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Is Aldi or Lidl better value for your Christmas wine?

Is Aldi or Lidl better value for your Christmas wine?

Just as UKIP has shaken up the political landscape so Aldi and Lidl have changed the face of retailing in the UK. You might not have considered buying your wine there before but you certainly should this Christmas.

13 terrific wine bargains from Sainsbury’s current 25% off promotion UPDATED

13 terrific wine bargains from Sainsbury’s current 25% off promotion UPDATED

Sainsbury’s has one of its regular 25% off six bottles currently which runs to Monday December 8th 2014. The offer also applies to bottles that are on promotion (except in Scotland) and includes some really good deals.

20 top buys from Tesco's current 25% off wine promotion

20 top buys from Tesco's current 25% off wine promotion

Tesco has raised the bar with its latest 25% off deal which applies if you buy just four bottles between now and November 25th, rather than the usual six (apart from online when you will still have to buy two 6 bottle cases.)

10 top white and sparkling wine buys from the current Waitrose offer

10 top white and sparkling wine buys from the current Waitrose offer

As I mentioned, Waitrose has a 25% off 6 bottles deal which runs until November 4th, a great opportunity to pick up some more expensive wines at an affordable price. Yesterday I tackled the reds. Today here are 10 whites and sparkling wines

10 of the best red wines to buy from the current Waitrose offer

10 of the best red wines to buy from the current Waitrose offer

Waitrose currently has a 25% off 6 bottles deal which runs until November 4th 2014. Although they do have cheap(ish) wines in their range I don’t see that as their strength. You’re much better taking the opportunity to buy their more expensive wines at a really good price.

Food villains - 9 awkward customers that could kill your wine

Food villains - 9 awkward customers that could kill your wine

This weekend I’ve been down at my favourite food festival in Dartmouth where I’ve been giving a number of wine talks. One of them was a forum on food and wine matching with wine writer and TV presenter Susy Atkins and former sommelier and wine supplier Tim McLoughlin-Green of Sommelier’s Choice.

Tesco’s Bordeaux bargains

Tesco’s Bordeaux bargains

You can tell we’re already in the run-up to Christmas with supermarkets making a pitch for those who like to do their shopping early.

More French wine bargains from Lidl

More French wine bargains from Lidl

I’ve already made my selection of Bordeaux from Lidl’s heavily promoted new French wine offer on the Guardian website today. Here’s what else I’d pick up when the wines go on sale this Thursday September 4th. (Note they're NOT available before then.)

9 good reds to buy from Marks & Spencer

9 good reds to buy from Marks & Spencer

Following on from my pick of the white wines from M & S's current 25% off six bottles promotion here are eight reds I’d recommend from my most recent tasting in May 2014

Must grouse wine matches be classic?

Must grouse wine matches be classic?

I’m always in two minds about whether to write about the beginning of the grouse season. After all only a tiny number of people will be sufficiently interested - or well-heeled - to bag the first birds that arrive on restaurant tables this evening.

12 good white wines to buy from Marks & Spencer

12 good white wines to buy from Marks & Spencer

It says a lot about Marks & Spencer’s usual prices that they can afford to run a 25% off deal if you buy any 6 bottles of wine or champagne* for a whole month rather than the usual week but you might as well take advantage.

More wines under 12.5%

More wines under 12.5%

As I mentioned in my Guardian column this week the Government has been putting pressure on the drinks industry to reduce the strength of house wines to below 12.5%. Frankly I think that’s more likely to make people spend more on their wine rather than drink less but it’s true that wines have got progressively higher in alcohol particularly from regions like Bordeaux where reds now regularly clock in at 14%. I certainly prefer to drink wines below that myself.

Guest post: The exotic, cooling drinks of Persia

Guest post: The exotic, cooling drinks of Persia

Sally Butcher of Persepolis, shares the secrets of Iran's delicious non-alcoholic drinks, just perfect for this sultry summer weather.

Which wine to pair with Texas BBQ

Which wine to pair with Texas BBQ

US-based wine writer and educator David Furer reports on an epic tasting in the homeland of American barbeque, Austin, Texas pairing a selection of international and home-grown reds with different meats.

What are the best wine glasses to buy?

What are the best wine glasses to buy?

Much play has been made over the last few years of having different shaped glasses for different wines but for those of us with limited storage space (and a limited budget) that’s simply not practical. So what are the best type of glasses to buy and what should you expect to pay for them?

How to match beer and food

How to match beer and food

I was recently asked the question: "What am i looking for when matching beer and food? Do I want a beer with a similar taste or should I be looking for a contrast?"

My best buys at Waitrose this summer

My best buys at Waitrose this summer

Although I’m deeply sceptical about ‘half price’ offers, the periodical 25% off promotions if you buy six bottles that the supermarkets put on are a great opportunity to buy your favourite wine at a bargain price. Waitrose is the latest to do it and here’s my pick of the wines I’ve tasted recently.

Is whisky the best drink to give on Father's Day?

Is whisky the best drink to give on Father's Day?

Unusually Father’s Day, which comes up this weekend, is celebrated on the same day in Britain, the US and France. I must say I think the hype for these ‘special days’ has got a bit out of hand but if mothers are pampered, hey, why not fathers too?

Matching wine and tapas

Matching wine and tapas

Lucy Bridgers selflessly devotes herself to finding the perfect pairing for tapas on a tapas crawl through some of London's leading tapas bars

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