Strapped for cash this month? Bag a wine bargain in the sales
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January is a prime time for wine lovers to bag a bargain with so many stores and wine merchants offering discounts and savings.
Indeed, dipping into the wine fund to replenish the rack will make those indulgent moments when you reach for a glass all the more worthwhile.
- Grapes grown on old vines signal concentrated wines with a rich mouthfeel and dense fruit. Try Finest Old Vines Tempranillo 2010, Spain (£5 from £7.99, from January 2 until February 19, Tesco), which showcases hints of ripe blackberry fruits, plummy aromatics, spice and oak.
- A versatile food wine, riesling is rising in popularity and St Hallett Eden Valley Riesling 2011, Australia (£6.99 from £8.99, The Co-Operative, until January 15) is a good introduction to this racy style from Down Under. With invigorating lime aromas and steely acidity, pair this dry white with Indian or Asian dishes.
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- For a fresh and vibrant Chilean chardonnay, try Vinalba Reserva Chardonnay 2012, Chile (£8.99 from £10.99 when buy two, until February 4, Majestic). Tropical fruit notes mingle with lemon meringue and honeysuckle to create a delicate but lively white with good acidity and a clean aftertaste.
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- Pull the cork on Chateau Maris, Les Vielles Vignes Minervois La Liviniere 2010, France (£9.99 from £12.99, January 3 until January 22, Waitrose). Made from biodynamically tended syrah, with silky smooth brambly dark fruit flavours and subtle spice, drinking for a good cause never tasted so good. This classy red has lovely depth and a delicious mouthfeel.
- Laithwaites has an impressive line-up with its Bordeaux Reds Sale, which features 12 wines from six chateaux spanning three good vintages – 2008, 2009 and 2010. Bordeaux Reds Sale (£83.88 from £112.08, saving of £28.20, www.laithwaites.co.uk) includes two bottles of the following: Chateau Le Prieure Mouillac Bordeaux 2009, Chateau La Rose Tour Blanche Bordeaux 2009, Le Grand Chai Bordeaux 2008, Chateau Jeanneau 2010, Chateau Haut Robert Cuvee Tertre de Fontenot 2009 and Chateau de Camblanc Medoc 2009.
- Marlborough, New Zealand, is famed for its sauvignon blanc and fans should take advantage of The Wine Society’s Marlborough Sauvignon Case (£136, www.thewinesociety.co.uk). A 12-bottle case includes two bottles of the following: Stoneburn Sauvignon Blanc, Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, The Society’s New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc and Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.