Best buys in Waitrose's autumn 2018 wine range
Waitrose is currently running one of its 25% off six bottles deals - a good opportunity to stock up for Christmas. I've listed some under £10 bargains from their most recent tasting but also some more expensive wines you mightn't normally buy but which are worth snapping up at this price. (Don't read too much into the picture above by the way - it's simply the wines of which I managed to get a relatively decent shot rather than the ones I rate most highly!)
Waitrose & Partners Reserve Claret 2016 £4.87 down from £6.49
A classic ‘lunchtime’ claret - smooth, mellow, very easy to drink (with something like a shepherds pie I suggest)
Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune 2015 £13.12 down from £17.49
Ethereal, pretty red burgundy from an excellent vintage. Drink with duck or partridge. A bargain at the reduced price.
Cave de Tain Les Hauts de Pavières Crozes Hermitage 2017 £9.59 down from £12.79 Youthful, bright, juicy, peppery syrah - ideal for a steak frites
Heredad del Rey Monastrell/Syrah Yecla 2017 £5.99 down from £7.99
Bright, juicy Spanish red you could drink with pizza
LaFou el Sender Terra Alta 2016 £8.24 down from £10.99
Really lush exuberant modern Spanish red that would work well with hearty chorizo-based dishes
Araldica Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2016 £7.12 down from £9.49
Good ripe juicy northern Italan red that would go with almost anything Italian and meaty from roast lamb to a lasagne
Escarpment The Edge Pinot Noir 2017 £11.24 down from £14.99
Another delicate sweet ripe-fruited pinot, this time from the Martinborough district of New Zealand. Good with Chinese or other Asian-style duck dishes.
Rustenberg John X Merriman, Stellenbosch 2016 £11.24 down from £14.99
A South African Bordeaux blend that consistently delivers - perfect for a Sunday roast
Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli de Jesi Classico £4.49 down from £5.99
Really decent Italian white which would make perfect midweek drinking with a plate of pasta or a risotto
Radacini Sauvignon Blanc 2017 £4.49 down from £5.99
Simple fresh, lemony Italian-looking white from Moldova. Good party option.
Earth Vine & Sun Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018 £5.24 down from £6.99
If you find straight sauvignon a bit sharp try this luscious South African version with a touch of semillon. Again good for parties.
Fief Guerin Muscadet Sur Lie Cötes de Grandlieu 2017 £6.37 down from £8.49
Crisp, clean, saline white - perfect for oysters and other shellfish
Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Terret Blanc Pays d’Oc 2017 £6.37 down from £8.49
Intriguingly rich, spicy Languedoc white that would go well with many veggie mains (it’s suitable for both vegans and vegetarians)
Paul Mas Reserve Languedoc Blanc 2017 £7.04 down from £9.39
Another rich, spicy Rhone-ish blend of grenache blanc, marsanne and vermentino which would be great with pork.
Domaine Vincent Carëme Vouvray Sec 2017 £13.49 down from £17.99
Really lovely smooth, gently honeyed Vouvray that would be delicious with chicken or guineafowl in a creamy sauce. Will age well too.
Tenuta Regaleali Tasca d'Almerita Cattarrato Sicily 2017 £11.24 down from £14.99 (Limited distribution)
Absolutely luscious Sicilian white that would make a perfect aperitif or drink with simply cooked fish.
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