supermarket winesThe recession is making many of us rethink our spending habits and, naturally, the supermarkets have cottoned on to this big time. Even the likes of Marks and Spencer is getting in on the act telling us how cheap it is to dine with them while drinking their half-price champagne. But there are better wine deals out there, you just need to know where to look.

grapesStart at Tesco. Their month-long Spring Festival starts on April 15th with many wines being reduced to half price, with the Australian aisle having the biggest bargains. Hardy's posh brand 'Hardy's Crest', normally a tenner a bottle, is down to £5 while lesser-know brand Calloway will retail at £3.99 during the Festival.

If you've time move on to the smaller supermarket chains. They too are full of half-price wine bargains at the moment – try Somerfield for Mare Picollo French Vins de Table red, white and rosé down to £2.99 until April 21st, while the Co-op has Island Vines Cyprus White down 75p a bottle to £3.49. Its fresh and zingy flavours will match your lighter mood and food.

More holiday destination wine bargains can be found at Waitrose during their Mediterranean Wine Showcase running until May 17th – save £3 a bottle on Vilana white from Crete and enjoy its lime and citrus flavours for £5.49, while cherry-flavoured Greek Skouras rosé is down £2 to £7.99 during the promotion.beach

But still the best way to bag a bargain is to buy in bulk. At Netto this week 3-litres of reliable Aussie Banrock Station rosé is just £9.99, equivalent to £2.50 a bottle.

PG Wine Tips

Still got space in your recession-hit trolley? The following offer wines are worth a punt.trolley

£3.99 and under
Blossom Hill Signature Red and White, £3.33 (3 for £10)
Tesco (down from £4.99 until May 17th during wine Spring Festival)

Smooth red and aromatic, crispy white for everyday drinking. Can't go wrong at three quid a bottle.

Blossom Hill Ruby Cabernet, £3.99

Spend another 66p a bottle and get a bit more oomph – Morello cherry and spice flavours that go well with pizza and pasta.


£5.99 and under
Terra Organica Chenin Blanc/Terra Organica Bonarda, £4.29
Somerfield (down from £5.29 until April 21st)

They're organic, Argentinian and a bargain. The full-bodied Chenin Blanc tastes wonderfully like ripe pears sprinkled with cinnamon, while the Bonarda red would be at home in an Italian pizzeria with its soft raspberry flavours.

Co-op Explorer's Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay, £4.99
Co-op (down from £5.99 until April 19th)

Classy New Zealand white tasting of ripe peach and biscuit. Great with green Thai curry.


Costs a bit more, but tastes great
Bonterra Merlot, £7.32
Waitrose (down from £10.99 until April 21st)

Big name, big flavours in this organic Californian red. Rich blackberry and cherry fruitiness with a touch of marjoram and bay leaf bring about a huge depth of flavour.