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The current promotion is now well under way and will not expire until 23 May. As is now normal for the retailer, the price reductions are only available to Clubcard holders. My star recommendation is the delightfully fresh, ginger and apricot influenced Yalumba Y Series Viognier (down from £8.50 to £7.50).
See the Talent Scout Update below however.
Since the Sainsbury’s promotion ends on 17 May, this weekend’s weekly shop could be the last chance to get the reduced price on the herbal and textured blend of sauvignon and colombard provided by my recommended Plaimont Cȏtes de Gascogne (£6 as against a list price of £8).
Also just one more week to go on Asda’s substantial set of multi-buy offers and price reductions (from Fever Tree Tonic to Budweiser lager and Bombay Sapphire gin) and here is a link to see further details. Among the wines, I would recommend, try the soft, perfumed gooseberry and mango components of Yealands Sauvignon Blanc (reduced from £9 to £7.50).
Roughly half time in the Morrisons promotion that runs until 24 May and one of my firm favourites remains the medium bodied, cherry and rose centred The Best Toscana which drops in price from £10 to £8.
Another set of deals finishing next week is the customarily extensive promotion at Waitrose (and this link will show you its content). The smart buy in this promotion is the “ideal for summer” aromatic, strawberry centred rosé fizz of Bird in Hand Sparkling (now £11.99 instead of £15.99).
The final member of the “Last Chance Saloon” group of promotions with less than a week to run is this one at most (but not all) Co-op stores and, for my top recommendation there, it is hard to better the complex, smoky cherry flavours of Muriel Tempranillo Rioja – which is reduced from £8.50 to £6.50.
Talent Scout Update
In case you missed it in last week’s comments section, MidWeeker Fred responded to my Talent Scout request with this report:
“A wine that ticks my box and is on offer at Tesco (for Clubcard members only) down from £9 to £7 is Montes Reserva Chardonnay 2020.
This is a delightful Chilean chardonnay which is fruit driven with the perfect balance of acidity (at least for me!) It should go down well with lovers of this grape.”
[Montes is a respected producer and recent chardonnay vintages in Chile have been good, so Fred seems right on the money here but do give the wine a try – and report back on what you find …. Brian]
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So what’s next? Well, Monday sees my current Top Tips for wines at especially modest prices while Thursday brings you another round-up of High Street promotions.
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