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This week’s top tips and current promotions

Many of the promotions in place for the Bank Holiday weekend finish today or tomorrow, see below for dates and details. You'll also find my top tips of the week which include an aromatic and zesty Pinot Grigio and a smooth Rioja both currently on offer.

2020 Roco Murer Trentino Pinot Grigio (£6 – instead of £7 until 4 May – at Sainsbury’s)

Pinot Grigio has many styles. Serious Pinot Gris from New Zealand and Alsace is rivalled by ripe, floral, peach-based options from Central Italy and fresher more acidic versions (like this one) from more northerly parts of that country.

Aromatic with an attractive zestiness, it brings orange and melon flavours embellished by lively lemon acidity and a pithy, apple peel substance balanced with savoury components.

2016 Morrisons Best Rioja Reserva (£7 instead of £8.75 until 4 May – at Morrisons)

Reserva is the second highest level on Rioja’s wine aging hierarchy (beneath Gran Reserve) and the consequent maturation process smooths this example out delightfully without blunting its fruit-like elements.

It delivers cherry and damson flavours with balanced tannin, good acidity, hints of vanilla, allspice and mint with a nicely contrasting background that combines a touch of sweetness with savoury edges.

Current promotions

At Sainsbury's

Today is the final day of the current promotion at Sainsbury's and so is the last chance to save £2 on this fresh French white:

At Majestic

Discounts on selected Rioja and New Zealand wines at Majestic also finish today. See some of the highlights in their Buy 6 and save up to 25% promotion.

At Morrisons

Current offers at Morrisons are due to end this week. This bottle is worth seeking out if you are shopping before the discounts finish:

At Waitrose

Another Spring Bank Holiday promotion coming to an end this week, and another good value white to look for among the offers:

At Co-op

And now to a new promotion that started last week at the Co-op and is expected to run until 18 May. This popular Sauvignon is included but do check your local store for availability:

In this Thursday's post we take a look at under-the-radar wines. The unfamiliar names that I think are worth taking for a “taste drive”.

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David Cronin

Love that Rioja Brian !, It stands out amongst a lot of mediocre supermarket offerings, for £7 great value (good even at full price) , do you know is this from the Baron de Ley stable ,Muriel or Eguia ( a little confusing). As you say lots bright fruit and acidity but still with that trade mark unmistakable Rioja flavour. As a side, I think you’ve highlighted the Marques de los Rios Rioja Blanco (also from Morrisons) as well in the past (now that is excellent)

Brian Elliott

Agree about the white rioja and I believe that the reserva is from Muriel …. Thanks for sharing your thoughts – always really helpful….. Brian

Steve Shaw

How can a Rioja Reserva be “2020,” Brian? The bottles in Bude Morrisons are all 2016…

Brian Elliott

Quite right Steve – my apologies. A combination of fat finger and addled Bank Holiday brain! Content duly amended – to 2016 – with many thanks for pointing the error …. Best …. Brian

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