From the archives
Last minute Easter wine bargains
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.
Tesco and Waitrose both have 25% off deals across selected lines for the next couple of days (up to and including April 2nd). But they won't all be available on individual bottles and in all branches. The offer is quite complicated particularly at Tesco where you’ll only find the basic offers online. In store you get 25% off on top of the discounted prices if you buy six bottles. And some of Waitrose's offers end today not Tuesday as I'd been told.
Marks & Spencer is also holding a two day 25% off promotion yesterday and today which leaves time to snap up a few bargains online. Here’s my selection from last autumn which I re-posted when they had a promotion in February. Some prices will undoubtedly have gone up.
Note all these offers come from the 'Finest' range which don't tend to be sold at the inflated prices of many of the branded wines they stock.
Finest Picpoul de Pinet on offer at £6 + 25% off if you buy 6 or more in store = £4.50 a bottle
Crisp, citrussy Picpoul which is produced down on the Languedoc coast has become one of the most popular restaurant wines due to its versatility with food. (It’s obviously particularly good with fish and shellfish. Garlicky prawns would be good.)
Finest Stellenbosch Red on offer at £7.99 + 25% off if you buy 6 or more in store = £5.99 a bottle
South Africa is offering terrific value at the moment - you’d be hard pushed to get a claret as good as this fragrant Bordeaux blend - particularly at the in-store price. It’s only stocked by 291 branches though. One for roast lamb.
Finest Argentinian Malbec on offer at £5.99 + 25% off if you buy 6 or more in store = £4.49 a bottle (not currently available online but hopefully there should be a few bottles knocking around in one branch or another.)
If you’re a Malbec fan - and who isn’t these days? - you’ll love this smooth, full-bodied red from one of Argentina’s top producers. Worth laying in for the first of the season’s barbecues.
Finest Vintage Cava Brut Nature on offer at £7.49 + 25% off if you buy 6 or more in store = $5.62 a bottle
An interesting move for Tesco picking a wine that has a very low dosage (added sugar solution). Which makes it less sweet but fuller-flavoured and without that slightly heavy yeasty character you can find in vintage Cava
Waitrose’s offer is on their more expensive ‘fine wines’. Here are 8 good buys - though this by no means exhausts the bargains. Some seem quite short on stock though.
Californian wine has been pricey lately but here’s a good deal on a really attractive pinot - which isn’t bad value at the full price. One for spicy Asian dishes, particularly duck.
A good opportunity to snap up this South African classic. Another classy Bordeaux drink-alike. Roast lamb or beef
Life has been hard for us fans of the Lebanese wine Chateau Musar in the last few years as it’s relentlessly climbed in price so grab this chance to buy it under £15. I’d drink it with middle-eastern style lamb dishes.
I love the combination of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc which adds weight to Semillon and rounds off the more aggressive edges of Sauvignon Blanc. Western Australia does it really well. Definitely one for seafood - think scallops. And given the vintage drink now rather than holding on to it.
Unfortunately the very good 2010 vintage appears to have sold out but I'd still have a punt on the 2011 which should have the gorgeous creamy character that will blow away all the prejudices you have about Aussie chardonnay. Again drink with scallops or rich fish dishes.
A really super, lush peachy white from this biodynamically run estate. Think roast chicken with a creamy gravy
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