Today, I return to my Friday Treat and Sunday Best features.
Both are designed to open up a “staircase” to the more complex wines that become available when you spend just a little more.
Such wines significantly enhance most occasions and add a touch of luxury to times that are particularly special.
But for many people there is a risk – “will I be disappointed after that extra spending?”
That is where these features come to your aid.
I take special care to ensure that they only include wines I know are reliable in quality and sound value for money.
You can, I am convinced, buy them with confidence.
Read on then and do keep coming back for more of the same.
Over a couple of months, these recommendations will be more than just a ladder to increasingly satisfying wines.
They will also push most people’s wine drinking pleasure and savviness up several notches.
Also today is a “Breaking News” Report from Eddie on an Asda promotion.
Adopting my traditional format, images and – where possible – hyperlinks accompany the assessments of the wines.
2020 Adnams Douro Red (£9.99 at Adnams and 14% abv):
- Smooth red wine from the Port producing area.
- Never underestimate the Douro Valley.
- Soft red plum and cherry flavours.
- Good acidity as well as firm tannin.
- Hints of sweetness but minerality too.
Amid the justified excitement about Portugal’s latest Dao and Lisboa wines, never overlook offerings from the Douro Valley.
That region’s long tradition producing port from the fruits of steeply terraced vineyards gives the Douro Valley an inside track when it comes to creating distinctive table wines like this.
Smooth and reassuringly soft, it delivers floral cherry and red plum flavours supported by firm tannin and good acidity.
Additional embellishments come in the form of slate edges (that add minerality) and just a modicum of molasses to provide a trace of sweetness.
2022 Yealand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (£9.49 – instead of £11.99 until 11 April – at Waitrose and 12.5%):
- Try this “reserve” special from Yealands.
- No ordinary sauvignon this.
- It has viscous apple and peach flavours.
- Tart acidity with extra complexity too.
- And on offer until 11 April.
Although the term “Reserve” has no official meaning in this wine’s Marlborough homeland, it usually signifies something a bit special.
Sometimes superior batches of grapes have been selected – or the fruit has been sourced from one favoured vineyard.
Or it is the meticulously crafted winemaking that makes the difference.
Whatever the reason, the result is normally a step up from a winery's standard offering.
That is certainly so in the texture and flavour range in evidence here.
Aromatic with lovely viscosity, it brings us smooth apple and peach flavours coupled with tart grapefruit acidity.
Best of all, though, is an impressive complexity that includes ripeness, herbal influences and mellowing edges of sweetness.
Eddie the Eagle Eyed Report
The Latest Asda 25% off buy 6 bottles has started and runs until April 9th.
Asda's strength … as is Sainsbury's … is that the 25% reduction often applies where there are already “rollback” discounts – providing a “double-dip”.
In that case, these combined reductions can sometimes amount to a total of 45% even 50% being saved.
That makes it easy to apply Brian's philosophy of trying to ”trade up” on the potential quality of what we are generally otherwise drinking.
Thus, that £10 top-shelf bottle might become a more easily affordable £5.50.
So can I mention here a favourite of mine that really does deliver this way . ……. Via Vincini Gran Rosso normally £8 is down to £6, hence £4.50 that is an absolute steal in my book – super wine for an amazing price!
Having said that if we were looking towards stocking up on a mixed case of your cheap-and-cheerful favourites, then Torres Sangre de Toro at £4.50 becomes unarguable value to accompany a stew or pizza, pasta or chilli.
And, for a white ….. Feteasca Regala at £4.12 ….. to partner a salmon fillet is right on the mark.
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