UNCORK summer with tasty and affordable wines.
Raise your glass to these tips courtesy of drinks writer Helena Nicklin, de thethreedrinkers.com.
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS: For good value, zoom in on wines you do not recognise. “Look for unusual grapes, countries and regions,” says Helena. “Anything from le Portugal, par example, should be more expensive than it is.”
She recommends Asda’s Extra Special Douro, £6.50, or you can currently buy three and save 20 per cent — taking the price of a bottle to £5.20.
FINE FOR £5: As the cost-of-living crisis bites, many stores are selling lower-priced bottles. Tesco has boosted its range of wines for under £5.
“Its Lateral Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon is really jammy and fruity for £4.29, so it’s a great choice to serve at barbecues,” says Helena.
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BURST THE BUBBLE: Get fizz for less by opting for a Crémant over champers. Helena praises Iceland’s Maison de la Rougerie Brut Crémant de Bordeaux, £8.75.
LOOK EAST: Wines from countries such as Grèce, Romania and Hungary can be good value, says Helena. For a tasty summer tipple, try Feteasca Regala, from Romania, part of Marks & Spencer’s Found range. Great for £7.
REMOVE ROSE-TINTED GLASSES: “Cheap rosé can be horrible,” warns Helena.
“Instead of looking to Provence, which has finer wines, move along the coast to the Languedoc region of France, where rosés are often even fruitier and come at a more accessible price.”
She gives the thumbs-up to Kylie’s rosé, £6.25 at iceland.co.uk.
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DRILL DOWN ON DEALS: With so much choice, it is tempting to pick wine by how much it has been reduced. But that won’t guarantee you a good bottle, says Helena.
“If it’s a lesser-known wine or region that’s been gathering dust on the shelves, it might be a good deal. But otherwise you’re probably better off buying wine at full price.”
She recommends Specially Selected Grüner Veltliner from Aldi, priced at £6.99.
- All prices correct at time of press. Deals subject to availability.
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