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Anyone for Tennis? The new Pimms Blackberry and Elderflower

Or, LOVE ALL…

Pimm’s cup:  the quintessential Wimbledon tipple.  The Best of British with a Royal Warrant.  But I was almost permanently put off Pimms at a school fete, on a most perfectly sunny Pimmsy day many Junes ago.  Having handed over the hyperactive sugar-charged little darlings to their dad, I joined the queue at the very popular Pimms stand with all the other harangued mums.  My drink chit was limp with sweat by the time I handed it over to the dad on duty.
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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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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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