3 for the weekend
b&g pinot noir 2008, vdp de l'ile de beauté, france, €8.99, Tesco. An honest, affordable Corsican Pinot Noir showing the variety's typical light colour and soft strawberry fruit. Light the season's first barbecue and sip this with the chicken or salmon.
- chat-en-oeuf 2008, côtes du ventoux rouge, €8 (reduced from €11.99), Superquinn. A pun on more famously named and expensive Châteauneuf-du-pape means the label has a cat sitting on an egg. It would all be a bit silly if the wine weren't so gluggable. Oh and the RSPCA gets a donation for each one sold.
- torrelongares rosado 2008, aragon, spain, €6.99 (or €12 for 2), Dunnes. If the sunshine persists and you want to switch to something lighter than your usual red, this bargain Garnacha- or Grenache-based dry rosé could be just the drop. Like most rosé, it goes with pretty much whatever you're eating.