AS IF the wine world wasn't complicated enough, we still have the annoyance of multi-name grapes to put up with. Shiraz v Syrah is the obvious example but another regular bugbear of mine is the confusion that arises between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris. I mean, seriously, can the winemakers of the world not unite around a glass and choose a name?

The white name conundrum is particularly annoying, especially with the lovers of Pinot Gris who will often argue to the bitter end that there's more than a name difference: 'My Gris tastes totally different from that Italian Pinot you opened last week.'

Well, of course it does you plonker, it's from New Zealand.

While that may sound petulant, it isn't. Italian Pinot Grigio is usually harvested early which retains more of the acidity and the lively fruit, both of which are common wine traits whether red or white in the land of pasta.

The New World producers on the other hand have tended to mimic the pinots of Alsace with a more aromatic, drier and full on style which can often come across as spicy to many palates.

There's another interesting aspect to the grape, however, and one that will appeal to many. Even for a wine snob like myself, it performs reasonably well at the bargain basement and is rather spectacular around the £15 to £25 mark. So you really don't have to break the bank to feel like you're in Downton with this one.

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M&S Classics Pinot Grigio

Served lightly chilled, it's perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon with friends. Soft flowery aromas with hints of peach and lemon on the palate. Cracking value.

Marks&Spencer £7

Domaine de Coudoulet Pinot Gris

This is gorgeous. Fresh slightly racy flowery aroma with peaches and apricot fruits evident on a crisp refreshing palate. Enjoy with fish.

Oddbins £11.50

Gerard Richardson