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Can any one recommend me a Red Wine up to £10 which does not taste bitter or like a Merlot?  My wife and I find it increasingly difficult to find a red wine in average Supermarket which actually tastes like in its description in the label.

Which supermarket? Morrisons often have Wolf Blass at under a tenner, the yellow label Cabernet Sauvignon is more than acceptable and the red labels WB are also more than palatable.

Also have a look in Aldi & Lidl - both made a big point a couple of years ago of promoting decent wine at supermarket prices and have a useful colour coding guide on the shelves. I can't give you any specific names for them or Morrisons as I'm happy to try random selections and see what happens. Usually it's good, esp around the sweet spot of £7-10 a bottle.

Waitrose had a nice Sagrato Chianti Reserve over the weekend, on offer at about £8 iirc. It got me through the Sunday ironing pile & MoTD2 while OH was doing her marking & planning.

As a general approach I look for Merlots, Malbecs, Cab Suav and Pinot Noirs if the label suggests enough flavour. As often as not a random bottle in the £7-10 range rarely disappoints, certainly not after the third glass. Hic.

Romi posted:

Can any one recommend me a Red Wine up to £10 which does not taste bitter or like a Merlot?  My wife and I find it increasingly difficult to find a red wine in average Supermarket which actually tastes like in its description in the label.

Sainsbury's 'Taste The Difference' Languedoc.

Co-op Las Moras Barrel Select Malbec

Waitrose (and widely) Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages (I think it is under £10, the last one I had was a present).

I wouldn't let any description on the label spoil your enjoyment of the wine. Like letters to the editor in a newspaper, it's probably partly there to provoke you. Anyway, I've found the three above hugely enjoyable and I hope you will too.

Chris

I rarely buy wine from supermarkets, there is just too much dross on the shelves. I’m not saying it’s all bad, but I just don’t think it’s worth taking a chance. I also worry that a £10 bottle is actually a £5 bottle that has had it’s price hiked in preparation for the half price ‘deal’ when they then sell the stuff for what it’s actually worth. 

I now buy wine online, mainly from the Wine Society and Naked Wines. 

Have a look at The Sunday Times / Laithwaites Wine Club.

There's lots of very quaffable reds, e.g. Black Stump Reserve or The Waxed Bat Reserve, both usually available under a tenner.

Failing that, Majestic are pushing Portuguese Reds which do seem to be on the up and up at the moment.

Majestic also now own Naked Wines, who specialise in smaller, independent, producers, and who have given us some real gems in

recent years, again, largely, at under a tenner.

Enjoy!

dave marshall posted:

Have a look at The Sunday Times / Laithwaites Wine Club.

There's lots of very quaffable reds, e.g. Black Stump Reserve or The Waxed Bat Reserve, both usually available under a tenner.

Failing that, Majestic are pushing Portuguese Reds which do seem to be on the up and up at the moment.

Majestic also now own Naked Wines, who specialise in smaller, independent, producers, and who have given us some real gems in

recent years, again, at largely under a tenner.

Enjoy!

I think it’s the other way round, Naked bought Majestic, but as long as their wine is good, who cares! Might have to pay Majestic a visit, though, I do like a decent Portuguese red. 

Romi posted:

Can any one recommend me a Red Wine up to £10 which does not taste bitter or like a Merlot?  My wife and I find it increasingly difficult to find a red wine in average Supermarket which actually tastes like in its description in the label.

Look at Rhone reds. Try the Yapp website - Rhone is their specialist area - to get an idea.

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