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Something for everyone at Waitrose

Catch up with the varied and reliable batch of promotions that Waitrose have assembled for the rest of May. I have pinpointed four particularly strong examples but there are many more in store to engage the incurable wine browser.

I often think that Waitrose’s schedules of offers are text book examples of what retailers should be promoting. The current list – which runs until 2 June but see the details below – is an eclectic mix of regions, styles and prices with only a small proportion of branded wines. Here are some that I would recommend for you to explore further.

From the 3rd – 9th June Waitrose are running 25% off all their wines (when you choose 6 bottles or more) in all stores outside Scotland and in www.waitrosecellar.com   


Straight forward red wine with depth.

Straight forward Oz Merlot
Straight forward Oz Merlot

We tend to concentrate on Australia’s flagship red wines – shiraz and cabernet – but that unostentatious old workhorse, merlot, also deserves a mention sometimes.

For example, 2013 Deakin Estate Merlot (down from £8.99 to £5.99), from the chardonnay-rich land of Victoria, provides us with a soft, undemanding damson and cherry centred wine with meaty depth, firm acidity, touches of cinnamon and chocolate and subdued tannins.

Thoroughly modern chardonnay

Modern Italian Chardonnay
Modern Italian Chardonnay

Speaking of chardonnay, take a look at a version that is a million miles from the big, ripe, oaky fare that the world has now turned against.

Instead, enjoy Italy’s light, crisp 2013 Alta Italia Chardonnay Vigneti delle Dolomiti (£5.99 – instead of £8.99) with a floral opening, lime and apple fruit but peach centred substance too.

The unconventional side of Italy

Different but impressive
Different but impressive

Sticking with Italy but moving south to Tuscany, I was hugely impressed by 2014 Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignano (reduced £2 to £6.99).

This uses a little known local grape to create a smooth and delicate white with savoury and nutty undertones and a lovely fruity combination of pear consistency, apple freshness and grapefruit based acidity.

And to finish with a sparkle

Great well priced bubbles
Great well priced bubbles

Amid the fanfares that have greeted some of the supermarket own label champagnes (many at super prices), here is one from an excellent Champagne House.

Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne Premier Cru (£19.99 instead of £29.99) greets you with small, busy, bubbles and yeasty aromas that lead into a biscuity backdrop with gentle apple acidity, hints of mint and vanilla, a pleasing creamy structure and savoury depth.


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