This dark and misty autumn morning is a reminder that we’re settling into the hibernating months. The instinct to stock up – on food, wine, everything – makes Sainsbury’s current 25% off any six bottles a very alluring prospect. They are not the only supermarket at it – others will follow with similar deals – but Sainsbury’s have great own-label champagne and, well forgive me for mentioning the C-word so early but it isn’t so very far away….and it is a very good excuse for buying bubble. If you want to mix you can too, which is why I list a few goodies here. Amazingly, the deal also applies to wines already on promotion so there are some fantastic double-dips. The offer excludes Scotland of course.
The deal: 25% off any six bottles (you can mix) of wine, champagne, sparkling and fortified wine until Sunday 28th October
A few recommended wines:
Sainsbury’s Blanc de Blancs Champagne Brut NV (a double-dipper: usually £22.49 but currently on offer at £14.99 which takes it down to £11.24 on the multibuy. Nuts) Made by Duval-Leroy.
Sainsbury’s Blanc de Noirs Champagne Brut NV Super-classy stuff. 60% pinot noir and 40% pinot meunier and I do love that pm spice. What I love even more is that this champagne comes in three glorious sizes. Expansive, party-sized magnums (£30 down from £39.99 on multibuy); ordinary bottles (£15.74 down from £20.99 on same) and – yes, yes, fill the fridge, 37.5cl halves (£7.99 down from £11.99 on same).
Taittinger Champagne Brut Reserve NV One of the best grand marques and double-dipping. (£30 down from £36.99 making it £22.50 on multibuy)
Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough, New Zealand Another double-dipper, making this an old favourite at another fridge-filling, insanely good price. (£6.96 down from £9.29 making it £5.22 on multibuy)
Mayu Syrah Reserva 2009 Elqui Valley, Chile (£7.50 down from £9.99 on multibuy) My friend Joe and I share similar taste in wine but we argue like rats in a sack about certain styles. Sauvignon blanc that tastes strongly of green tomatoes and rocks is one (I love it, he doesn’t often); this sort of smoky, tarry syrah from the Elqui Valley on the fringe of the Atacama Desert (great stargazing, apparently) is another (I like it, even if it’s not what I’d choose to drink everyday). So, it’s a big, dark red that you wouldn’t want to bump into on a dark alleyway. More Rhone (savoury, bacon fat) than Australian (plush, mulberries) and with quite a menthol waft on the nose.
House Cotes du Rhone NV (£2.99 down from £3.99 on multibuy) Can I get it down? Is the question I ask myself of a wine at this price. Honestly, you can’t expect much more. Yes is the answer in this case. And enjoy it too. A great one for the cooking wine cupboard (and you might just slosh some into your glass while you cook too).
Taste the Difference 12 year old sweet Pedro Ximenez NV Spain (50cl £5.99 down from £7.99 on multibuy) Think molten raisins and molasses in a glass. Black and viscous. One of the sweetest wines in existence. There is only one thing to do with this sherry: pour it over vanilla ice cream. Unbelievably delicious. Not being able to pronounce it is not a reason not to drink it. Just call it PX for short, everyone else does.