Tesco put top level Prosecco on offer

Tesco refreshed its promotions a few days ago with its familiar cocktail of fizz, branded wines and 18-20 lines from its Finest* premium brand. They include a great value Spanish red and – to me – one of the best modestly priced Proseccos on the market.

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Budget Wines at Ongoing Prices

Finances are often a bigger worry than usual in the period after Christmas so here is my “Double Five” review of budget wines; the quest is for five decent offerings at ongoing prices of less than a fiver – not just as part of a time limited “special offer”. While these are definitely not “here …

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February Tesco Promotion

Here are one or two highlights from the recent Tesco promotion  – with the focus on the very straight forward “crowd pleasers” most of us need sometime! They include decidely un-bland pinot grigio (the usual complaint) along with fully (and delightfully) reconstructed riesling. Although many of the discounts on these promotions have now expired, the …

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Majestic February offers

The Majestic Spring Promotions are now under way. To underline their commitment to less expensive wines, it contains a reasonable selection of wines around £5 or £6. Here, then, are some highlights from the promotion across a range of price points. Unless my notes say so the quoted prices apply when you buy two or …

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Burns Night Whisky

Even allowing for taste buds de-sensitised by the higher alcohol levels, it is obvious that some of the whiskies destined for next Saturday’s Burn Night celebrations match haggis better than others. Most successful alliances seem to avoid excessive smokiness or dominance but do contain elements of spice and sweetness – often courtesy of ex-sherry casks. …

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Fairtrade

Amazingly, it is now ten year since the Co-operative started its current Fairtrade wine range – and total sales figures for that period now top the 35 million bottle mark. The company are the indisputable leaders in the field retailing more Fairtrade wine than all the other UK participants in the scheme put together. Although …

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Wood Finishes

Part of the magic of whisky comes from the sheer length of time it takes to mature. Decades can pass as the cask and its content work through that complex two-way process that mellows the harshest of the spirit components while, simultaneously, introducing colour and a range of flavours. Most barrels used for aging whisky …

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Aitken

DUNDEE is changing. Gone are the days of jute, jam and journalism and instead we find the “City of Discovery”, centred around computer games, medical research and a regenerated waterfront. Since Victorian times however the pain of any such changes has been greatly soothed by the wines and whiskies of the City’s own Aitken Wines.  …

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Budget Wines

After the inevitable extravagances of Christmas, comes the reckoning – often in the form of the January Visa bill. That, however, need not mean embracing an austere, bleak life-style that forswears wine for ever. Take a look instead at the “financial emergency” six pack I have assembled here. All are decent wines, cost less than …

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Champany

Everyone from (allegedly) the First Minister down knows how fantastic Linlithgow’s Champany Inn steaks are. Fewer people, however, know about Champany Cellars – the Inn’s on-site retail shop. Nevertheless, many happy diners from the restaurant – or the less formal Chop House – already clank home with a half-case “carry out” to help them re-create …

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