Drinks of the Month
6 of the best English wine buys from Waitrose’s 25% off deal
I much prefer a 25% across the board discount to offers on individual wines as you can get a good reduction on the bottles you most enjoy. Waitrose does them two or three times a year and the current offer which applies off any six bottles over £5 lasts until next Tuesday, March 9th.*
Previously I've focussed on under £10 wines (see below) but I thought I’d concentrate on English wine this time as Waitrose, particularly Waitrose Cellar, has a really good selection (97 different lines, it turns out, many of which I haven’t heard of! I assume they’re stocked by local stores too.)
* Note: if shopping on Waitrose.com, the delivery date needs to be on or before the 9th March. If shopping on Waitrosecellar.com, the order needs to be placed before the offer expires on 9th March. The offer is not available in branches in Scotland, Wales or Jersey, motorway service stations, Welcome Break, petrol stations or via Deliveroo.
Lyme Bay Shoreline 2018, Devon. Waitrose Cellar only £11.24 down from £14.99
Classic light, summery, elderflowery English white that you’ll enjoy if you like sauvignon blanc. Lovely with smoked salmon.
Simpsons Estate Chardonnay 2018 Waitrose and Waitrose Cellar £11.24 down from 14.99
England is producing some impressive chardonnays these days but they don't normally come at a price as good as this. Drink with a fish pie or grilled plaice
Simpsons pinot noir rosé available at the same price but from Waitrose Cellar only is very pretty too.
Squerreys Vintage Reserve Brut 2016 Waitrose Cellar £24 down from £32
I know this is almost in champagne territory pricewise but it’s similar to champagne in quality too. A really terrific bottle of fizz
Digby Leander Pink £22.50 down from £30 Waitrose and Waitrose Cellar
I’m not sure I would pay 30 quid for this undeniably attractive sparkling rosé but it’s good value at £22. And would be perfect, unless your mum is averse to all things pink, for Mother’s Day.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvée in half bottles, Waitrose and Waitrose Cellar £14.99 down from £19.99
I confess I love a half bottle even though they come at a premium. Sometimes you don’t want more. One of the first English sparkling wines to hit the headlines and still stands up to the competition.
Bolney Estate Pinot Noir 2019 Waitrose Cellar £13.49 down from £17.99
I haven’t tried the 2019 vintage but I’ve always liked this suprisingly rich, full-bodied pinot from Bolney Estate which you could drink with duck or lamb.
Here are some other recommendations from the last Waitrose round-up I did back in November. The Corbières and the oloroso are no longer available.
I’d also buy the Crozes Hermitage from this selection which was being offered at £10 in the run-up to Christmas. It’s still good value at £11.99
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