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A zesty Italian white and reliable rioja both worth hunting down on the high street.

Today’s post is simply a quick look around the main High Street retailers to pinpoint wines that I consider represent especially good value for money.

The aim is to find something that meets one of MidWeek Wines’ prime objectives – guiding subscribers through the wine aisles to hone in on something tasty but not expensive.

The pictures should help you spot the wines in question among a crowded display.

2018 Loriato Trebbiano (£5.99 – instead of £7.49 until 18 February – at Waitrose and 12%):

Compile a list of Italy’s most exciting white grapes and I fancy you would look in vain for trebbiano but this version from Emilia Romagna is a really nice bottle that punches well above its £6 price point.

Here is a link to the retailer’s web site.

I was impressed by the zesty citrus acidity and long finish to this wine that nicely supports its red apple and ripe tropical fruit backbone and combination of savoury spices and edge of sweetness.

2016 Taste the Difference Vinedos Barrihuelo Rioja Crianza (£6.50 – instead of £7.75 until 16 February – at Sainsbury’s and 13.5%):

This old favourite from the consistently reliable Bodegas Muriel operation usually seems to hit the spot and represents especially good value at this discounted price.

Here is a link to the retailer’s website.

With floral aromas and herbal centred depth, this red delivers nutty cherry and damson fruit with gentle acidity but firm tannin and a backdrop of black pepper and cedar components.

And here is a link to Morrisons website giving more details of the promotion I told you about on Monday. I don’t think the other two retailers featured have full details of their current promotions on their websites.

Since no new promotions begin next week, our next post will be on Wednesday when I look at what to buy for Valentines Day – and why those wines may be good options.

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