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This week’s top tips and current promotions

Two Italian classics - at a great price.

An impressive Verdicchio and a smooth Primitivo are my top tips of the week – and both great value around the £6 mark. Read on and you’ll also find my picks from some of the current supermarket wine promotions.

2019 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico (£6 – instead of £6.50 until 26 January – at Morrisons)

As they did with the previous vintage, Morrisons has acquired (and has currently even discounted) an impressive example of Italy’s Marche region signature white.

It’s fresh and delicate in texture but supplements that lightness with apple, nectarine and dried fruit flavours, gentle lemon acidity and savoury nuttiness. Move quickly though, the discount ends tomorrow.

2019 Castellore Italian Negroamaro Primitivo (£4.99 at Aldi)

Meanwhile, in Southern Italy, we find this great value marriage between two grape varieties, merged here to produce smooth, ripe red wine with hints of sweetness behind its loganberry and cherry flavours.

Supplementing the fruit are baking spice and liquorice elements with sharp acidity but only minimal tannin. 

Current promotions

At Sainsbury’s

A new promotion started at Sainsbury’s last week and its components have varied expiry dates between 5 and 9 February. One in particular to look out for:

  • Sheep Hill Shiraz Malbec (Drops £1 to £6) – a fruit driven (but admittedly lightly textured) red on offer until 9 February.

At Morrisons

Morrisons also have a new set of deals running from Wednesday until 16 February. See their website for full details. My highlight is:

  • The soft and fresh Klein Street Chardonnay – usually £6.50 but available on a “two for £10” (for legal reasons, only in England).

At Tesco

Tesco seem poised to start a new promotion tomorrow and we should be able to say more about its content next week.

At Waitrose

And to complete the set, remember the current Waitrose promotion ends tomorrow.

Drop by again on Thursday when we look at my picks from the top-rated wines in the latest Lidl promotion.

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