Life Beyond Sauvignon Blanc

Exciting new wines that can provide the same thrill.


Right folks, don your safari jackets, it’s time to take an adventure into the unknown.  We all have our ‘old faithful’ wine favourites which we steer towards at the supermarket.  It’s a wine you know you like at a price you are happy to pay so why on earth would you look any further?

There are two very good reasons why you should take a chance on trying a new wine.  Firstly, there is a whole wonderful world of wine out there just waiting to be discovered! You wouldn’t want to watch just one movie for the rest of your life as your mind enjoys variety.  Extend your tongue the same courtesy!

Secondly, the wines we tend to go for are the ‘well known’ popular wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and sadly every Tom, Dick and Harry is jumping on the band wagon producing one, more often than not, badly.  Sauvignon Blanc as been particularly abused in this way, the ‘eskimo’ grape, so called due to its love of cooler temperatures (its home is in the Loire in the cool North of France), is being made in all sorts of inappropriate hot climates and producing sweaty, flat wines as a result.

There are a plethora of alternatives out there in the style or your favourite wine which can provide just as much pleasure and often much better value.

Alternatives to Sauvignon Blanc:
If you love the fresh, zippy, citrus freshness of Sauvignon Blanc then look out for wines from the Cotes de Gascogne from France, Vinho Verde from Portugal, Albarino from Spain or dry Australian Riesling.  These wines have that beautiful fresh, pure and zingy character and are often much better value.   One of our favourites is the Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2014 from Clare Valley in Australia.  We think it is worth £12.00 but you can pick it up from The Co-Operative (2013 vintage) and from Majestic for £9.99 (the latter if you buy 2 bottles or more).  Buy in store from The Co-Op or click here to buy from Majestic.

Another refreshingly good value gem is the Alba Rino Signature Albarino 2013, Rias Baixas in Spain from Asda.  We thought this lovely citrusy, mineral driven wine was worth £8.00, but at Asda it is just £5.98.  Click here to buy.
For a lovely dry pithy, lime zest driven wine with a subtle mouth tingling spritz try the Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2014 from Portugal.  We felt it would be great value at £9.50 but it is available at Waitrose for £8.29, or at Majestic for £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles or more.  Click here to buy from Waitrose using discount code WFEXCLWW10 an extra £20.00 off all orders over £150.00 until Sat 18th July, OR click here to buy from Majestic online.
Alternatives to Merlot:
Merlot, like Sauvignon has become a bit of a cash cow for producers.  In Merlot we are typically looking for something fruity and easy drinking, but as the  producers increasingly look to squeeze as much volume as they can from each vine, the wines are becoming green, unripe and unappetising.  So if you like ‘em soft, round and juicy then you are in luck.  Look out for Cotes du Rhone from France, Monastrell from Spain, Garnacha from Spain or red wines from the Portugal.  Our favourites include the Tesco Finest Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2013 which we valued at £9.00 but is just £5.49. Click here to buy by the case  or click here to add to your groceries and enjoy free delivery until 26th July.
And of course the delicious Al Muvedre Monastrell  2013, Alicante, Spain from Waitrose which we valued at £9.00 but is now on offer for just £5.99.  Combine this with the unique wotwine? discount code of WFEXCLWW10 for an extra £20.00 off all orders over £150.00 and you are really onto something.  This wotwine offer is only valid until Saturday 18th July so get your skates on. Click here to buy online.
Finally the delicious fruit driven Tesco Finest Douro 2013 from Portugal which we thought was worth £7.69 but is just £6.00 at Tesco.  With free delivery on all wines until the 26th July this makes it even more tempting.  click here to buy with your groceries.
If you have a favourite wine and would like to try something new please don’t hesitate to email us directly for a personal recommendation from your favourite supermarket.

All wine availability and prices were accurate at the time of printing though availability can vary store to store and prices can change at any time without prior warning.