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Good wine buys from Waitrose
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.
It's the 2010* Catena Malbec, a purringly smooth, deep, rich, plummy Argentinian red which should have a good way to go but to my mind is already showing beautifully. It would, of course, be great with steak but also with roast beef or lamb. An ideal bottle to bring out for New World wine lovers and traditionalists alike. (In most Waitrose branches at £9.99 instead of £12.99 or £9.49 online if you're buying a case.)
While you’re in Waitrose there are also some decent whites you might want to pick up - if you can find the current vintages. The website doesn't seem to be totally up to date but I have checked with Waitrose that they're available.
* a classy Vincent de Vignaud Pouilly-Vinzelles from the excellent 2010 vintage - down from £13.99 to £10.99 which makes it a great buy. That would be a versatile all-rounder but especially good with posh fish with a creamy or buttery sauce. (The website lists the 2007 vintage - I wouldn't go for that)
* the LaVis Vigneti dei Montagna Pinot Grigio 2010/11 from Trentino-Alto Adige. Pinot Grigio gets a bad rap but this is a good one and a bargain at £5.99 (down from £8.99). Ideal for antipasti and pasta and risottos with seafood or spring vegetables. (The website shows the 2010.)
* and the delicate elderflower-scented Three Choirs Annum 2011 down from £8.99 to £7.19 (£6.83 online) which is a fair price for English wine. I’d drink that as an aperitif.
Oh, and two other good deals. If you’re a fan of Nyetimber and want to stock up on some for the Jubilee it’s on offer at £22.49 or £21.36 online instead of £29.99 and there’s a multibuy offer of 3 bottles for £5 on selected ciders (that last one runs till June 6th).
* Looks like some stores may still have the 2009 which should also be decent but buy one to try before you splash out on more.
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