A recent tasting of wines from Sainsbury’s autumn/winter 2022 range included plenty of bottles that are perfect for the festive season. From Champagne and English sparkling wine for parties and new year celebrations, to food-friendly Chablis and Rioja.
As usual, the supermarket’s own-brand Taste the Difference range features heavily. It does a good job of covering many classic regions at affordable prices. But it’s also worth keeping a look out for Sainsbury’s Discovery Collection wines. This more adventurous, limited-edition selection includes a fruity Pinot Noir from Arbois in the Jura and a great-value Corbières from Languedoc-Roussillon (see below for tasting notes).
The Sainsbury’s team of buyers has also continued to strengthen the supermarket’s Italian range. A new Discovery Collection Morellino di Scansano joins the Discovery Collection Verdicchio Superiore, which was introduced earlier this year to the spring/summer range.
Great winter drinking
Other Italians to put in your shopping trolley include Taste the Difference Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Maremma Toscana and Valpollicella Ripasso, all priced between £10 and £12. With its rich, velvety palate, the Ripasso is perfect to enjoy in front of the fire on chilly evenings.
Other winter warmers to try include Château Tanunda’s Barossa Red. This blend of Cabernet and Merlot from the iconic Australian producer is cracking value at £13. Trivento’s Reserve Malbec is a safe match for steak with its juicy black fruit – and a steal at £8. While Hawkstone’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers plenty of classic Napa Cab character for £22.50.
Finally Bordeaux fans should make a beeline for two new bottles introduced this autumn. Château Béard’s La Chapelle St-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc sourced from St-Laurent-des-Combes. It will certainly appeal to lovers of classic claret. Meanwhile L’Orangerie de Cantemerle is an interesting alternative to Château Cantermerle’s longer-lived cru classé wine from the Haut-Médoc, made from young, 35-year-old vines (both £20).
Best Sainsbury’s wines
Tasting notes come from the Sainsbury’s autumn/winter 2022 tasting. Wines from older tastings have also been included if the wine is still available in store or online. All bottle prices are correct at time of publication.