Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WINE with Andy Cronshaw

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WINE with Andy Cronshaw

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RECENT columns have featured a number of boutique wines available from online retailers so I thought I would redress the balance this week with some supermarket wines.

The supermarket isn't always my first port of call for wine but for most people it's easier to snap off a few bottles while buying a weekly shop.

Furthermore, supermarkets often offer wine at a discounted rate which is impossible for many independent retailers to match.

Tesco has invigorated its stock with a number of bottles that offer real quality for money.

TESCO FINEST FINO SHERRY 37.5CL (£6) It was great shame and an unaccountable decision for Tesco to discontinue its brilliant range of half-bottle sherries from Barbadillo, including its superb Manzanilla.

Instead Tesco has switched from Sanlucar de Barramedar to Jerez to stock a Fino made by Gonzalez Byass.

Marketed as being made by 'our talented winemaker Antonio Flores' who, of course, actually works for Gonzalez, it is a Fino of impeccable quality.

The style is a little richer than Tio Pepe with a very fragrant floral and toasty almond nose and a rounded palate that quickly hits a green apple seam of acidity.

It really is a fabulous aperitif and works just as well at this time of year as in the summer, especially when you have a few olives and some manchego cheese available.

TESCO FINEST BOUCHARD AîNé ET FILS MERCUREY 2016 (£13) If you are looking to get away from blockbuster reds or simply want to get into Pinot Noir but have been disappointed by it in the past this could be your wine.

Mercurey is wine royalty hailing from La Côte Chalonnaise in Burgundy and this bottle is made by a prestigious wine producer, making it very good value for money.

Burgundy has many expressions of Pinot Noir from very floral and linear to more sturdy examples.

This wine is a bit more rounded than many despite a difficult vintage which may account for its availability at this price. …

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