A MidWeek regular, Sam, recently upbraided me for missing the latest M&S multi-buy offer in the parts of the UK where those promotions are allowed.The deal allows customers to save 20% when they buy three bottles until 28 March; the discount rises to 25% when you buy six or more bottles.
So, for Sam and many others, here are some suggestions on what to use those price reductions for; they should be read with the commendations I mentioned last month.
Click on any of the bottles shown for an enlarged image to help you pinpoint the wine on a crowded shelf.
A retro wine successfully reinvents itself
Vinho Verde producers have worked hard (and successfully) to re-invent themselves and to bring us wines that now have more acidity and freshness and less residual sugar than those of yesteryear.
Their 2015 Tapada de Villar Vinho Verde (from £6 – instead of £8.00 – and 10.5% abv) has all the old style gentleness and prickle of effervescence but supplements it with apple based sherbet acidity, floral peach touches and just a hint of savouriness.
Bet you’ve never tried this before.
For a much less orthodox white, try this Slovenian blend that combines the (often) sweet wine variety of furmint with other like minded friends; I think it works rather well.
Fresh and perfumed 2014 Dveri Pax ‘1139' Furmint Pinot Traminer Riesling (from £7.50 – instead of £10 – and 11.5% abv) has zesty pink grapefruit acidity to underpin its crunchy apple and ripe melon fruit but with a textured mace and allspice finish.
Finishing on Fortification
Another MidWeek regular, Ken, asks me to include more sherry and this promotion is an opportunity to put that right with a particularly good example. Oh, and by the way, yet another MidWeeker, Chris, asked me to add alcoholic strength where I can!
Sherry is not an easy sell – partly because of the scars left years ago by bottles of it and other fortified wines maiden aunts kept in the sideboard – but do persevere.
Avoid judging it by the first mouthful when that astringent saline assault can be at its height; all that rapidly gives way to richer and nuttier flavours typical of the less common palo cortado style involved here.
The long and smooth Dry Old Palo Cortado, (from £6 – instead of £8.00 – for a half bottle at 19% abv) has rich almond and orange flavours with supporting suggestions of olives and burnt caramel that altogether make it exceptional quality at this price point.
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