Autumn wines

autumn leafAutumn has started. Falling leaves and falling temperatures means a diet of comfort food is now required. A good pork sausage, a bottle of red wine and an extremely large dollop of creamy mashed potato should do the trick.

sausage and mashProper mashed potato made with stove-top boiled King Edwards (I find traditional boiling always gives better results than microwaved cooked potatoes), butter, cream and a grind of salt and black pepper will smooth down rough reds made with high tannin grape varieties like Grenache, Syrah and young Cabernet Sauvignons.

But sausage snacks needn't only match red wines. Sausage sarnies or a simple meal of fried sausage and egg match both Brown Sauce and white wine wonderfully - slightly acidic and lemony-tasting whites from France or Italy make very sausage-friendly wines.

And if you're still not sure whether to go for a white or red, then try a rosé. Rosé wine has enough strength of flavour to match most meats and refreshing white wine qualities that help wash down a meal.

PG Wine Tips

£3.99 and under

There are still some good bottles to be found that cost the same as a couple of National Lottery tickets.

Crux Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
£3.99 Morrisons (down from £9.99 until September 26th, maximum 6 bottles per customer)

It’s gooseberry Jim and just as we know it. So if you don’t like that particular fruit then choose something else, otherwise enjoy the sharpness.

£5.99 and under

There are a few fruity, slurpable wines among the forgettable masses.

Spar Australian Chardonnay Semillon
2 for £8 Spar (down from £4.69 until September 15th)

Buttery, nutty and peachy. Great quaffing wine.

roseAnjou Blanc
£4.29 Morrisons (down from £4.79 until September 26th)

Low alcohol and low price. Just 11.5% alc. by volume in this easy-drinking white. Apple, lemon and honey flavours are a match to grilled chicken and salads.

Spar Italian Valpolicella
£4.49 Spar (down from £5.69 until September 15th)

Another 11.5% wine but red this time. Fruity blackberry with lots of black pepper flavours. This wine needs food. Preferably pizza.

Arniston Bay South African Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
£4.79 Morrisons (down from £6.29 until September 26th)

Complex wine with raspberry, dark chocolate and burnt toast flavours. Enjoy with whatever you want.

Shelter Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
£5.99 Sainsbury’s (down from £9.99 until September 14th)

A lighter Sauvignon than Morrisons’ Crux. Fresh but not tart gooseberry flavours with lemon, lime and butter for balance. A versatile wine.

This article has appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on Mature Times