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A pair of new world wines for you to enjoy today, both on offer until 4 July

Taken together today’s recommendations will save you over £3 if you act this week.

But price is not the only problem for wine shoppers.

The sheer volume of options can be overwhelming while quality doubts often surround something not tried before.

So, tackling the consequent uncertainties is another goal for this site.

For example, my personal experience enables less impressive options to have been filtered out already.

That leaves only wines I think you can buy with confidence.

Equally, all wines featured have been tasted so they are personal recommendations based on tight quality criteria.

Furthermore, seeing reasons for selections, helps you to narrow down choices on the next shopping trip.

Three more reasons why subscribing to MidWeek Wines was such a smart move.

But, then, I would think that wouldn’t I!

Today’s fruits of that selection process combine one well-established name with a less familiar one that, nevertheless, ticks many of the right boxes.

As is normal here, pictures and hyperlinks are provided where possible to guide you straight to the right wine on shelf or web page.

Keeping up the good work

2022 Camino del Angel Chardonnay (£5.75 – instead of £6.25 until 4 July – at Sainsbury’s and 13% abv):

Recent chardonnay vintages from Chile have been impressive and here is evidence that versions from 2022 could be equally good.

Bright with just a mild twist of sweetness, it brings us medium bodied apple, peach and pear flavours.

Those components are neatly combined with pithy grapefruit acidity and the merest trace of vanilla.

On to Australia

2019 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet (£7.49 – as a My Waitrose price instead of £9.99 until 4 July – and 14.5%): 

Dr Christopher Penfold started producing wine almost two centuries ago and his successors are now responsible for several iconic wines under that label.

This is their entry level red, and it will delight with its rich cherry, blueberry, sweet spice, oaky vanilla, and creamy texture.

Vibrant acidity to keep it fresh and lively completes the picture of reliable quality wine currently at an especially good value price.

After today’s focus on the less expensive end of the wine world, take a step up to compare three levels of Beaujolais when we meet again on Thursday.

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3 Responses

  1. Finding good wine at a fair price amongst the myriad of dross sold by [insert name of large supermarket chain] is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
    I am so grateful Brian, that you are doing that job for me. I hope your liver keeps well for you!

  2. Glad to hear that the site is working for you. From last liver test results (“Normal”), mine seems to be of industrial design. I do meet it halfway though, by spitting a lot of samples.

  3. Morning Brian … prescient that Camino del Angel Chardonnay as Sainsbury’s announce a 25% off buy 6 bottles starting on Wednesday that should bring it down to an astonishing £4.31 until July 2nd. Cheers for now …

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