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20 good buys from Tesco's current 25% off deal

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.

10 top Lidl tipples

10 top Lidl tipples

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 ...

My best buys from Marks & Spencer’s current 25% off wine deal

My best buys from Marks & Spencer’s current 25% off wine deal

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.

My best buys from Sainsbury’s current 25% off wine deal - autumn 2015

My best buys from Sainsbury’s current 25% off wine deal - autumn 2015

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).

Which wines to pick with vegetarian food?

Which wines to pick with vegetarian food?

As it's Word Vegetarian Day I thought I'd re-run an article from Decanter on wine and vegetarian food I wrote a few years ago but still contains some useful pointers from top wine producers and sommeliers. (Some of the people quoted are now in different jobs.)

American beers at Kitty Fisher's

American beers at Kitty Fisher's

The American Brewers Association chose uber-cool Kitty Fisher's in Shepherd Market, Mayfair for their annual lunch for British beer writers this week. Sophie Atherton reports on the outcome.

12 wines you probably wouldn’t expect to find in Marks & Spencer

12 wines you probably wouldn’t expect to find in Marks & Spencer

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.

Top buys from the current Sainsbury’s 25% off 6 bottles offer (UPDATED)

Top buys from the current Sainsbury’s 25% off 6 bottles offer (UPDATED)

I wrote this post back in May - here is an updated version including wines that are on promotion in July/August 2015.

What are the best wine glasses to buy?

What are the best wine glasses to buy?

Much play has been made over the last few years of having different shaped glasses for different wines but for those of us with limited storage space (and a limited budget) that’s simply not practical. So what are the best type of glasses to buy and what should you expect to pay for them?

20 top wine buys from Waitrose’s current 25% off promotion

20 top wine buys from Waitrose’s current 25% off promotion

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.

What type of wine works best with a barbecue?

What type of wine works best with a barbecue?

This week is National Barbecue Week in the UK and if you're planning a barbecue this weekend you might well be wondering what to drink. Here's an article I wrote for Decanter a few years ago which still holds good today, I think.

How Greeks celebrate Easter: the feasting after the fast

How Greeks celebrate Easter: the feasting after the fast

No-one who hasn’t experienced a Greek Easter can imagine the scale of the feasting. Wine writer Ted Lelekas tells all about "the most lavish and important meal of the year".

20 good wine buys from Tesco - April 2015

20 good wine buys from Tesco - April 2015

Tesco has one of its periodic 25% promotions at the moment. In store it applies to six or more bottles, including those on promotion and runs until Tuesday 21st April. It also applies to those wines that are available on the main Tesco shopping site www.tesco.com/groceries

Here's to Clean Monday!

Here's to Clean Monday!

The start of Lent is cause for gloom for many people faced with the prospect of giving up something pleasurable like wine or chocolate Not for the Greeks however who kick off their fasting with a splendid celebration called Kathara Defter or ‘Clean Monday’.

Why the Chinese prefer to drink red wine with food

Why the Chinese prefer to drink red wine with food

To most westerners the idea of drinking young red Bordeaux with Chinese food seems bizarre. Especially with delicate Cantonese dishes, the most widely available of the Chinese cuisines in the west . Clearly though the Chinese who are paying stratospheric prices for first and second growths - and presumably drinking them - think differently. They don’t turn to riesling and other aromatic and off-dry whites for a reason.

Award-winning whiskies to drink on Burns Night

Award-winning whiskies to drink on Burns Night

If you're planning a Burns Night supper this weekend you may be wondering which whisky to pair with it. Born and bred Scot, Ewan Lacey, general manager of the International Wine & Spirit Competition has some answers.

Where - and how - to go wassailing (updated for 2015)

Where - and how - to go wassailing (updated for 2015)

With the growing popularity of cider there seem to be more and more 'wassailing' events at this time of year. But what does wassailing involve?

A quick guide to wine serving temperatures

A quick guide to wine serving temperatures

The mistake most people make when they’re serving wine is to serve whites too cold and reds too warm. Assuming you haven’t got a handy wine thermometer here’s a quick guide to the ideal temperature for different styles of wine:

Is Aldi or Lidl better value for your Christmas wine?

Is Aldi or Lidl better value for your Christmas wine?

Just as UKIP has shaken up the political landscape so Aldi and Lidl have changed the face of retailing in the UK. You might not have considered buying your wine there before but you certainly should this Christmas.

13 terrific wine bargains from Sainsbury’s current 25% off promotion UPDATED

13 terrific wine bargains from Sainsbury’s current 25% off promotion UPDATED

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.

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