Welcome back to my Top Tips post where I smoke out wines that, to me, currently represent exceptional value for money.
A helping hand is particularly important during inflationary times when good value can be especially elusive.
Inflation can be double edged. When prices do not go up that can be because quality has come down.
Here though are two well-made wines at surprisingly modest prices that really do offer good value among those often confusing “wine aisle mazes”.
Pictures and hyperlinks are provided where possible to help guide you towards the specific wine being discussed.
Another inexpensive Tesco option
Today, we again rummage through Tesco’s under £5 range to find another good value option.
This time our prize is a white from the massive wine producing area around Venezie in north-eastern Italy.
Alpine influences there give its wines a freshness that can be much rarer further south and that is especially relevant with pinot grigio.
Scented and very light, that region’s 2021 Caparelli Pinot Grigio (£4.50 at Tesco) brings us bright but simple red apple and peach flavours agreeably enlivened by grapefruit acidity.
Have to hurry for this one
A little haste is fully justified though for this Argentinean malbec because “Barrel Select” indicates that this is a cut above basic malbec.
And its impressive awards certainly confirm that view – as do my taste buds.
Dark and intense, 2021 Las Moras Barrel Select Malbec (£6.25 – instead of £8.25 until tomorrow at the Co-op) contains smooth loganberry, damson and blackcurrant flavours.
Those elements are nicely supported by lively acidity (but limited tannin) and touches of oregano, dark chocolate and aniseed.
See you again on Thursday folks for an update on promotions and ideas on wines a notch or so up the ladder.
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