You'll need to move quickly to enjoy the discounts and promotions currently running at many of the high street retailers but the bottles mentioned below – including this week's top tips – are worth the effort, particularly if you are stocking up for Christmas.
2020 Taste the Difference Pecorino Terre di Chieti (£6 – instead of £7 until 2 November – at Sainsburys)
After the splendid 2019 Pecorino-based white wines from Italy’s Abruzzo region, this new vintage version is equally impressive.
Floral yet joyously uncomplicated, it underpins everything with freshness and herbal components that integrate well with its bright, lemon-based acidity, crisp apple flavours, peachy sweetness and, ultimately, long, lingering finish.
2020 Best Bush Vine Cinsault (£6 – instead of £8.25 until 2 November at Morrisons)
Cinsault is a heat resistant grape that prospers in South Africa. This version from the Swartland region is medium bodied and light in colour with limited tannin.
It has surprisingly powerful liquorice influenced savoury bursts to add contrast to its juicy plum and cherry flavours and supplementary sharp acidity.
Current offers and promotions
Tomorrow sees the end of the current ‘Buy 6 and save 25%‘ offer at Sainsbury's. It includes a number of good buys like the 2021 version of this Sauvignon, which is also discounted on individual bottles:
- Yealands Sauvignon Blanc (Drops to £7.75 until 2 November)
The promotion at Morrisons also ends tomorrow. Look out for this smooth, fruity red:
- The Best Douro Red (Down to £6.50 until 2 November)
The offers at Waitrose are also ending tomorrow. Snap up this South African red blend if you can find it before the promotion ends:
- Zalze Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier (Drops to £5.99 until 2 November)
- Extra Special Malbec (Down to £6 until 3 November)
At other retailers
The current promotion at M&S ends today. As do the autumn offers at Majestic. The discounts at Co-op continue for another week and the Clubcard offers at Tesco are on until the middle of November. See last week's round-up for details and my highlights or here for Tesco's Clubcard deals.
Look out for Thursday's post when I run the rule over the latest additions to Waitrose “Lost & Found” range that centres on lesser-known grape varieties.
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