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How to find a decent wine in convenience stores - Telegraph

How to find a decent wine in convenience stores - Telegraph | Wines and People |

Many a bad wine has been whisked last minute from a local supermarket shelf: let my speedy guide spare you the pain.
The quick dart into a convenience store for supper and a bottle of wine does not usually find us at our best. [...]
So I thought I'd do some of the work for you, by picking wines to try from the shelves of Tesco Express and Metro; Sainsbury's Local; Little Waitrose and M & S Simply Food stores. For extra authenticity, I went into the shops at the end of a working day, tired and cross, and chose wines partly by looking for whatever attractive label/good price combination might appeal if I knew nothing (and a few that I knew ought to be good). The ones that stood out – for bad as well as good reasons – are listed here.
Before I let the tasting notes speak for themselves, a word on price. Almost all these wines cost more in the small convenience outlets than in the main supermarket. Retailers say that this reflects the extra cost of running smaller local stores which often have longer opening hours, but I find some of those hikes – particularly the M & S ones – a little hard to swallow.


School report: Some good, solid wines and performing better at the £5 end of things than I'd expected.
Best buys

  • Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2011 Italy (12.5%,(12.5%, £5.85/£5.59) - Good. A clean, fresh verdant white that has a bit of grip, like grape skins. Super with food. Drank this with antipasti, including the River Café brown lentils and ricotta with rocket recipe. A real hit.
  • Italian Red Rich, Intense 2011 Puglia, Italy (12.5%, £5.22/£4.99)

Also consider

  • Spanish Dry white aromatic & citrus NV Spain (12%, £5.22/£4.99)
  • Fief Guérin Vieilles Vignes Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu 2011 France (12%, £7.83/£7.49)


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Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, Italy

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, Italy | Wines and People |

Verdicchio used to be a bone-dry fish-dish white, but the new confidence in Italian white winemaking is demonstrating what an excellent grape Verdicchio is – ripe golden yellow fruit almost like baked apples and peaches, kept fresh with the nip of apple peel and a sprig of mint and Adriatic dill.

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Organic Wines Le Marche: Geos Rosso Piceno Moncaro

Organic Wines Le Marche: Geos Rosso Piceno  Moncaro | Wines and People |
  • Vineyards - Growing area: the Marche, in the province of Ascoli Piceno.
  • Location: the vineyards are sited nearby Acquaviva Picena town and are cultivated by using the biological techniques.
  • Age: varies from 8 to 30 years.
  • Soils: derived from alluvially-deposited seabed sediment, predominantly Plio-Pleistocene and Miocene, with predominance of sand and rock sloping down to the coast.
  • Aspect and elevation: on sunny hills at 200-350 m.
  • Grapes: 60% Montepulciano, 40% Sangiovese.
  • Training system: guyot and double guyot.
  • Vineyard density: 2.500-4.000 vines per hectare.
  • Yield: 100 q of grapes.
  • Harvest: hand-picked.
  • Vinification: fermentation at controlled temperature, maceration on the skins in steel tanks with daily pumpovers.
  • Maturation: partly in French oak barrels for 4 months
  • Appearance: ruby red colour tending to garnet at the rim.
  • Bouquet: soft fruit, well-ripened cherry melding impressively into subtler impressions of violet. Long and intense.
  • Palate: dry and sapid, its supple tannins and the alcoholic warmth create an admirable balance.
  • Cellaring - Its obvious youthful qualities best suit it to be enjoyed during its first year, but it give considerable pleasure even after 3-4 years.
  • Serving suggestions - Tomato sauce and ragout pasta, very good with bolognese lasagne and macaroni timbale. Perfect with porchetta (roast whole pig), shank of pork and veal stew.
  • Serving temperature - 16/18° C.
  • Alcohol: 12,5% vol.

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