My top tips this week include a classic Umbrian white and a crowd-pleasing red from the Abruzzo hills – both around £6. And my regular round-up of supermarket offers includes more good value bottles, this time from Asda, Morrisons, M&S and Majestic.
2018 Orvieto Classico (£6 at the Co-op)
With dozens of ancient caves, Umbria’s Orvieto city was historically a great place to produce quality, matured wine. Even today, its wines can be a bit special like this attractively dry version from the region’s original (Classico) vineyards.
It is an uncomplicated but nicely rounded white wine providing floral, apple and pear flavours with suggestions of mint and nuts built into its savoury finish but with refreshing acidity too.
2018 Finest Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (£6 – instead of £7 for Tesco Clubcard holders)
Montepulciano grapes are a reliable source of sound “middle of the road” Italian red wine, and this is a particularly good illustration of why it ticks boxes for so many people.
Aromatic and soft, it delivers medium bodied cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant flavours coupled with good acidity (but gentle tannin) and traces of cocoa, aniseed and liquorice.
Current offers and promotions
Running until 11 August, the current promotion at Asda includes this fresh white from Chile's reliable Luis Felipe Edwards stable:
- Luis Felipe Edwards Reserva Chardonnay (Down to £5.50 until 11 August)
This ever dependable red is among the current offers at Marks & Spencer. Available instore at the discounted price until the middle of August:
- Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Drops to £6 until 13 August)
The current promotion at Morrisons is running until next week. This red, which we enjoyed in an earlier vintage, is included among the discounts:
- The Best Nerello Mascalese (Down to £5.50 until 27 July)
Don't forget, the 25% off Definition wines offer finishes today at Majestic but do note, the discount is only valid in parts of the UK where multi-buys are permitted. This one was our highlight:
- Definition Valpolicella Ripasso (25% off when you ‘mix six' until 19 July)
At other retailers
A new offer starts this week at Lidl. Look out for Thursday's post where we pick our best buys from the promotion.
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