Pairings | Supermarket offers
This morning I posted a round-up of what I think are the best champagne and sparkling wine offers at the moment but I don’t want you to get overly excited.
Waitrose is offering 25% off wine if you buy six bottles until next Tuesday, June 9th. Unlike other supermarkets this isn’t on top of other promotions which have been suspended for the period but it’s still a good opportunity to pick up some of your summer drinking at a good price. All except one work out at less than £10 a bottle.
The season of discounting has started again with supermarkets all announcing or due to announce dramatic money-off deals if you buy six bottles or more.
Whether the family have drunk you dry over Christmas or you’ve decided to throw a last minute party for New Year’s Eve you may need to replenish your wine stocks this weekend. Here are some wines that should hit the spot for different types of events - though feel free to swap them around. The categories are not set in stone.
If you’re one of those who likes to take it to the wire when it comes to Easter food shopping - or are simply nipping out for some last-minute supplies here are 10 wines which are selling at a great price this weekend.
Sainsbury’s is the latest supermarket to have a 25% off six bottles deal which runs until December 11th. As usual there are restrictions - the offers aren’t available in smaller branches and not at all in Scotland. Watch out too for vintages - these are the ones I recommend based on the a tasting a couple of months ago.
The run up to the spring bank holiday is always a good time to buy wine with supermarkets intent on getting us to stock up for our summer drinking.
I guess it’s a sign that you generally pay over the odds for M & S’s wines that they’re able to run their 25% discount of six bottles* for practically a month but you might as well take advantage. They have much more interesting wines than the other supermarkets.
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.
If you're looking for a sparkling wine or champagne for a party here's my pick of what's available under £15 in ascending order of price. I've deliberately picked that figure rather than £10 as I haven't found a champagne I really rate under the £10 mark.
The last weekend in November is becoming as big as the post Christmas sales with the added bonus that there’s some reason to take advantage of the offers rather than just nab bargains for the sake of it.
Champagne is once again a Christmas battleground between the supermarkets though I haven’t spotted quite so many £8 and £9 bottles this year (I suspect we may see a few next week). Best avoided anyway: here’s the best of what’s available under £20 this weekend. Note prices may have changed by the time you read this.
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.
As you may have already picked up, Tesco has 25% off most of its wine range until Tuesday (excluding fine wines) if you buy six bottles. Now I have major issues with some of Tesco’s offers as some of their initial prices are ridiculously over-inflated but the following are genuine bargains at the discounted price.
So it’s 25% off promotion time again, kicking off with Waitrose. My guess is this is the last one they'll have before Christmas so take advantage. The offer lasts until November 8th.
Sainsbury’s is currently running its second 25% off promotion this autumn with some particularly good offers on its own Taste the Difference (TTD) range. The Chablis and Chateauneuf are also bargains.
If there was any doubt that Christmas is round the corner the supermarkets have embarked on their annual round of price cutting, starting with this 25% off six bottles deal from Sainsbury’s which runs from October 28th to November 9th. The offer applies to wine, champagne, sherry and port and includes wines that are already on promotion (but excludes Scotland).
If you’re an adventurous drinker who likes to try new wines it’s well worth heading for your local branch of Marks & Spencer especially right now (August 2015) when they have 25% off if you buy six bottles.
Waitrose has a short 25% off wine promotion this weekend which runs until next Tuesday, June 7th
It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with these 25% off deals but here's my pick of Sainsbury’s which started a couple of days ago and carry on until December 2nd.
Deciding which wine is best suited to serve to large numbers can be tricky. It’s a question of budget (obviously), your own preferences and those of your guests and the type of food you’re serving.
Waitrose has seized the initiative this year with a simple but clever promotion offering 10 ‘fine wines’ (their description) for £10. Some offer significant reductions over and above the discounts they normally run so which should you buy? It depends of course on your taste but these are the ones I’d go for in this order (watch out for the vintages though which can vary in store).
Yesterday saw Lidl release the latest tranche of the limited edition wines it adds to its range every couple of months.
As you may have already picked up Marks & Spencer is selling 32 top 2014 Bordeaux It bought bought two years ago en primeur.
Having gamely ploughed through 200-odd wines at the Waitrose tasting yesterday here are seven that are currently on offer I’d be happy to put in my trolley this weekend. Prices apply until May 21st:
Following my round-up of the white wines I like best from the current Tesco range here’s a selection of reds if you’re taking advantage of the current 25% off deal (if you buy 6 bottles or 2 six-bottle cases if you’re buying online)
If you’re out last-minute shopping for wine this weekend it may help to know that Tesco currently has one of its 25% off deals if you buy 6 bottles - or 2 x 6 bottle cases if you’re buying online)
I’ve already posted my top reds from Waitrose’s current 25% off wine promotion this weekend - here is what I’d buy from their whites and rosés.
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.)
Yesterday was a bit of a marathon on the wine-tasting circuit with a huge tasting at Waitrose and a slightly more manageable one at the Co-op but the Waitrose tasting produced this gem which I’d urge you to snap up before the current offer expires on May 29th.
Sainsbury’s is running one of its regular 25% off promotions if you buy six bottles this week (until Sunday 4th) - a good opportunity to stock up on your August drinking.
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
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.)
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.
Marks & Spencer is the latest retailer to have a 25% off deal if you buy any 6 bottles of wine or champagne (including fine wines).
Waitrose is the latest to offer a 25% deal off wine and champagne if you buy six bottles (12 online) The deal runs until midnight on November 5th and excludes gift packs and spirits.
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.
I've just spotted Marks & Spencer has another 25% off promotion across its wine range which runs until March 3rd. Here are the wines I recommended back in November which would still be a good deal if they're available.
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
Lidl’s latest limited range of wines went into store this week. I’ve flagged up my star sweet wine buys in my Guardian column but here’s some other wines you might want to pick up while you’re there - always assuming there are any left ...
Sainsbury’s has one of its regular 25% off six bottles currently which conveniently runs over the bank holiday weekend through to next Friday May 30th.
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.
Rioja remains one of the most popular reds in the UK, not least because of its price, and there are two bargains right now that any rioja-lover should snap up.
If you’re a fan of albarino, Spain’s iconic white wine, here’s a chance to get a cracking bottle from an unlikely source - Uruguay!
Waitrose has raised the bar in the discounting war by offering a 25% discount on three rather than six bottles or more. So what should you buy?
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!)
Tesco has a 25% off six bottles deal running until December 3rd that’s worth taking advantage of for your Christmas booze shopping. It applies to both still and sparkling wines though bear in mind not all bottles will be available in all branches and that the discount doesn’t apply in Scotland.
Today, if you weren’t aware, is the first day of Organic September, a month-long celebration of organic food and drink. So maybe a good opportunity to explore organic wine.