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Waitrose wine section

Waitrose Value Wine

Shopping for value wines at Waitrose is a tranquil experience.  For a start, the choice is not too overwhelming, and the layout of the wine section is organic, not linear.  The price cards on the shelves include a brief description of the wines, with food pairing ideas. These don’t always match my experience of the wine, but it is helpful to have something to go on.  Like the book shops that pepper their shelves with staff recommendations, I saw other shoppers peering intently at the wine notes on Waitrose’s shelves.
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4 bottles high x 40 metres long

Tesco Value Wine

My desire to be even-handed in seeking value wines from a variety of sources found me blinking at the 40+ metres of wine-laden shelves in my nearest Tesco Extra.  I actually like food shopping at Tesco for that wide-aisled, 10 varieties of cornflakes feeling.  But their selection of wine was truly mind-boggling.  My criteria was under £7 and no obvious Tesco labelling.

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Green Envy

Daytime cocktails- The Green Envy

Green Envy

Lovely lunch party on a promising spring day. What to drink during the daytime? You have some cocktail-phobic friends coming so you don’t want anything too strong, but the occasion calls for something more festive than the usual Pinot Grigio. Try gently easing your friends into cocktails by starting with sparkling wine-based concoctions. I have never met anyone who didn’t like this on first sip. It’s crisp, refreshing, unusual and not too sweet. The resulting alcohol content is actually the same as that of the sparkling wine you choose to use.

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Majestic Value Reds

Majestic Value Wines

Majestic wines for under £7 that will impress your guests and won’t give you a headache

My quest for value wines began when I went to the first charity Quiz Night at my son’s school. We were new reception parents and knew few people there, so relied on the cash bar for dutch courage. The only white wine they had was a wan and bitter Pinot Grigio that tasted like it had been used to clean an institutional coffee maker. The red wine was equally harsh and undrinkable.

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