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Waitrose 10 Fine Wines at £10: tasted and rated

It's become a festive tradition in its own right: each December Waitrose offers a selection of upper shelf wines for only a tenner. Ines Salpico tasted through the range and gives her verdict.

Never was a festive season so fraught with worry and scepticism. We remain wary of the headiness of  lights and glitter, all too aware of how much keeping said lights on is costing us. On the other hand, the same ‘gloom and doom’ that dominates the news reels should prompt us to find joy in the small pleasures and moments – not least enjoying a good food spread and better wines with our loved ones. Especially when so many retailers have put together more than respectable wine selections at very good value.

Already a much-anticipated festive offer, Waitrose’s ‘10 Fine Wines at £10’ consistently offers a great selection of sparkling, white, rosé, red and fortified bottles for just a tenner. Usually available in the first two weeks of December only, the retailer has extended the offer until 1st January allowing customers to enjoy it through the festive season. Stocks are limited, however, and because many of these wines were already in the spotlight for their quality and (pre-offer) value they are sure sell out fast.

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Indeed, some of the wines below were highlighted in our ‘Best Buys for Autumn’ and are, even at full price, a true bargain. Take Villa Maria’s Reserve Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc or Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage which, at a full price of £14.99 and £16.99 respectively, are a great buy, delivering character, complexity and benchmark typicity. The opportunity of snapping them up for a mere 10 should therefore not be missed – these will be fantastic additions to any festive table, at once classic and stylish, without breaking the bank. As will El Piadoso’s Gran Reserva or Doña Paula’s El Alto Malbec, solid examples of their regions and styles. Beyond the classics there are also nods to what you can get in lieu of better known and more expensive counterparts: you will be well served with Boschendal’s Brut traditional method fizz for substantially less than an comparable bottle of Champagne.

If this selection of 10 wines available from Waitrose Cellar is a great way to stock up for Christmas and build a fine festive cellar, it’s worth looking beyond. Especially if you’re on an even tighter budget and would like to stay under the two digits’ mark per bottle. Waitrose itself has other intriguing options at fantastic value, such as those in its Love & Founded range: try the saline Loin d’Oeil, the zesty Treixadura, the juicy Albarossa or the mineral-driven Frappato, all available for just £8.99.

Waitrose’s 10 Fine Wines at £10

All wines tasted 27 September 2022. Prices do not reflect this or other offers.
Some wines might only be available in selected stores.
Wines grouped by style and ordered by score, in descending order. 

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