Tesco’s Spring/Summer press tasting showcased over 140 wines, adding a number of new wines and new vintages to the range. Decanter was again there to seek out the best buys on the shelves of the UK’s largest supermarket chain.
From the still wine range, our highlights this summer include Smith & Sheth’s classy Cru Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand, and South African star Ken Forrester’s Misfits Cinsault – a perfect summer drinking red when served on the cool side. As the days become warmer and the evenings longer, you might be looking to rosé , which continues to boom in popularity. The French rosé selection is particularly strong. We loved the fuller-bodied and more deeply coloured Tavel rosé, new to the range and made for Tesco by Domaine d’Arbousset. Or if you prefer your rosés paler and more Provençcal in character, seek out the elegantly packaged Love by Léoube, made by the talented winemaker for Provence’s Château Léoube, Romain Ott.
It’s inevitable that, in a wine range as large as Tesco’s, not every bottle will offer the same level of bang for your buck. But if you know where to look, there’s genuine value – and excitement – to be found on the UK supermarket’s shelves.
A number of classics made the list, such as Lanson’s Le Rosé NV and Hidalgo’s La Gitana manzanilla Sherry. As did a number of more unusual picks and wines new to the range, such as a delicious Lacrima di Morro (it’s an Italian red) made by Umani Ronchi, and the new Californian Estancia Chardonnay.
But if you don’t know where to start, the own-label Tesco Finest wines, made in partnership with a variety of respected producers and cooperatives, are often a good buy and always feature heavily in our recommendations.
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The first 42 wines were tasted by Amy Wislocki and Natalie Earl in May 2022 at Tesco’s 2021 press tasting in London. The following wines were tasted by the Decanter tastings team at previous press tastings and are still available.
Updated 17/06/2022: Added 42 new wines from the Spring/Summer 2022 range (including the 10 wines previewed recently) and removed unavailable wines