Friday, 2 August 2013


Drop everything .head to Waitrose now. Buy every bottle you can ( i cleared the Bath branch ) of VINALBA 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina. It is on promotion at £6-99 .Normally £8-99 they are putting it up to £9-99 imminently.It tastes better than many a £30 red. Sean Jones  QC and i had a bottle the other night and purred with contentment. I have set mine aside for Christmas day.
Not on the same scale or indeed planet but also promoted at Waitrose is the red and white offerings from La Vielle Ferme , £5-99 so £2 off. It comes from a noble heritage , Beaucastel , makers of awesome Chateauneufs. Fine for the summer as is my last tip here Les Dauphins , Cote Du Rhone for £6-49 , also discounted . very fruity and gluggable.
Aldi has a steal , Italian red , Toscano, for £4-09. Sublime fruit and tasting like something nearer a tenner. I do not drink spirits but their own brand gin under a tenner and whisky for £13 have wiped the floor with big brands in blind tastings.
Finally , if you like elegant Burgundy,  Aaron Rice at Averys  01275 812237 , has a few cases left of stupendous chardonnay for about £100 a case. I bought one 2 days ago. He knows his stuff.