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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...

Fantastic quality and value from Spain this week! - September 16, 2016

Spain and Portugal have always offered the best value from any country in our evaluations, but this week we tasted some wines of real quality and class, and all amazing value for money. White wines: We love good Albariño from the best region Rias Baixas in Galicia, but they have tended to be...

Waitrose Bank Holiday deals! - May 26, 2016

The Waitrose Wine Cellar has some fabulous offers for the coming long weekend. We have scoured their list meticulously and picked the best deals. See below for our top tips: Sparkling: First up is one of our top non-vintage Champagnes, Bollinger Special Cuvée, which along with Pol Roger and Roederer always stands out in our...

wotwine? Newsletter – What is happening to in-store “discounting”? - April 18, 2016

So what are the 'deals' for Easter? We start with Waitrose It has taken nearly two years and masses of publicity for the major supermarkets to respond to Aldi and Lidl, but we are seeing a general move away from the mass of regular discounts on branded wines to multi buys and on-line...