Having been spoilt last week with a visit to Robert Parkers Matter of Taste event in Covent Garden where I had the opportunity to taste many once in a lifetime wines way out of my budget I have been looking at everyday wines that we can all access for under £20. There are so many wine stores now, supermarkets, online, independent retailers, wine clubs etc….. too much choice. I have my own favourite wine shops in London but many of us buy wine as part of our weekly supermarket shop so to kick off I have selected one supermarket and 1 independent retailer but there are plenty more.
For me Waitrose probably has the best supermarket wine department and even the small stores carry some good bottles. Bigger stores offer a great selection and carry a fine wine section too.
Here are few recommendations under £20 currently available.
Blended Alsace wine from one of the great houses.
Bold oak aged Chardonnay, they make great reds too
Traditional White Rioja always good
Powerful California Cabernet
One of the great producers in the Rhone Valley Syrah/Grenache
Solid fruit driven Merlot from this very reliable new world producer
One of my favourite stand alone wine shops is Last Drop Wines on the Kings Rd. Andrea selects all the wines personally, cares about every aspect of her business and has some great wines under £20.
She also holds regular Tuesday evening tutored tastings.
Exceptional value Sparkling Wine
A timeless blend of regional varieties great with food or without
Often overlooked old master of Chenin Blanc
Rich fruit driven old vine Shiraz
Good quality claret with some decent bottle age at an affordable price
This is just a taster, there are plenty more and most wine shops are very helpful these days with well trained staff on hand to offer advice and guidance. Some have online chat facilities on their website (Oddbins) to help you choose depending on style of wine, budget etc.
Prices correct at the time of publishing
Corks Photo by Elisha Terada