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Fizzwatch 2013 (UPDATED): my pick of the best offers on champagne and sparkling wine

Fizzwatch 2013 (UPDATED): my pick of the best offers on champagne and sparkling wine

Keeping up with champagne and sparkling wine promotions is almost impossible in the run-up to Christmas so for the next 2 weeks I’ll be attempting to share with you who’s offering what in the way of discounts.

Why champagne offers are never as good as they seem

Why champagne offers are never as good as they seem

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.

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.

8 good wine buys at Sainsbury’s

8 good wine buys at Sainsbury’s

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.

Last minute wine buys for New Year’s Eve 2012

Last minute wine buys for New Year’s Eve 2012

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.

Last minute Easter wine bargains

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.

My 25 top picks from Sainsbury’s current 25% off deal (May 2016)

My 25 top picks from Sainsbury’s current 25% off deal (May 2016)

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.

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 at Waitrose this summer

My best buys at Waitrose this summer

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.

Christmas fizz under £15 (updated)

Christmas fizz under £15 (updated)

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.

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 of the best champagne buys under £20

10 of the best champagne buys under £20

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.

Tesco’s Bordeaux bargains

Tesco’s Bordeaux bargains

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.

My top 10 wine bargains at Tesco this weekend

My top 10 wine bargains at Tesco this weekend

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.

My pick of the current Waitrose reds: November 2016

My pick of the current Waitrose reds: November 2016

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.

My best buys from Sainsbury’s current 25% off wine deal (November 2016)

My best buys from Sainsbury’s current 25% off wine deal (November 2016)

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.

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).

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.

12 of the best reds from Waitrose’s current 25% off promotion

12 of the best reds from Waitrose’s current 25% off promotion

Waitrose has a short 25% off wine promotion this weekend which runs until next Tuesday, June 7th

10 good Christmas wine buys from Sainsbury’s current 25% off deal

10 good Christmas wine buys from Sainsbury’s current 25% off deal

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.

What wine to serve for a party

What wine to serve for a party

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.

Weekend wine bargains at Waitrose

Weekend wine bargains at Waitrose

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:

The best red wines to buy in Tesco’s current 25% off deal

The best red wines to buy in Tesco’s current 25% off deal

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)

My top 20 wine picks from Tesco’s latest 25% off deal

My top 20 wine picks from Tesco’s latest 25% off deal

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)

My best white, rose, sparkling and sherry buys from the current Waitrose wine deal

My best white, rose, sparkling and sherry buys from the current Waitrose wine deal

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.

More French wine bargains from Lidl

More French wine bargains from Lidl

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.)

Good wine buys from Waitrose

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.

8 wines under £6 from Sainsbury’s

8 wines under £6 from Sainsbury’s

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.

9 good reds to buy from Marks & Spencer

9 good reds to buy from Marks & Spencer

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

20 top buys from Tesco's current 25% off wine promotion

20 top buys from Tesco's current 25% off wine promotion

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.)

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.

12 good wine buys from Marks & Spencer’s 25% off deal

12 good wine buys from Marks & Spencer’s 25% off deal

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).

12 good wine buys at Waitrose

12 good wine buys at Waitrose

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.

12 good white wines to buy from Marks & Spencer

12 good white wines to buy from Marks & Spencer

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.

10 wines under £10 from Marks & Spencer’s current 25% off deal

10 wines under £10 from Marks & Spencer’s current 25% off deal

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.

10 top white and sparkling wine buys from the current Waitrose offer

10 top white and sparkling wine buys from the current Waitrose offer

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

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 ...

10 of the best wines under £10 from Sainsbury’s current 25% off promotion

10 of the best wines under £10 from Sainsbury’s current 25% off promotion

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.

10 of the best red wines to buy from the current Waitrose offer

10 of the best red wines to buy from the current Waitrose offer

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 - and rioja drinkalike - bargains

Rioja - and rioja drinkalike - bargains

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.

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