Valentine wine

wineIt’s really a little late to be sharing a recipe for Valentine’s Day, but it does give me a chance to suggest a couple of very reasonable wine choices that won’t disappoint if you’re on a tight budget. (Apologies to our International friends – these selections are UK only but if you have any suggestions that you enjoy please comment away!)

I enjoy a glass of wine, or perhaps two. I don’t enjoy being taken for a ride by cheap wines with fancy labels, inflated in price then reduced heavily so you think you’re getting a bargain. This seems to be the way of things now, but there are still some honest ‘bargains’ to be found. Here is a couple, one red and the other white:

Co-operative Fairtrade Torrontes Chardonnay is not your average Chardonnay. If you’re looking for the slightly buttery taste of an oaked vintage look elsewhere as this one is fresh, dry and packed with fruit. It’s one of our favourite whites and costs £4.99. Serve well chilled.

If you don’t have a Co-op nearby, or perhaps prefer something a little crisper then Sainsburys House Muscadet (also £4.99) is a great alternative.

Aldi Toscana Rosso is an Italian red that is robust but not too heavy. It has a touch of oak, but it’s not overpowering and really does compare with wines well above its £3.99 price tag. Best opened at least half an hour before drinking otherwise it can taste a little harsh. Serve at room temperature.

If you prefer something a little lighter then Co-operative Cotes du Rhone is very easy drinking and goes down well at £4.19 a bottle.


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