Find the best wines in the supermarket with recommendations from wine expert Tim Atkin, as well as those named Great Value Champions by the International Wine Challenge
There’s nothing we enjoy more than choosing wine for a dinner party, or curling up on the sofa with a good book and delicious glass of red or white.
Deciding exactly which wine to buy can be tricky though. Especially if you’re looking to try a new wine, but have no idea where to start or which dishes it will work with.
Luckily, w&h’s wine expert Tim Atkin MW is on hand to guide you through the best new wines and we’ve included the wines that have been named Great Value Champions of the year by the International Wine Challenge.
This year, five of the six champion wines are supermarket own-brands, which demonstrates that consumers can now pick up superb wines with a very modest price tag when doing the weekly shop.
Aldi’s The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 2014, £6.99
This delicious white produced by Wakefield Wines for Aldi combines ripe lime and fragrant tealeaf aromas to create a fresh complexity which has won it the IWC Great Value Champion White 2015.
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Asda’s Extra Special El Mesón Gran Reserva 2005 picked up the IWC Great Value Champion Red 2015 award for its mature palette and perfect balance of fruit and oak. It also won the Red Rioja Trophy in the competition – plus, it’s under a tenner which makes it a real bargain.
Produced by De Bortoli Wines, this Semillon is a real crowd pleaser with its rich, luxurious finish and honey aromas. It also won the Australian Botrytis Semillon Trophy and is a regular winner of top awards at the IWC, which at £6.49 makes it a steal.
This delicious rosé was the only non-supermarket tipple to receive Great Value Champion status, named the IWC Great Value Rosé 2015. It impressed the judges with its floral aroma and soft, red fruit flavours. Although not produced for a supermarket own-brand range, shoppers can pick up a bottle in Waitrose, Nisa, Ocado and CostCutter for £7.49.
Sourced from one of the better co-operatives in the Maconnis region of southern Burgundy, this unoaked Chardonnay shows the concentration as well as the freshness of the excellent 2012 vintage. Creamy, spicy and crisp, it’s something of a bargain for a white Burgundy. Try it with a ripe brie or butter-based fish dish. Available from Tesco.
Australian Merlot is generally disappointing, but this is delicious: a refreshing, grassy, sweetly oaked alternative to the Merlot-dominated wines of Bordeaux, with none of the occasional dryness they can have.
Raphael Sallet’s white has all the stone fruit flavours that you’d expect from a warmer sub-region, but also impressive zip and acidity. Available from Marks and Spencer.
The grape variety might be unfamiliar to you – it’s rarely seen outside the boot heel of Italy – but don’t worry about that, because this is a very fine, unoaked red, with perfume to spare, fine tannins, refreshing cherry and raspberry fruit, and a bright, stony finish. It works well with chicken or lamb dishes.
Sourced from Chile’s Pacific-cooled Casablanca region, this crisp, beautifully balanced white would be a worthy substitute for Sancerre or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Celebrate the start of summer patriotically with English sparkling wine. This critically acclaimed fizz is perfect for a dinner party.
The story behind the wine: Made from grapes grown in the UK’s smallest commercial vineyard in Theale, the vines are tended by Laithwaite’s Wine employees on their lunchbreaks!
Great with: A celebration. Serve chilled
It’s easier to find good, ‘inexpensive’ red Burgundy than white, but this certainly fits the bill. It’s light, juicy and fruity, with crunchy pomegranate and red cherry flavours, and some appealing raspberry sweetness.
Why drink inspid Italian Pinot Grigio when you can treat yourself to a bottle of this much richer Pinot Gris from New Zealand’s South Island? It has creamy, just off-dry flavours of honey, stone fruit and spice, with texture and concentration in abundance.
This doesn’t taste like Champagne – it’s bone dry for a start and it’s a little fruitier – but it’s a great alternative and a very appealing price, made entirely from Chardonnay.
This lightly oaked Chardonnay is very fine, with notes of lemon butter, grilled cashew nut and food-friendly acidity.
Spring in a glass is how I’d describe this spritzy, Zesty, refreshingly light-bodied white wine from northern Portugal. The acidity is crisp and tangy, while the fruit is light, mouth-watering and well balanced.