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Three wonderful wines to suit all budgets

Mon 19 Apr 2010 00:07


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Delicious wines guaranteed to tickle your taste buds can be snatched up for as little as £5 in many supermarkets so The Hour’s wine expert Tom Cannavan’s set himself an April challenge of finding three delicious dinner wines.

Scouring the supermarket shelves, Tom’s first choice, coming in at the lowest price of £5.49, was Fern Bay Sauvignon Blanc East Coast.

Tom explained the origin behind this make of wine: “Not so long ago, you couldn’t have bought this wine for less than eight quid so it is a bit of a bargain.

“The nose has got a tropical fruit and there is something very leafy. On the palette, there is a lovely tropical fruit sweetness but good acidness too.”

This wine is the perfect partner for Goats cheese, risotto with asparagus or prawns with chilli dipping sauce.

Next on Tom’s shopping list, and slightly higher in price at £6.36, is Les Vins Skalli – Preference Côtes du Rhône.

Made from the popular Grenache grape, Tom describes the wine as “deliciously jammy and fruity” and pairs it as the perfect accompaniment to a meat dishes like casserole or goulash.

He adds: “On the nose, it smells of those hot southern French nights, the herbs, the flowers and the lovely deep fruit. On the palette, the juice is fruity but it has some earthy richness to it too.”

Last but not least, Tom splashes out with Tim Adams Shiraz. This 2008 wine, priced at £11.23 is made by one of Australia’s most widely known wine makers so is a safe bet if you are after a nice wine to serve at a dinner party.

“On the nose, there is a lovely lift to this wine - it has white pepper sprinkled over dark berry fruits. On the palette, I love the creamy depth to this wine – there is lots of fruit but also a really nice cherry acidity too.”


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