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Wine: You don't have to bust the bank to buy a nice wine

Il Sarmento Nero D’avola, Co-op, £4.99
Dawn Egan

It's the weekend and all you want to do is put your feet up with a bottle of your favourite wine. Here's a few for those who like a nice wine at a decent price...

Il Sarmento Nero D’avola, Co-op, £4.99: If you’re on a budget and looking for something not too pricey, try this... It’s extremely cheap at the price for a quality red with plush, juicy, bright fruit. It’s a brilliantly moreish, drinkable sample from the sunny climes of Sicily. A pleasant wine, easy drinking and ideal partner for pasta, cheese, casseroles. It would be great on its own any night of the week or try with a midweek dinner of sausages and mash.

Wine Atlas Fetasca Regala NV, Romania, £5.08, Asda: Here’s a different dry – but soft – Romanian white with delicious melon and pear flavours and a hint of aromatic rose water. It’s made from an old native grape, Feteasca Neagra, and by the giant state-of-the-art winery Cramele Recas, known for its great value wines. Juicy and fresh with generous plum and strawberry fruit, with a peppery edge. Goes well with lightly spiced vegetarian stir-fries and at 11.5 per cent it’s not too high on alcohol.

Wine of the week: In terms of wine, this really is the bargain of the week: Chianti DOCG Riserva 2016, Lidl, was £4.99, now £2.49 (today and tomorrow only so you better be quick). An Italian superstar from the rolling hills of Tuscany. Made mostly from the Sangiovese grape, this classic is known for being down to earth while still delivering enticing juicy red cherry flavours and chocolately complexity. This is a great example of an easy drinking Chianti.

Chianti DOCG Riserva 2016, Lidl, was £4.99, now £2.49

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