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wotwine? links up with Bookatable to recommend bottles to take to the top ten BYOB restaurants! - May 24, 2017

The savings to be made by "bring your own bottle" to a restaurant are huge. So it is with some delight that Bookatable.com have identified their top ten restaurants who offer this exceptional facility. Most restaurants need to cover the costs of buying the wine, storage in prime conditions in often valuable space, financing...

The ten best bottles of supermarket wine and fizz for under a tenner for Mother’s Day - May 23, 2017

Mothers Day is a time to celebrate as well as show appreciation, so our first recommendations are for fizz, and our "go-to" best value continues to be the terrific Cremant du Jura 2012 in Aldi for £7.29. The wotwine? team consistently rates this nicely packaged, very clean and bright Chardonnay based fizz as...

Is the cork a “dead” closure for wine bottles, and will it be replaced by the screw cap? - February 23, 2017

wotwine? explains and finds that the diam cork is the best for supermarket wine: Over 70% of the wines we taste from supermarket shelves are now sealed with a screw cap. The few that come in wine boxes and tetra packs aside, there are around 5% sealed with plastic "corks", and the...

wotwine? Christmas recommendations part 3: Red and Sweet wines - December 21, 2016

By far the most scanned red wine by our users is Rioja. That is not really surprising as these wines have for years offered good value and easy drinking maturity. We have tasted some extraordinarily good value Riojas this year, and they will be delicious with Turkey and all the trimmings...

wotwine? Christmas recommendations part 2: White wines - December 19, 2016

In our second pre-Christmas set of recommendations, we cover Sancerre and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, two of the most popular wines that are scanned by shoppers. The best Sancerre is a great wine. It takes what is fundamentally a pretty dull grape varietal (Sauvignon Blanc), and elevates it way above a simple...

Your most scanned wines, plus our top picks for Christmas Champagne! - December 16, 2016

Over the next few days, from today through till next Wednesday, we will be giving you our curated selection from the wines which you viewed the most on the supermarket shelves. Today we start with Champagne and here are our recommendations: From great, well known brands we always pick out Bollinger, Pol Roger and Louis...

Is Tesco mounting a challenge in the value rankings? - December 9, 2016

As we have often said, one doesn't have to drink expensive wine everyday so long as it is well made, interesting and not bland or dull. All you really need is something with a good balance of fruit, acidity and intensity, and that will make it good for everyday drinking. Our real test...

Good Pinot Noir for under £10.00? Really? We think so. - December 5, 2016

Good Pinot Noir is probably the hardest wine to come by, even the greatest Grand Cru Red Burgundy will have it’s moments in the shade, before it become delicious. The Pinot, apart from being thin skinned and therefore susceptible to rot or damage, is possibly the most challenging varietal to make really...

Your Everyday Drinking? Genuine, interesting wines for £7.00 – £8.00 - October 14, 2016

It is easy to find an expensive and really good wine for a special occasion, a time where most of us are prepared to splash out. But what about finding really good everyday drinking which doesn't break the bank? So many mass-market, inexpensive (and sadly not so inexpensive) wines taste manipulated: too much alcohol,...

Aldi and Lidl shine again in the value stakes, plus a fantastic Claret find in Tesco! - September 29, 2016

Our tastings this week have thrown up two amazing value wines, which just goes to show that simply because a wine is inexpensive, it doesn't mean it needs to be a poor, manufactured product. It can still be genuine and well made;  good, straight forward, typical and enjoyable. Check out the Duca di Sasseta Chardonnay...