Blog & Newsletters

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...

wotwine? puts the spotlight on: ASDA - April 18, 2016

Own label wines are the best value. Yesterday we were discussing wotwine? with a wealthy "city" type. To our delight he told us that he regularly shops on-line for wine at ASDA. Whilst he also uses a traditional merchant, he likes to find "everyday" wines in the supermarkets, and has found ASDA the...

Wotwine Newsletter – we put the spotlight on Lidl - April 5, 2016

Lidl has constantly been top of our rating list for value for money, alongside Aldi.  Aldi were top rated in December, as Lidl seem to have hardened their prices for many of their mid range wines, but now since Christmas Lidl seems to have stolen the lead with 55% of...