Wine: Subtle spice and vanilla notes are supported by plum and forest berry aromas
Côtes De Provence Rosé, France, was £9.75, now Now £8.50, Sainsbury's
This is a delicate salmon pink Rosé which is both crisp and refreshing. It boasts notes of citrus fruit, exotic fruit (passion fruit and mango) and red fruits (redcurrant, strawberry, raspberry and cherry) floral notes such as white flowers and fennel. The classic Provence taste is crisp, refreshing and clean on the palate. It would pair well with shellfish, charcuterie or a cheeseboard.
McGuigan Zero Alcohol Free Shiraz, Australia, 2 for £9, Centra
If you're doing Dry January, this one might be for you... This Shiraz from the McGuigan team is a full-bodied wine with notes of sweet blackcurrant running throughout with a long-lasting mellow finish. Subtle spice and vanilla notes are supported by plum and forest berry aromas. It would pair well with a steak or a simple roast beef dinner – but is equally as good served on its own. Alcohol-free wines have come a long way...
WINE OF THE WEEK
Saint Emilion Grand Cru, France, £10.99, Lidl
Saint-Émilion wines tend to have a rich, mouth-drying tannic structure, which is balanced by the more juicy characteristics of plum and black-cherry fruit, along with chocolate and sweet spice. The words Grand Cru indicate this wine has passed a special tasting panel. Enjoy with grilled and roasted meats. A Christmas gift that I will happily add to my grocery shopping...