Searching for the perfect Pinot Grigio

It’s OK, you can admit it. We’re all friends here. You don’t like Pinot Grigio, do you? To say so out loud feels a bit snobby, almost... grapist. But it seems even people who buy it aren’t that keen. Here are some typical quotes from a selection of casual drinkers I surveyed recently: “I only buy it in a restaurant when everything else is really expensive and the person I am with doesn't like…

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Saint Mont: Weird and wonderful

The vines behind the monastery at St Mont Some wine regions make it easy for us, planting recognisable varieties such as Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Others, such as Saint Mont, are wilfully obscure. Glass of Arufiac, anyone? The Saint Mont area takes its name from a tiny village in the foothills of the Pyrenees, one of a number that make up the broader appellation. With just 300…

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