A recent tasting of wines from Sainsbury’s autumn/winter 2021 range included plenty of bottles that are perfect for the festive season. From Champagne and English sparkling wine for parties and new year celebrations to food-friendly Chablis and Rioja.
As usual, the supermarket’s own-brand Taste the Difference range features heavily and covers all of the basics. But also look out for Sainsbury’s brand new Discovery Collection wines. This more adventurous, limited-edition selection includes a Faugères Syrah-Grenache from Languedoc-Roussillon, a Côtes de Beaune Villages and two new Italians: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Verdicchio Superiore (see below for tasting notes).
The new autumn/winter range sees an expansion of Sainsbury’s Italy selection, including good value bottles from Santodeno. The range includes fresh whites, Grillo and Pecorino, plus an easy-drinking red Negroamaro. Taste the Difference Valpolicella Ripasso is another good value choice at £11, with a rich, velvety palate that’s perfect to enjoy in front of the fire on chilly evenings.
Other winter warmers to try include Château Tanunda’s Barossa Valley Cabernet-Merlot, Trivento Reserve Malbec and Hawkstone’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.