Welcome, once more, to the choices for this week’s Top Tips – a feature that highlights wines I consider punch well above their weight for their current price.
And there is an extra post later this week with the debut appearance of the more detailed monthly posts – these lead off with the ever-popular Discounter Discoveries which, this time, focus on new arrivals or vintages at Aldi.
As for today though, my selections come from places as different as inland California and a seriously underestimated corner of France; nevertheless, I think you will enjoy them both.
Once again pictures and hyperlinks are provided to help you make sure you are buying the correct wine.
Starting with a White
2020 Plaimont Côtes de Gascogne (£5.75 – instead of £8 until 1 March at Sainsbury’s):
Left field perhaps but anyone seeking alternatives to Kiwi sauvignon should seriously consider guys like this from Southwest France, especially when talented producers like Plaimont are involved.
Bright and dry with lots of acidity, it has delightful lemon, grapefruit, lime and crisp green apple flavours to provide everything you want from straightforward, zesty, refreshing white wine.
And heading next for a red
2020 Extra Special Zinfandel (currently £6 instead of £7 at Asda):
Californian wines from its most prestigious wine regions can be dear but, as this tasty zinfandel (primitivo in Italy) illustrates, move out to areas like Lodi, near Sacramento, and prices start to become accessible.
Medium bodied with a gentle edge of sweetness, it brings us raspberry and red plum flavours supported by good acidity and soft tannin with hints of aniseed, vanilla and butterscotch.
Two more post this week as Wednesday sees the first of the new monthly “detail” posts that consolidates popular items like Discounter Discoveries, Sunday Best and Pick of the Clicks into one post.
The usual “offers round-up” will therefore move from Thursday to Friday just for this week. I hope to catch up with you on both days.
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