These multi-flavoured dips and salads are designed to be offered to guests as an opportunity to savour many different and individual flavours.
It therefore seems appropriate to recommend inexpensive, uncomplicated yet flavoursome wines, which can be enjoyed with ease while guests enjoy the chatter.
My favourites in this category are the ‘new wave’ white and rose styles from France. Here are a few of the best: Domaine du Biau, 1994, Vin de Pays Cotes de Gascogne. £3.69, Victoria Wine.
Janies Herrick Chardonnay, 1994,
Vin de Pays d’Oc. £4.99, Oddbins. Domaine de la Tuilerie Merlot Rose, 1994, Vin de Pays d’Oc. £3.99, Sainsbury.
Chateau de la Jaubertie Rose, 1994, Bergerac. £3.99, Thresher/ Wine Rack/Bottoms Up should have small, crunchy lumps. Add salt to taste. It should be slightly sweet, slightly sour and a little bit hot. Put in a shallow dish, smooth the surface, and dribble a little olive oil on top.