GOT SOME BOTTLE?
The perfect white T-shirt. New shoes that don’t rub on the first day. Calorie-free burgers, and a totally banging bottle of wine that costs less than £10 (and can be grabbed on your way home from work). Well, one out of four ain’t bad, huh?
LIDL CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE BLANC NV, £7.99
This bottle of fizz has just won the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) ‘Silver Outstanding’ award. The same accolade won by Veuve Clicquot 2008 vintage champagne (that usually retails for around £50!). What’s more, it’s produced the same way as champagne using the same method and the same grapes. The only difference? You’ve got more money to spend on Kettle Chips.
MARKS & SPENCER NEW YORK WHITE, £9
Bordeaux, Alsace… NYC? It might be known for many things, but being the home of wine isn’t one. Which makes this crisp, zesty white perfect fodder for dinner-party chat. Tell them it’s produced at the oldest winery in the US, in the Hudson Valley. Also tell them it cost more than it did, and lap up the extra compliments.
TESCO FINEST VIÑA DEL CURA RIOJA RESERVA 2012, £8.50
The onset of autumn means one thing – plenty more excuses to crack open a bottle of red. This one most recently won Gold at the International Wine Challenge Awards 2017 (IWC) and was also voted best value red wine. Goes excellently with roast lamb or the last summer BBQ.
WAITROSE PECORINO TERRE DI CHIETI ABRUZZO, £7.99
No, we’ve not lost our minds and recommended an £8 block of cheese. As well as being a welcome addition to any pasta dish, Pecorino is a lesser-known indigenous Italian grape variety. It’s floral and light, goes brilliantly with fish and has sheep on the bottle. What more do you want?
ASDA EXTRA SPECIAL SANGIOVESE ROSÉ, £8.98
We’re basically rosé super-brains now, so put all that wine IQ from the previous page to good use and bring this bad boy to your next girl gathering. Key words to use when describing: delicate, fruity, creamy. The words others might use to describe you, should you do this? Unprintable.