Chateau Laubès Bordeaux (Morrisons)

That Bordeaux makes the very best red wines in the world is certainly a cliché, many would probably also say a truism. But while the connoisseurs wax lyrical over bottles that can cost as much as the average monthly salary, what about those of us who buy most, or even all, of our wine at the supermarket? Good value claret* … Read More

Tom BradfordChateau Laubès Bordeaux (Morrisons)

Altos de Tamaron Crianza 2006 (Morrisons)

Twice in the last week I’ve had people tell me they love red wine. “OK, what kind do you go for?” I enquire, to be met with a sheepish “I like Rioja to be honest…” Now don’t get me wrong, I like a good glass of Rioja as much as anyone. But I can’t bear the thought of constantly buying … Read More

Tom BradfordAltos de Tamaron Crianza 2006 (Morrisons)

Dancing Bull Zinfandel (Morrisons)

Californian wine will not be ignored, no matter how much some producers in the ‘old world’ might want it to be. It’s proven capable of delivering good value on the bargain basement shelves (depending on your taste), and also of making outright quality that can give anything from Europe some serious competition. And it’s not content just with taking aim … Read More

Tom BradfordDancing Bull Zinfandel (Morrisons)

Kiwi Cuvee Pinot Noir (Asda)

Pinot Noir slips under the radar of many wine drinkers. That’s probably because it’s not a major feature of the sub-£10 market, which is mainly because it’s a notoriously tricky grape to grow successfully. Times are changing though, as the likes of Chile, and plucky Romania, have shown that they can produce a credible PN at a more budget-friendly cost. … Read More

Tom BradfordKiwi Cuvee Pinot Noir (Asda)

Morrisons Chilean Carmenere

The word ‘Chilean’ is pretty much redundant here. That’s because most of the Carmenere vines left in the world are in Chile, and I’d be very surprised to see any wines made elsewhere with this grape sat on our supermarkets’ shelves. Apparently, it was long mistaken for Merlot, until the advent of DNA testing. Which for me at least, conjures … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrisons Chilean Carmenere

Morrisons Côtes du Rhône Villages

Morrisons has been winning plaudits for its wine selection since its big re-launch. I’d obviously mentioned my curiosity about it pretty often, because my wife decided to indulge it by buying me a mixed case from the selection. Good times. Choosing where to start was never going to be easy, but I plumped for this own brand Côtes du Rhône … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrisons Côtes du Rhône Villages

Cru de la vallée du Rhône – Châteauneuf du Pape (Lidl)

My trial of Lidl’s range of famous French wines without the famous price tags continued with this offering from the Rhône valley (see Vin de Bourgogne Chablis for the start of this trial and La Châsse Côtes du Rhône Reserve for comments on the Rhône region). Here are the key facts: 1.  Châteauneuf du Pape is a village in the … Read More

Tom BradfordCru de la vallée du Rhône – Châteauneuf du Pape (Lidl)

Mr Smith McLaren Vale Shiraz (on sale at various independent merchants)

If you can name just a few grape varieties, I’ll bet Shiraz is one of them. In the late nineties and early noughties, we Brits went mad on vino from the land of Oz, and Shiraz was at the forefront of that craze. Now picking a bottle of this stuff leaves you worrying that you’ve succumbed to a cliché, and … Read More

Tom BradfordMr Smith McLaren Vale Shiraz (on sale at various independent merchants)

Las Falleras Red (Marks & Spencer)

This is one of M&S’ very cheapest offerings, at just £4.99 per bottle and the name means ‘fireworks’. But would it have us all gasping with delight, or just prove to be a bit standard? If the region is anything to go by, it could be spectacular (for the price). It’s from Utiel-Requeña, in the East of Spain by the … Read More

Tom BradfordLas Falleras Red (Marks & Spencer)

Cepa Lebrel Rioja Reserva (Lidl)

Rioja must be one of the best known, and perhaps most popular, wine regions in the world. That doesn’t mean it’s well understood by the average wine drinker though. So, in my usual style, here’s a quick crash course first. Most Rioja is red and there are two principal grapes: Tempranillo and Garnacha (aka Grenache). Both are associated with the … Read More

Tom BradfordCepa Lebrel Rioja Reserva (Lidl)