Exciting new wines that can provide the same thrill.
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.
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.