I hope everyone had good Christmas and New Year celebrations with plenty of classy wines to lubricate the occasion.
Slowly returning to “business as usual” at MidWeek Wines, today’s post uses a Top Tips format to help nurse wounded wallets back to financial health.
To that end, once again my first column of the year tries to highlight wines with especially keen prices.
Nobody will be surprised to learn though that, as almost everything gets dearer, most wines that I can confidently recommend now start between £6 and £7.
Expectations do need to be managed accordingly.
In other news, next Thursday sees my annual consideration of wines to help celebrate Burns Night (25 January).
After that, Top Tips will occupy its customary place as each Monday morning’s companion to birdlife’s dawn chorus.
As usual the images and hyperlinks that appear below should help you to find the wines in crowded displays.
First call today is France’s Loire Valley
2021 Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire (£6.49 at Lidl):
This French sauvignon from Lidl remains particularly good value at £6.49 and shows how wandering away from the classic areas further upriver can keep prices modest.
Restrained with a mild chalky foundation, it contains soft mango, red apple and pear drop flavours supported by gentle lemon and grapefruit acidity.
Grassy and herbal elements also join the party.
- Restrained with chalky touches.
- Mango, apple and pear drop flavours.
- Gentle citrus acidity.
- Grassy and herbal elements appear too.
- Available at a great on-going price.
Then to Spain for another bargain
2020 Campaneo Old Vines Tempranillo (£5 in Tesco or £5.63 in Scotland):
In a welcome exception to my £6 rule, here is a great value, easy drinking, straightforward, unpretentious Spanish red.
Dark in colour and with very limited tannin, it is centred around cedar influenced cherry, loganberry and bramble flavours.
These are attractively embellished by traces of vanilla, rosemary and cinnamon wrapped in good acidity.
- Dark with cedar influences.
- Blackberry, cherry and loganberry flavours.
- Good acidity but only gentle tannin.
- Rosemary, vanilla and cinnamon components emerge too.
- Exceptional wine at less than £6.
Make sure you tune in next Thursday when I reveal my recommendations for red and white wines. beer and whisky to enhance Burns Night celebrations.
Subscribe for FREE!
Do you want every review I write, direct to your inbox, absolutely free?