Patting our back pockets today……………
ASDA Extra Special Chardonnay
An Australian Chardonnay, which is almost embarrassingly cheap, a real bargain. I know the Aussie’s were responsible for giving Chardonnay a bad name but this isn’t one of those wines. This is creamy with a definite tropical fruitiness, it has lifted crispness and a light touch of oak making it pretty stylish for under six quid.
Food match: Easy on its own or great with roast chicken, monkfish or a simple baguette and brie supper.
Louvel Fountaine Brut Champagne
ASDA £10 (reduced from £11.98)
I have no idea how they can sell Champagne this good at this price. I suggest you get some while you can, after all, Mother’s Day is around the corner. And Easter. And the week-end. Any excuse will do. It’s citrusy, with freshly-baked bread, vanilla and just a hint of cashew nut flavours which linger nicely making it an all-round pleaser but with enough depth for those looking for complexity. The fizz is firm but fair.
Food match: Scampi, grilled scallops in a white wine sauce.
Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2015
ASDA £6.00 (from £6.98)
If you are anything like me, you will enjoy rosé all year round. Why not? Especially when it’s as tasty as this. And we had a glimpse of sunshine earlier this week, warm days are tantalisingly close. From a blend of local red grapes, this pale pink wine is bursting with strawberry and herby flavours. And I’m loving the funky Art Nouveau label, too.
Food match: Tapas, red sauce pasta dishes
Cellier des Dauphins Grignan Les Adhemar
Asda £4.75 (from £7.48)
The same producers as the rosé using the same local grapes, Grenache and Syrah, this time making a very gluggable, easy, fruity red. There’s also some peppery spice here as you’d expect from wines from this area. A happy wine making the drinker even happier by how little he’s spent on it.
Food match: Chilli Con Carne