When it comes to having the best festive wine collection, the work starts long before consumers start thinking of Christmas. The long lead time is a good thing because supermarkets have the delicate task of finding new and palatable wines at affordable prices that will keep the consumers coming back for more. The fierce competition ensures that the customer always comes up on top and this Christmas is no different.
We tried wines from three of the UK’s biggest supermarkets who have done a great job of finding the perfect balance between high quality and budget friendly.
Below are our favourites for all festive occasions and wallets.
Italian Aglianico Del Vulture Specially Selected Castellore – £12.99
This intense and vibrant red has fruity aromas of wild strawberry and plum. With complementary notes of vanilla and tobacco.
Canyon Springs Old Vine Zinfandel – £7.99
This is a full-bodied wine with deep dark fruit flavours and a delicious blackcurrant finish. It’s top on our list for festive roasts.
Animus Douro 2020 – £5.49
Rich and bold, this is an affordable high quality red that pairs well with rich meat in sauces.
Specially Selected Côtes De Provence Rosé – £9.99
Now that rosé is a year round wine, this one is a fine addition to festive occasions.
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut – £14.99
This high quality champagne has toasty brioche notes and a very long finish. Perfect for toasting festive get-togethers.
Villa Boscorotondo Chianti Classico Riserva 2019 – £16
A classic in every sense, especially on festive occasions. This easy-to-drink red is filled with velvety tannins and hints of ripe cherry
Old Vine Garnacha Campo De Borja – £5.75
This stunningly smooth Spanish red is filled with juicy dark fruit flavours.
Les Pionniers Vintage Champagne 2013 – £27
Some things really do get better with age and this 2013 Champagne excels again this year.
Campogrande Orvieto Classico – £9
This attractive fruity white is soft on the palate and has a savory finish.
Santa Vittoria Barolo – £16
This elegant red is smooth with a rich floral and spicy bouquet. It pairs beautifully with rich red meats, medium and mature cheeses, or after-dinner wines.
Rosso D’ Italia Gran Selone – £5.99
This fruity red from Southern Italy is packed with red cherry and raspberry. It’s bold, spicy, and rich. Perfect for a festive roast and excellent value for money.
SEM Reservas Casa Santos Lima – £6.99
This well-balanced red wine from Sicily has a good depth of flavour with delicate notes of cherry-scented fruit.
Poggio Civetta Governo Toscana – £10.99
This Tuscan red is richly flavoured and has a smooth and fresh finish. It’s our top pick in the entire Lidl collection.
Allini Asti 2021 – £5.49
A sweet sparkling wine that makes a great alternative to prosecco.
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