We still think anything over £10 is ‘special occasion’ wine and hover around the £7.50 mark for ‘everyday’ (not literally) drinking. Our latest find is this fabulous Austrian from Morrisons. So much so we drove 30miles to pick up the last six bottles we could find relatively locally.
You should be able to pick up Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc from Tesco for around a tenner, or even less when they run a 25% off for 6 bottles offer. As I posted over on the wine thread back in June, I was impressed for so little money;
If you prefer a red then Guigal’s Cotes du Rhone is probably the standard bearer for quality wine available for (just) under a tenner.
The white wines of Kleine Zalze are also very good and the same price as the red you mention. Waitrose sells the Chenin Blanc and Tesco sells a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend. Currently both shops are selling what they stock for £7.50, but both often offer them for £6.50 and Tesco sometimes has 25% off a mixed six and the Klein Zalze offer is included, so £6-50 less 25%.
Tesco has just started to sell Klein Zalze Chardonnay and Shiraz, both from the Reserve range which is the range above the other wines mentioned. They are asking £9.50 per bottle for either. They are both excellent too.
I buy from Naked Wines, some very quaffable wines available for under £10.
Plus my monthly donation goes towards helping independent winemakers around the world, Not shoring up profits of the supermarkets screwing the producers
Tesco are asking £11 for either red or white Vergelegen at the moment. The white is Sauvignon Blanc and the red is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend. Both are excellent. The white now has a new less formal label and is 2023 bottling. I was initially suspicious that this would be too young to taste good, but actually it’s excellent too. Very fresh and smooth at the same time.
Similarly Majestic Wine is selling red and white Vergelegen in the so-called “Millrace” range. I’m not sure where Vergelegen intend that to be pitched, but it seems about the same to me as the wines that Tesco sells. I’m uncertain of the current price, but it’s in the same ballpark as Tesco.
Pretty much anything under a tenner at The Wine Society will be good due to the combination of it being owned by the members ( so profits are put back into the organisation) and the quality of their wine buyers.
I looked at them but the £40 joining fee put me off.
With Naked Wines you pay an amount every month, but that is deducted from your bill when you order a case. Plus there’s usually a freebie bottle a month as well. Last months was a bottle of gin .
The Wine Society are excellent. We’ve been members for about 35 years. As Chris said, pretty much everything under £10 can be bought with confidence. They have a southern French wine called Cantoiseau, which costs only £6.75 and is really enjoyable. They have a long standing relationship with many suppliers, which ensures good value and interesting wines. And if you aren’t happy with a wine - this has happened twice in those 35 years - you get your money back. They are happy to give advice if you are looking for something for a special occasion or whatever.
We tried Naked wines but weren’t that impressed, and all the angels nonsense was very wearing.