From the archives
20 good buys from Tesco's current 25% off deal
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.
In wine terms that makes it a chance to get a few pounds knocked off your Christmas drinking. Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer all have 25% off wine and champagne if you buy six bottles currently - Tesco's offer lasts until midnight tomorrow (Sunday 29th), Sainsbury’s until December 6th and M & S has just extended its offer to December 8th.
Tesco’s offer somewhat confusingly, only applies in store and to purchases from their grocery site not to wine by the case. Note too that some wines are only available in a limited number of branches and that some of the vintages featured on the website are older than the ones I tasted at their recent press tasting. They may be trying to clear these older stocks so stick to the vintages I've recommended
finest* vintage Cava 2011 295 stores £7 down to £5.25 (not available on-line)
Really full-flavoured fizz that bears comparison with cheaper champagne.
finest* Blanquette de Limoux 341 stores £8.50 down to £6.38
Attractive light creamy fizz from the south of France. Good party bubbly
finest* Premier Cru Champagne Brut 917 stores £18 down to £13.50
One of the best own brand champagnes around
Chanoine & Fils vintage champagne 2009 on offer at £20, £15 on this deal (note vintage online is 2006 which may possibly be looking a bit tired)
Attractive rounded, full, honeyed fizz. You could drink it with the turkey
finest* Saint Mont 2014 131 stores £5.50 down to £4.13 (website shows the 2012)
Bright, crisp fruity white from south-west France. Would appeal to sauvignon blanc lovers
Tesco Chablis 2014 1975 stores £8 down to £6
Classic Chablis for £6? Can’t go wrong. Perfect with prawns
finest* Pecorino 2014 658 stores £6.25 down to £4.69 (website only has the 2012)
Crisp, fresh Italian white that should appeal if you’re a Picpoul fan. Drink with spaghetti carbonara or a seafood salad
finest* Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 490 stores, £7.50 down to £5.63 (Website has the 2013 vintage)
If you’re into Kiwi savvy blanc this is a great example. Good with south-east Asian style salads
Tim Adams Clare Valley Semillon 2011 354 stores £9.75 down to £7.31 (2007 vintage on the website)
A chance to snap up this gorgeously lush Aussie white at a great price.
finest* Frappato 2013 202 stores £6 down to £4.50 (website doesn't specify vintage)
Bright, breezy Sicilian red. Perfect pizza wine
finest* Teroldego 2013 202 stores £5.50 down to £4.13
Light, fragrant Italian red that you’ll enjoy if you’re a Loire Cabernet Franc-lover. Good with salami, ham and other antipasti.
finest* Nero d’Avola 2014 1268 stores £6 down to £4.50
Big, warm, spicy Sicilian red. Just what you need for this dismal weather. Ideal for lasagne. (Still on 2013 online)
finest* Domaine Aubermesnil Fitou 2013 146 stores £6.75 down to £5.06 (Still on 2012 online)
Good, gutsy Languedoc red. Ideal for beefy stews and pies.
finest* Chateau Fonguillon, Montagne St Emilion 2012 146 stores £8 down to £6 (Still on 2010 online)
Very good value Bordeaux from one of the villages around St Emilion.
finest* Crozes Hermitage 2013 589 stores £8 down to £6 (still on 2005 online)
Terrific value northern Rhône syrah. Perfect for steak frites
finest* Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu 2014 146 stores £6 down to £4.50
Good, basic crowd-pleasing red. Think sausage and mash.
finest* Stellenbosch Red 2014 397 stores £8 down to £6
This classic Bordeaux blend is an even better buy which knocks spots off most inexpensive claret. Drink with roast lamb.
finest* Argentina Malbec 2014 1092 stores £6 down to £4.50 (website doesn't specify vintage)
An unmissable buy if you’re into malbec. A partner for any red meats
Concha y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2013 106 stores On offer at £6 a half bottle, down to £4.50 (website doesn't specify vintage)
Lovely light, lush Sauternes-style dessert wine from Chile. Ideal for light fruity or creamy desserts
De Bortoli Show Reserve Muscat NV 196 stores £14 down to xx for a 50cl bottle
What the Aussies call a ‘sticky’, this wickedly treacley dessert wine would be great with mince pies or Christmas cake
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