Blog & Newsletters

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...

wotwine? puts the spotlight on Tesco’s current strategy. Plus some First Growth bargains! - January 19, 2016

Much has happened in the last few months at the UK's biggest supermarket, and in the wine department there is a clear change of strategy.  From being a Supermarket only offering fair or good value for wines when they were on price promotion, Tesco have clearly moved to a "net"...

The Christmas Conundrum; what to drink at Christmas, sorted! - December 21, 2015

Unless you find  your family gatherings particularly stressful, I would definitely advocate quality over quantity.  This is the time of the year to really savour the good things in life; good food, good wine and we hope, good company.As we all tend to get a bit misty eyed and nostalgic...

Perfect Cocktail Party Wines; the gannets are descending and they are thirsty! - December 21, 2015

It is time to throw your infamous Christmas cocktail party which means the question of how to provide a really decent drop to drink while being able to water 30 odd thirsty friends without busting the bank is once again at the forefront of your mind.  Not an easy task, we know! Not...