With the euphoria of the plethora of above average wines undoubtedly consumed by us all over the festive period, now a mere distant memory and the come down of the New Year and the bump back to reality well and truly present, we thought we’d bring you a handy list of our top five affordable wines to help restore some equilibrium to proceedings and help you fend off the wolves from the door with some tip-top inexpensive recommendations that taste the part, but don’t break the bank.
Pedroncelli Friends Red, Sonoma County 2015
Wine: Friends Red
Buy Now: Wine Society
This fantastic Cali Merlot from Wine Society will definitely help ease those January blues, with it’s gorgeous silky palate and seemingly never ending finish. Full of boozy dark fruit and a moreish vanillin thread make this more than a match for any adoring fans of the more fuller bodied red wine. It’s brilliant as a stand alone wine or perfect to marry with slow cooked rib of beef or pork loin and at less than ten quid a bottle, what’s not to love!
Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2016/17
One of my ‘go to’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, a real stand out performer in what is an emerging market absolutely saturated with average and below average examples. Hugely pungent tropical flavours and aromas will engulf your senses, with a zingy citrus kick that keeps everything in check and adds fine balance and depth of flavour. Made for Thai and Cantonese cuisine, my personal choices would be salt and chilli squid with pad thai noodles, heavy on the peanuts. Available at Majestic for a little over £8 a bottle, you won’t find many better at this price point.
Terre Di Faiano Organic Primitivo
If you like warm, rich, sun drenched reds, it doesn’t come much better than this. Apparently the only organic Primitivo made using entirely the Appassimento method, whereby the winemaker will excessively dry the grapes, naturally, extracting full flavour and producing a wine fuller of flavour and sweeter than usual. The oak influence in this tempers the sweetness beautifully adding some wonderful toasty notes. Waitrose have pulled off a blinder putting this on their shelves!
Stumble Vineyards Cinsault Rosé 2016
Winemaker: Stumbles Vineyards
Buy Now: Laithwaites
It’s not often that I doff my cap to a rosé, the last one was a fantastic example from Provence and that was nearly a year ago and whilst this Western Cape Rosé bares very little resemblance to it’s French counterpart, I’m as equally enamoured, with it’s vibrant palate filled with luscious strawberry and raspberry notes and a stunning floral elegance that brings everything together perfectly. You could do worse than popping down to your local Laithwaites or getting online to snap up a few of these beauties.
Simpsons Of Servian Blanc De Blancs 2016
I know Charles and Ruth, the owners of Domaine Sainte Rose, very well, I’ve been drinking their wines for a good few years now and rarely have I been unimpressed with anything in their range and this unique BdB made in the Languedoc, which is an unusual pairing to say the least, is no exception, in fact it’s exceptional! The Chardonnay coming through in this crisp, buttery, bubbly, beauty really had me going and I’m positive it’ll do the same for you too! C+R recommend oysters or sushi to pair with this, I wasn’t quite up for oysters, but can verify that this belter is best friends to Californian lobster rolls! Naked Wines are pitching this at £18.99 or £12.49 if you subscribe to become an ‘angel’ if I’m honest £18.99 is a damn good price, £12.49 is a steal!