Now’s a good time to get ahead of the rush and stock up on some great wines for the Christmas and New Year period, and you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of reasonably-priced award winners in the supermarkets at the moment. Everything I’m including here is under £10, and has been given high ratings by The International Wine and Spirits Competition, Decanter awards, The International Wine Challenge, and more.
These top medal winning red, white and rosé wines represent great value for money, and many of them are also included in multi-buy and loyalty offers right now – making them even more of a bargain. Tasting notes and food pairing ideas included.
Snap them up before they sell out!
There’s a bargain here for most palates and occasions with these eight tasty reds, and prices from as low as £4.25.
Tesco Finest Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, 2019 | RRP £7.00
Something special for lovers of rich reds.
Awards: IWC Great Value Awards 2022 Champion Red & Great Value Red under £8 & Gold Medal Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Trophy & 95/100
Notes: Rich and complex with spices and chocolate cherry flavours on the palate, and a firm finish. Serve with hearty meat or pasta dishes.
Co-Op Irresistible Carménère | RRP £7.00
Another hearty wine for winter at a great price.
Awards: Decanter Gold Medal & Value Award & 95/100
Notes: A deliciously peppery wine with firm-ish, rounded tannins, with deep, concentrated aromas of blackcurrant, red cherry and touch of vanilla. Ideal with red meat, game and aromatic dishes.
M&S Found Nerello Cappuccio 2020 | RRP £7.00
Something deliciously different, by the bottle at Ocado or by the case at M&S Wines.
Awards: IWSC Silver Medal & 93/100.
Notes: Deeply coloured and fruity but without harsh tannin, making it a versatile wine. Serve with beef, pasta or aubergine dishes.
Morrisons The Best Cahors Malbec 2020 | RRP £8.25
Also in buy 3 get 25% off deal, making it £6.19 per bottle.
Awards: IWSC Silver Medal & 93/100
Notes: A layered, complex wine with blueberry and blackcurrant aromas with dark plum, fig and prune flavours. Pair with steak, pork, lamb, and poultry with dark meat.
Asda Extra Special Chianti Classico | RRP £8.00
On offer for £7.50 this week.
Awards: Decanter Silver Medal & 92/100, IWSC Silver and IWC Bronze Medals
Notes: A good degree of sweet red fruit and dried herbs with a nice freshness from the acidity and well-integrated tannins and smoky oak notes. Serve with game meats and casseroles.
Co-Op, Fairtrade Bonarda-Malbec | RRP £5.50
Another great option for a bulk-buy party red.
Awards: Decanter Silver Medal 92/100
Notes: Red fruit and herb aromas on the nose, and rich with black cherry and spice on the palate. An easy-drinker that pairs with many foods including chargrilled vegetables and beef.
Asda Nice Drop Pinotage | RRP £4.25
Relatively light easy-drinker at a bargain price, stock up for relaxed get togethers.
Awards: IWSC Silver Medal & 91/100; IWC commended
Notes: Moreish fruity pinotage with classic smoky bramble, black cherry and plum flavours. Great with lasagne or veggie/vegan sausages.
Waitrose Blueprint Côtes du Rhône Villages 2020 | RRP £7.99
In 25% off mixed case of 6 deal, making it £6.00 per bottle.
Awards: IWSC Silver Medal and 90/100
Notes: A polished wine full of sleek red fruit and spice, good balance of both sweet and dry on the palate. Pairs with many dishes including pasta, stews or sausage and mash, and a budget option to serve with Christmas turkey.
Here are nine great bargain-priced award winning white wines to stock up on, all under £10 and one under a fiver.
Asda Extra Special Rueda (Palacio de Vivero) | RRP £5.50
A platinum award winner at a teeny-tiny amazing price.
Awards: Decanter Platinum Medal & Value Award & 95/100; IWC Silver Medal, Decanter Bronze Medal
Notes: Crisp, fruity and refreshing with notes of tropical fruits, pear and citrus. Great with fish or poultry.
Paul Mas Réserve Languedoc Blanc, 2021 | RRP £9.99 at Waitrose
Special offer: 25% off when you buy 6 bottles or more, making it £7.50 per bottle.
Awards: IWC Great Value Champion White 2022 & IWC Great Value White between £8 and £12 & Languedoc White gold medal & 95/100
Notes: Aromas of peach and honeysuckle, with stone fruits and citrus on the palate, full bodied with a lingering finish. Try with Asian food, curries and smoked meats.
Morrisons, The Best, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie, Loire, France, 2020 | RRP £8.50
In ‘buy 3 get 25% off’ deal, making it £6.38 per bottle.
Awards: Decanter Gold Medal & Value Award & 95/100; IWSC Silver Medal & 92/100.
Notes: Crisp, lemony aromas with green apple on the palate, and a gently acidic finish. Pair with seafood, salmon or chicken.
Co-Op Irresistible Gavi di Gavi, 2021 | RRP £8.50
Currently in a ‘buy 3, get £5 off’ deal for registered Co-op members, making it £6.83 per bottle.
Awards: IWC Great Value White between £8 and £12 & 93/100
Notes: Light, elegant wine with floral nose, and lemon zest, green apples and nectarines on the palate. Serve chilled as an aperitif, or match with shellfish, chicken or pork.
M&S Found Moschofilero Roditis | RRP £8.50
An easy-drinker and crowd pleaser. Buy by the bottle at Ocado or by the case at M&S Wines.
Awards: IWSC Silver Medal & 93/100
Notes: Floral, citrus, honeyed, with a touch of saltiness. Pair with party snacks.
Shallow Bay Sauvignon Blanc | £6.00 at Tesco
Offer: £5.00 with Clubcard.
Awards: IWSC Silver Medal & 92/100
Notes: Crisp and elegant, dry but fruity with typical citrus fruit aromas and flavours and a refreshingly zingy finish. Enjoy chilled on its own or with seafood or creamy pasta dishes.
Asda Winemaker’s Choice Riesling 2020 | RRP £4.90
A tasty white wine under a fiver? Yes, it is possible!
Awards: IWSC Silver Medal & 91/100; Decanter Bronze Medal; IWC commended
Notes: A refreshing, medium sweet wine. Herbal notes with citrus, green apples and hints of peach and apricot. Pairs with Asian food, salads or cheese.
Aldi Freemans Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2021 | RRP £5.99
Awards: IWSC Silver Medal & 91/100
Notes: Delicately elegant with savoury herbs, zesty lemon and freshly cut grass. Refreshing mineral finish. Pair with fish or shellfish.
Lidl Gavi DOCG 2020 | RRP £6.99
In store only. Popular easy-drinking dry Italian white.
Awards: IWSC Silver Medal & 91/100.
Notes: Intense, fresh wine with floral nose of lime blossom and acacia, with apple, pear, white peach, and ripe lemon and herbs on the palate. Pair with fish and salads.
These two award winners go well with light dishes and party food.
Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rosé, 2021 | RRP £9.99 at Waitrose
In 25% off mixed case of 6 offer, making it £7.25 per bottle.
Awards: IWC Great Value Rosé between £8 and £12 & 91/100
Notes: White flowers on the nose, red fruits and lemon zest flavours, smooth texture and a sweet finish. Suitable for vegans. Pair with salmon or seafood, light dishes and salads, or sheep or goat’s cheese.
ASDA Extra Special Pinot Grigio Rosé | RRP £6.00
Best budget buy Rosé.
Awards: IWSC Silver Medal & 90/100; Decanter Bronze Medal; IWC commended.
Notes: Very pale pink, dry with medium intensity and good balance of acidity, with subtle strawberry, peach and red currant aromas, rounded out with flavours of fresh cherries. Try with chicken, seared tuna or Caesar salads.
Have any of these caught your eye?
Coming soon: Top value champagnes and other sparklers, sherry, port, dessert wines and more.