We have very weird wine habits in this house. When Mr English is home we really splash out and try a few nice wines, but when I’m at home on my own when he’s working, I tend to have a glass of a supermarket red on the go and I don’t think there’s any shame in that. I often read my friend Helen’s blog: Knackered Mother’s Wine Club for inspiration as she’ll regularly recommend a good bottle or two.
Gallo Family Vineyards Autumn Red. If you follow me on Instagram or Vivino, you’ll know that we’re huge fans of American red wine, especially Californian Zinfandel. This Californian red is made with Syrah (or Shiraz) grapes and has a delicious, blackberry notes as well as that distinctive peppery hit found in these wines. Not something I’d usually buy but I was sent one of these and it’s very easy drinking and good value at around £6.99 a bottle.
Beringer Californian Zinfandel 2012 – and talking of Californian wines, this was a lucky supermarket find. A pale cherry, almost pink colour, smooth and fruity with loads of raspberry and plum jam with a bit of spice. I love a Californian Zinfandel and this is a beaut. £8.99 from Tesco
And lastly on the Zins, this one was rich, plummy and smooth with loads of spice. £13 in Marks and Spencer and worth every penny:
Fog Head Monterey Reserve Pinot Noir 2011. Splashing out a bit more, this £14.99 Pinot from Waitrose is pretty much my ideal wine. Silky smooth, soft, fruity ( I think blackcurrant?), a bit oaky, great length of flavour. Yum.
Frontera have recently given their range of Chilean wines a facelift. I was sent the Cabernet Sauvignon to try. On first sniff you get a massive hit of chocolate, plus something else spicy that I couldn’t place (I was going to say chilli powder, but that can’t be right!). Nice smooth bargain bottle – would be a perfect match for a bar of Green and Black’s whilst watching X Factor I reckon 🙂
What about you? Tried anything recently that you’d recommend?