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This week’s top tips and current promotions

A young Rioja that can hold its own, plus an aromatic Alsace Pinot Blanc.

A young but impressive Rioja and an aromatic Alsace Pinot Blanc are my top supermarket wine tips this week. I also bring you news of a fresh promotion at Waitrose plus details of Asda’s two-for-£10 summer offer.

2018 Pierre Jaurant Pinot Blanc (£5.99 at Aldi):

Designed to offer customers a reliable and good value range of French wines, Aldi’s Pierre Jaurant brand has added this excellent Alsace Pinot Blanc to rival its (largely sold out) Languedoc Pinot Gris.

Aromatic with good lemon acidity, the apple and peach fruit is underpinned by a zesty sherbet texture, hints of spice and an edge of sweetness.

2018 Muriel Vendimia Seleccionada Rioja (£6.50 – instead of £8.50 until 11 August – at the Co-op):

Although Bodegas Muriel produces excellent traditional Rioja, this “Selected Harvest” version is slightly different.

While most Rioja blends at least two grape varieties, this one is exclusively Tempranillo. It also hasn’t had the usual Rioja aging time. The result, however, is impressive. A wine with good acidity, medium bodied cherry and loganberry flavours but soft tannin.

Current promotions

At Waitrose

The following wines are on offer as part of a new promotion at Waitrose running until 25 August. For the complete range, see in-store or online at Waitrose.com

At Asda

Until 12 August, Asda is offering two-for-£10 deals on 14 wines across its range. Along with many of the usual suspects, the deal includes the excellent Bodacious Big Red, which I have recommended before.

See below for a selection of red, white and pinks included (along with their usual price). Check online or in-store for the full range but note, multi-buy deals aren’t permitted in Scotland or Wales.

Tune in again on Thursday when we explore a seriously underestimated corner of France that produces great value wine and much more besides.

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