Welcome to the regular Thursday post which, this time, has a slightly different look.
First (and as promised last week) there are the Talent Scouts' reports where you, the subscribers, tell everyone what you have enjoyed and can recommend.
That is followed by the usual review of offers at the main High Street retailers in a briefer format this time as several of you felt that the Promotions Post was getting too long.
As per usual, though, pictures and hyperlinks are included where possible to help guide you towards the exact purchase.
A few weeks ago, I inaugurated a “Talent Scouting” section.
It tunes into the shrewdness and feel for what people will enjoy that so many MidWeek Wines subscribers seem to possess.
All I need is a brief email about wine that ticks boxes for you and I can start the process.
Here are three I have been told about recently.
MidWeeker Dave was so impressed with this that he wanted others to share the enjoyment it has given him.
Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Matured Shiraz is sold by Morrisons at £12 and, after a conventional maturation in wine barrels, is then given additional aging in former whisky barrels to create a rich and smooth wine that observers find delivers plum and blackberry influences with hints of spice.
MidWeeker Richard was taken with this Beaujolais which,as he says, leans very much towards the “serious wines” of the region that he considers represent “great value alternatives to expensive red Burgundies”.
2018 Henry Fessy Fleurie (currently £15.49 at Waitrose) which differs from the lightness often associated with Fleurie to provide wine with aging potential that nicely illustrates where top end Cru Beaujolais wines seem to be heading.
MidWeeker Sandy reported that this Argentinian red was on good form when he tried it recently.
2018 Trapiche Finca Las Palmas Malbec (£12 at Asda) featured, he felt, “tasty blueberry flavours” while one of the wine’s five star ratings on Asda’s website described it as “thick, weighty, and luxurious”.
Keep a note of these wines against the time that they come on offer so you can then enjoy a healthy discount as well as flavoursome wine.
Over to You
Why not join that band of Talent Scouts to develop the “help each other” community that the website has become?
No need for it to be in text just a brief note about the chosen wine’s flavours and other components, I can do the rest.
Here, in a slightly different format, is the latest news about wine promotions.
A fresh promotion – as usual only for Clubcard holders – began on Tuesday and runs through to 23 May and my star recommendation from its content is Yalumba Y Series Viognier (Down from £8.50 to a clubcard price of £7.50).
The promotion here is a couple of weeks old and will continue until 17 May. My recommendation from that list is Plaimont Cȏtes de Gascogne (£6 as against a list price of £8).
My recommendation from this promotion (which is in force until 24 May) is for The Best Toscana which drops in price from £10 to £8.
This retailer has a large selection of multi-buy and price reductions in force on beers, wines and spirits that will run until 18 May and here is a link to see further details. If I had to pick one to recommend to you it would be the Yealands Sauvignon Blanc (reduced from £9 to £7.50).
The promotion here is only part way through so plenty of time before it is due to end on 17 May to catch up with my recommendation from that selection – Bird in Hand Sparkling (now £11.99 instead of £15.99).
The latest Co-op promotion will be in place until 17 May and one of my favourites appears among its deals this time – Muriel Tempranillo Rioja – which is reduced from £8.50 to £6.50.
Remember, though, that this retailer’s structure is complicated by its (often autonomous) local groupings which can mean that prices differ from place to place.
Check the price on the shelf (the definitive one) in any particular store.
If you enjoyed that, call in again Monday when I share my Top Tips on good value options that you may have missed
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