February is that terrible in between month – the miserable end of winter (not even Xmas to look forward to!) with spring not quite in sight. Here’s five very affordable wines which don’t break the £7 budget, and which match with different moods and occasions this February.
Choose to stay home alone and treat yourself to something luxurious. Tesco Finest Dessert Sémillon 2015 Tesco £6. From the De Bortoli family famous for Noble One comes this delicious, great-value, award-winning sweet wine. It is an excuse to have a “proper” dessert-for-one like a Tarte Tartin, or a chunk of English blue cheese.
Here’s a new one – and this one you won’t break! Try something new in the wine department! Morrisons Best Grenache Blanc £6.75. If you’re a bit bored with Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, try this South African white which is nice and fresh, but has unusual and evocative aromas of spices and herbs. This pairs well with vegetarian food. Next new adventure: the grape variety Pais!
La Fortezza Merlot 2018 Marks & Spencer £7. Dream of your next trip to Italy with this Merlot from sunny Sicily – but it is firm rather than overtly fruity wine, and might just change your opinion of Merlot.
Orange Natural Wine Asda £6.25. It is a really versatile wine to match with all kinds of textures and flavours, including bitter and salty.
Exquisite Cream Sherry £5.99. Forget everything you thought you knew about Sherry: it is not old-fashioned! Sherry is back, particularly Tawny ports. Nothing beats a glass of this rich, intensely flavoured port with dried fruit and nut characters to warm you up when you get home from work.