If any of you have read the disclaimer on my Drink page, you’ll know that I don’t claim to know anything about wine. That being said, we drink a fair bit of the stuff and I’m always eager for wine recommendations that I can easily find (i.e. wines carried in the major supermarkets as we don’t have a Majestic or Oddbins anywhere nearby – and don’t even talk to me about BevMo, the nearest one is approximately 5,000 miles door to door). This doesn’t mean I’m after mass-produced £3 bottles of plonk, there are surprisingly good wines available in the likes of Sainsbury’s, Asda, Lidl and Aldi and those are what this post is all about.
I have to admit to not having tried all of these yet, but they’re all in my holiday line-up and have either been recommended in the Sunday Times Best 50 red and whites for Christmas or have recommended themselves to me through personal experience. In any case, I wish you all a magical Christmas and hope the new year is full of new adventures – foodie and otherwise.
Extra Special Viognier (£5, Asda)
Fruity, drinkable and thoroughly affordable. A perfect party white that won’t break the bank.
Taste The Difference Barrihuelo Rioja Blanco (£8.49 or 2 for £12 until 1/1/14*, Sainsbury’s)
This is one of our standby whites. It’s clean and crisp with a subtle and pleasant fruitiness and we’ve found that it can be drunk alongside most things.
Winemakers’ Selection Cariñena Gran Reserva, Spain (£5.99, Sainsbury’s)
The Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference and Winemakers’ Selection ranges are both pretty reliable. I think we’ve tried most of the wines in both ranges and found them all to be acceptable and very affordable. Every now and again though, you stumble across one that makes you stop and give credit where it’s due. This is one of those wines: fruit led but full bodied, this mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Garnacha is a must for the Christmas table.
Bouchard Ainé Pinot Noir 2012, France (£8.69, Sainsbury’s)
Completely and utterly delicious. Light on its own, but transformed by food into a deep, rich and earthy red. Drank it with my Chicken, Beetroot and Butternut Squash and it was to. die. for.
Rosés and Bubbles
Mondelli Sparkling Rosé, Italy (£7.49, Sainsbury’s)
This wine is almost always on offer and at £6 or less I think it’s worth it. It’s a swiggable party wine that is a bit on the sweet side, but a good bet for the holiday season.
*Actual dates of offers may vary, but were correct as of 16/12/13.