A selection of Christmas wine on a lower budget 2023.With all of us feeling the squeeze on our spending this year with the increase in cost of living, we still need to celebrate the festive season, but perhaps spend a little less in doing so.
The number of “special offers” can make life a bit confusing as to which is the best value.
It’s worth taking advantage of genuine specials, like 25 percent off deals at the grocery store, as long as you know what you want.
However, my own opinion is that wines at £5 a bottle generally represent low value.
Take out the VAT, excise and delivery charges and you’re left with the cost of the wine at around £1.50, including supermarket profits!
Spend a little more and the quality of the wine can be doubled or tripled.
So here are some recommendations for wines priced under £10 a bottle that are very good value for money, and fit the bill for a budget-conscious Christmas.
First there are a couple of French dry whites. Calvet Prestige Sauvignon Blanc 2021, is a fresh and refreshing wine from Bordeaux, from the renowned 200-year-old Maison Calvet.
Perfect with fish and shellfish, such as garlic prawns or even fish and chips! £7.50 from Tesco.
A classic French Chardonnay is produced by Abbotts and Delaunay, from the Pays d’Oc in the far south of France. Chardonnay 2021 Les Fruits Sauvages is a complex, full-bodied wine with notes of comic pear, granny smith apple and aromas of wild flowers.
A delicious buttery finish pairs well with poultry and ham. £7.99 mix six from Majestic.
From the same producer and region of France comes Abbotts and Delaunay Les Fleurs Sauvages Malbec 2020.
Bursting with fruit, there are spicy and licorice notes, interspersed with blackberry and red plum. Smooth tannins and a smooth finish. £8.99 mix six from Majestic.
Moving to the southern hemisphere, one of Chile’s most important producers is Errazuriz, which makes outstanding wines across the entire price range.
Errazuriz Estate Reserva Merlot 2021 is a smooth, full-bodied red wine with rich, smooth tannins and ripe fruit character.
Carefully partially aged in French and American oak barrels to increase complexity and balance, a great wine with flavorful sauces on meat, pasta and turkey dishes. Price £7 Tesco Clubcard.
With a little more than £10 to tip, you find a wonderfully spiced red from Argentina’s most famous red grape: Malbec.
Finca Lalande Malbec 2021 is made by Domaine Bousquet in the famous Mendoza region of Argentina.
Layered red and black fruit, silky tannins and a long, deep finish. £10.49 from Waitrose.
Roasted pheasant or partridge would pair well, and are surprisingly inexpensive for a festive treat!