Aldi's new wines reviewed

Aldi Kooliburra ChardonnayThe post-Budget price rise of 10 pence a bottle still hasn’t stopped Aldi’s Budavar Hungarian Chardonnay being the best tasting and best value supermarket white currently around: £3.29 for fruitily-fresh apple, pear and melon flavours with a bit of bubblegum thrown in is such stonking value that you’ll wonder why you have to pay any more. But if you want more choice then I’m afraid you’ll have to.

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Great deals on light whites and lighter reds

clock changeThe move into British Summer Time always leaves me time disorientated but by 7pm this evening I know my system will have accepted the change – I can now listen to The Archers and admire the colour of a glass of lightly chilled white wine without needing to put the light on.

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Screwcaps for springtime

cork and corkscrewSpring is sprung, the grass is ris – I wonder where the corkscrew is? Because I’ve spent all winter not using this archaic piece of machinery and opened bottles with just a flick of the wrist. Screwcaps make getting into a bottle of wine so easy that you wonder why some producers still stopper their products with small pieces of oak tree bark whose primary goal seems to be getting in the way of enjoying wine.

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St. Patrick's Day wines: it's easy being green

shamrock on glassIt's easy being green. So why not help the Irish along on Saint Patrick's Day next Saturday and pour out some naturally green grape refreshment.

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She's worth it: ten quid wines for Mother's Day

grandmaChoosing a gift for next Sunday's Mother's Day is never that easy for sons and daughters, of whatever age. I'm sure you'll not complain when you receive the usual bunch of flowers or box of chocs, but it would be nice to get something rather more personalised wouldn't it? So why not help your children along by dropping subtle, or not, hints that a bottle or two of your favourite wine would be much appreciated.

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Mad March wine offers

wine bottlesBehind the unimaginative supermarket headlines of ‘Mad March Offers’ are some rather good ones involving wine. Asda leads the way with the lowest priced offer wine at £2.48 followed by the Co-op with their own-label Australian wine at £4.25. The big brands are also having a clear out with several supermarkets selling Wolf Blass at a discount, while savings on the posher brands of Villa Maria and Errazuriz can be found at Tesco.

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Bargain of the Year: Castillo de Calatrava

Castillo de Calatrva labelMorrisons Castillo de Calatrava Spanish Tempranillo Crianza is the Bargain of the Year (so far). Paying just £4 for this complex, fruity red is such a stonking deal (within their 3 for £12 offer which starts today) that buying just one bottle is a missed opportunity – my advice is buy as many as your purse will allow.

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Sauternes or tea with pancakes?

Sauternes labelAs you squeeze the lemon juice over your pancakes tomorrow will you be contemplating an accompanying glass of wine or a nice cup of tea? Because wine isn’t the natural partner of choice for the traditional Shrove Tuesday meal. Adding lashings of sugar as well will almost stop the taste buds registering anything else – unless it’s even sweeter or more acidic than each of the pancake toppings. So what wine, if any, matches these criteria?

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Chocolate tasting wine for your Valentine

chocolate squaresThis Valentine’s Day rather than the usual box of chocs and bottle of wine, why not present your loved one with a bottle of wine that tastes of chocolate? To find those cocoa nuances you’ll need a full-bodied red from the warmer parts of Europe, South America or California.

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Inspired Wine: wineboxes reviewed

FishEye wineboxIf you really like a certain wine, rather than buying it in single cork-stoppered bottles why not get larger four bottle-sized amounts available in boxes? But if stepping along to the supermarket seems like too much of a chilly effort then try the online winebox retailer because they’re offering free delivery during February.

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