The Wine Advent: 10 December: Reds Under £10

The Wine Advent: 10 December: Reds Under £10

The Wine Advent is a series of 25 posts in the run up to Christmas day where I will give you an insight into my favourite festive wines. Follow me on Twitter or Like my Facebook page to ensure you don’t miss opening up the advent!

Continuing on from my favourite great value white wines for the festive period, today I want to share some superb reds that don’t break the bank.These four reds are some of my favourites, although these days there’s such a selection of excellent quality red wines under £10. It’s worth experimenting and trying something new!

One that never fails to impress is Cabalie 2014 (£8.99, LaithwaitesView My Tasting Notes). A Grenache-dominated blend from Southern France, it’s ripe, full bodied and exciting. Perfumed nose and yet rich blackberry fruit on the palette, it’s a gorgeous wine for Christmas. It’s warming alcohol is bound to keep you smiling through the cold!

Triade Primitivo (£8.99, Waitrose CellarView My Tasting Notes) on the other hand is an inky, medium-bodied red from Italy with notes of liquorice, blackberries and coffee. It’s wonderful with food and will make a great partner with your roast beef or a lasagne dish. It is one of the wines I have in the house regularly for an occasional drink.

I’ve talked a lot about Eastern European wines recently and my next recommendation is simply fantastic. Tsantali Organiki Cabernet Sauvignon (£9.49, Waitrose CellarView My Tasting Notes) is a really earthy Cabernet but the fruit is again so ripe and juicy that it’s marvellous to drink young. Plus every vintage seems to be getting better and better, so grab a bottle while it’s still under £10!

Want more of a bargain? I actually really enjoyed Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Merlot (From £5, Sainsbury’sView My Tasting Notes). It doesn’t bag as much style as the others but it’s very drinkable – and Chile is really starting to make some beautiful Merlot. This is also a good pick if you fancy a few bottles for the Christmas party.