TwitterIt had to happen. Tweeting has been added to my vocabulary. Since 2008 my once-a-week column on Mature Times has been finding and recommending tasty wines. And now all that is available daily through Twitter. Every day I’ll tweet a tasting note on a supermarket wine and odds-on it’ll be the one I’ve just matched to my evening meal. So I’ll also let you know what nosh goes with what wine.

And if the wine has been marked down by a couple of pounds a bottle, even better. Because good wine needn't be an expensive business, but working your way through the bland and disappointing can be. That's where I come in. I'll sort out the bargains from the you've-got-to-be-kidding bottles for you. Only wines that pass the taste test and are easily available will get recommended here and on Twitter.

Twitter sign inIt’s free and relatively easy to follow me at http://twitter.com/huxelrebe but you’ll need to create a Twitter account first. Just click on Sign Up on the Twitter homepage and fill in the online form. Find other wine reviewers and news through the ‘hash tag’ #winereview or #wine.

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.

Sainsbury’s South African Chenin Blanc
£3.79 Sainsbury’s

Apple, peach and apricot aromas with flavours of bubblegum and butter pastry.

Vina PomalVina Maipo Chilean Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
£3.99 Sainsbury’s (down from £7.99 until August 31st)

Smoky aromas with chewy berry fruit and cocoa flavours. Match with Bolognese and garlic bread.

£5.99 and under

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

Spar Italian Soave
£4.49 Spar (down from £4.99 until September 15th)

Quaffable wine. Creamy hawthorn aromas with apple and melon flavours. There’s a touch of pear-skin tannin and astringency to balance it all out.

Costs a bit more, but tastes great

Sometimes a bottle of wine tastes so fab it's still a bargain whatever it costs.

Tesco Finest Italian Bonotto Raboso
£6.99 Tesco

Dark red wine with gravy and cigar smoke aromas, followed with spicy damson and blackcurrant flavours.

Ernst Loosen German Riesling 2009
£6.98 Asda

Medium-sweet wine with toffee apple flavours. Very low in alcohol – only 8.5%.

Calloway Crossing Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
£8.99 Tesco

Juicy flavours of blackcurrant, cherry and plum jam.

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

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