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Heaven in a glass: topping the class at the International Wine Awards

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne NV, France (£19, Tesco)M
Dawn Egan

Two major international wine awards – namely the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) – found these two samples worthy winners...

Asda Extra Special Selection Pinot Noir 2016, New Zealand (£8.50, Asda): A plush, perfumed Pinot and another finalist at the IWC, what's not to love about this strawberry scented, softly delicious red with raspberry, cherry and strawberry flavours? It has a silky elegance and can be served chilled – pop in the fridge before serving.

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne NV, France

(£19, Tesco):

This IWC Great Value Champion Sparkling Gold medal winner is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It's bright, fresh and toasty with layers of pristine citrus fruits, complex yeasty notes, a lovely creamy mousse and long, succulent finish. It is intense and creamy, with more than a hint of tarte-tatin and marzipan. It's not the cheapest supermarket option, but you get a touch of class for your money.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Casillero Del Diablo Merlot (£7.50 Sainsbury's):

Chilean wine at its best from Casillero del Diablo – one of the best value brands in the world. This is a smooth, medium-bodied Merlot that perfectly combines plum and red berry flavours with smoky, cedar wood aromas.

Ideal to match with pasta, risotto and lightly spiced red meat dishes. I'm a big fan of rich, deep reds and this brand never fails to impress.

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