In many ways the European tradition of vin ordinaire chimes well with the rationale behind this website.
In most wine-producing countries, drinking what they create (in sensible qualities) has often been, literally, an “every day” occurrence.
Of course, there will be superior local wines for meals that are a little bit special.
These can range from family Sunday lunches to exceptional birthday events.
For “normal” days, though, all that is needed is affordable, easy drinking wine that makes no claims to complexity or longevity.
This is where the drift of these observations converges with MidWeek Wines.
My Top Tip recommendations of unpretentious but good value wines represent a UK version of the vin ordinaire of wine producing areas.
So do read on for two choice that fit the ordinaire template perfectly.
Meanwhile, the Friday Treat and Sunday Best selections continue to be available for one or other of those “superior events”.
Adopting my traditional format, images and, where possible, hyperlinks accompany the assessments of those wines.
First stop is South Africa
2022 De Luxe Chenin Blanc (£5.99 at Lidl – but may currently be available at £5.49):
One grape that fits the ordinaire model well is the South African incarnation of chenin blanc.
This version of chenin forms part of the recently re-introduced and impressive De Luxe core wine range at Lidl.
Textured with a tasty savoury balance, its foundation centres on fresh greengage, nectarine and red apple flavours.
These are joined and enhanced by attractive lemon curd and vanilla components.
On to typical ordinaire country
2020 Louis Raynald Cȏtes du Rhȏne (£5.19 at Morrisons):
The main virtues of classic red vin ordinaire are that it is approachable, good value, medium bodied and has lively fruit flavours.
Yes, France’s Rhone Valley, I have your wines in mind – and especially this one!
Dark and warm, it has nutty cherry, plum and olive flavours as its cornerstone.
Those elements are supported here by good acidity and gentle tannin along with suggestions of clove, peppercorn and mocha.
The next post (on Thursday) reveals my suggestions for a pair of Friday Night treats to ease you into the weekend – as one of thse “superior events” today’s post discusses.
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