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A Statista survey found that the global wine market was worth 340.8bn US dollars in 2022. Credit: Kelsey Knight

Not that anyone is looking for an excuse to drink, but it sure makes the activity more enjoyable when there is a national day to mark it. Katie Mortimer rounds up the five most palatable wines for your Thursday evening. 

Orange Natural Wine 2021

Orange wine has taken to social media in full force in recent years. Thanks to its mixed heritage, orange wine can be paired with various foods, making it the most versatile of today’s recommendations. 

Priced at £10.99 a bottle, Orange Natural Wine is one of the more expensive options but offers plenty of textures and a range of floral aromas. This Romanian entry blends Pinot Noire, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, curating a dry, nutty taste to satisfy the palate.

Ripe pear and candied apricot provide the consumer with citrus notes, making a perfect addition to a fish, cheese or grilled meat dinner. 

De Bortoli The Very Cautious One Shiraz 0%

GenZ are choosing sobriety more and more. The recent NHS statistic for 2021 showed that 38% of 16 to 24-year-olds don’t drink or hadn’t had alcohol in the last 12 months, having doubled over the previous ten years. 

The De Bortoli Shiraz hails from an Australian Grape and Winery. Although Shiraz is typically made from the Syrah grape, The Very Cautious One combines a plush, ripe berry fruit and vanillin oak. 

The premium crafted and low-calorie beverage can be purchased at £6 a bottle. 

Most Wanted Shiraz

This medium-bodied red from South Eastern Australia combines red berries, dark fruits and a hint of spice. With an ABV percentage of 13.5, this fermented red pairs well with roast lamb, beef casserole or hearty pasta dishes. 

With Syrah grapes harvested in March and fermented in stainless steel tanks over 10 – 14 days, the wine is aged with French oak chips to provide a flavour bomb of intense, jammy fruit. 

Priced at £5.5 a bottle, Most Wanted Shiraz provides a cheap and cheerful addition to your evening wind-down. 

Piquepoul rosé foncalieu 2021, Languedoc

With Summer fast approaching, the pale pink wine, best known for its sweet taste, offers a crisp and pleasant accompaniment to warmer summer evenings. 

Hailing from the Languedoc-Roussillon area of southern France, this rosé is made from Piquepoul noir grapes recently rediscovered by wine drinkers looking for a refreshing white wine. 

As well as the aesthetically pleasing design of the bottle, Piquepoul rosé proffers a delicate nose of cherry blossom, strawberries and peaches.

Consumers can purchase the fruity drink at £13.33 a bottle. 

Bienbebido Pulpo Albariño 2021-22, Spain

While not necessarily the perfect season for white wine, we can’t forget the yellow-golds ideal pairing with lighter meals. 

Bienbebido Pulpo Albariño provides apple, citrus and stone-fruit flavours that pair exceptionally well with seafood paella – what more could you want in the glorious sunshine?

The fresh and elegant style hails from Valles de Sadacia in Rioja and is available at £8.99 a bottle. 

Today is the perfect opportunity for wine enthusiasts to unite and celebrate their favourite wines.  

Information has been sourced from Squaremeal, Good Housekeeping, The Independent and Majestic Wines.