready to call it a night, sometimes only a Negroni will do. Lidl’s ready-mixed Deluxe Negroni is the real deal, with the classic bitter-sweet gin, Campari and sweet vermouth blend delivering that satisfying internal glow.