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Marks & Spencer wines: top summer buys

Great summer drinking options, including a crisp Picpoul de Pinet, pale Corsican rosé and several smooth barbecue reds…

Marks & Spencer wines have had a shake up since the UK supermarket released its last seasonal range in autumn 2020.

Not least of which is a new head of beers, wines and spirits – Andrew Shaw – who has previously been head of buying at Waitrose and Bibendum.

The current summer range features 22 new still wines, including two great-value rosés: a delicious Provence-style pale pink from Corsica and a crowd-pleasing Chenin-based blend from South Africa (see recommendations below).

Still widely available in store and online is the Found range, launched on 5 April. It features 12 ‘hidden gems’ of the wine world, all under £10, that M&S buyers Sue Daniels and Belinda Kleinig have uncovered.

Highlights include two excellent blends from Greece: a white Moschofilero-Roditis and a red Xinomavro-Mandilaria (see recommendations below).

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In summer 2020, Marks & Spencer released a 34-strong Classics range, priced from £7 to £12.

It focused on the best-loved wine styles, sourced at highest quality at an accessible price. Many are the same wines M&S customers have long loved, just repackaged, while some are different wines from the same producers, and others are from completely new suppliers.

It includes great buys such as the no21 Rioja Reserva, no15 Picpoul de Pinet, no30 Gavi and no 16 Pinotage (see recommendations below).

With M&S having a 50% share in the retail side of online grocer Ocado, this is slowly improving what has previously been lacking from its offer – a good online wine range, which currently only provides customers with about a quarter of the 400 wines available in store.

Some 90% of own-label wines are also vegan, in line with the supermarket’s pledge to offer 100% vegan wines by 2022. And 65% of M&S’s suppliers have or are working towards sustainability certification.

The first 15 wines below were tasted in May 2021. The following 12 Found range wines were tasted in March/April 2021. Earlier wine recommendations came from the autumn/winter press tasting in September 2020. All wines are available from either M&S (in store on online) or Ocado (online only).

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