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This week’s top tips and current promotions

A fashionable white and a reliable red - both excellent value supermarket buys for less than £6.

My recommendations this week include a fashionable white and a reliable red – both excellent value supermarket buys. Scroll down and you’ll also find details of a new summer promotion starting this week at the Co-op.

2019 Pierre Jaurant Ferrandiere Pinot Gris (£5.99 at Aldi):

New Zealand’s modern style Pinot Gris (a posh name for Pinot Grigio) is in vogue at the moment but this Languedoc version from Jean-Claude Mas is also a seriously good wine at an excellent price.

It delivers aromatic greengage and melon fruit with smooth, rounded depth, good lemon acidity and contrasting hints of mace.

2019 Tesco Chilean Merlot (£4.35 at Tesco):

Given its modest price, this will never be the last word in sophistication but it is a sound, everyday option made by a very experienced winemaker.

Enjoy, then, its ripe cherry fruit, nutty but light bodied texture with a cinnamon and vanilla finish, good acidity but only limited tannin.

Note though prices can be different in Scotland and Wales where minimum unit pricing regulations apply.

Current promotions

At Co-op

The new summer promotion starts at the Co-op on Wednesday and is expected to run until 23 June. Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • Scalini Prosecco (Down from £8.50 to £7)
  • La Luciole Rose (Drops from £10 to £8)
  • Weather Man Sauvignon Blanc (Down £1 to £5.50)
  • Les Jamelles Viognier (Drops from £7.50 to £6.50)
  • Las Moras Barrel Select Malbec (Down £2 to £6.25)
  • The Black Shiraz (Down from £8.25 to £7)

You’ll also spot some well-known brands among the offers, like the ones below. As always, check local stores for the full promotion.

  • Most Wanted Albarino (Drops from £8.50 to £7.50)
  • Oxford Landing Estates Sauvignon Blanc (Down from £7.50 to £6)
  • Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon (Down £1.50 to £7)
  • Oxford Landing Merlot (Drops from £7.50 to £6)
  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir (Down £2 to £6) (See my write up of this wine back in April)

Back on Thursday when we embrace the BBQ season with a look at wines for beef.

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