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Wine Favourites: October 2023

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Autumn is here! It's time to pull out those richer reds and celebratory wines as we approach the festive season. So which wines have I been exploring this month over on my Instagram? Let's dive in!

Soave Classico D.O.C from Sainsbury's £8.00

Soave, the pride of Valpolicella near Verona, is the perfect wine for colder weekends and the transition into autumn. Expect citrus notes of peach and tangerine and a refreshing finish.

Franciacorta is “the Champagne of Italy”. This bubbly Brut boasts florals, fruit and a touch of vanilla. Aged for 36 months, it's an impressive celebratory fizz to enjoy and makes a wonderful gift as an alternative to Champagne.

This beautiful fizz blends Chardonnay (75%), Pinot Nero (15%) and Pinot Bianco (10%) grapes from 134 vineyards, each vinified with precision and blended with 20% of reserves wines. A gem!

New to German wine, then you’ll LOVE Spätburgunder - also known as Pinot Noir. Spätburgunder is great quality and fantastic value at only £15.50. It is a little bit more expensive than your usual £5-£8 bottle, but oh my, it’s worth it! Plus – it’s much cheaper than Pinot Noir which typically starts from £25 a bottle, so really it’s a bargain! This wine would be my first step into the world of German red wines, because the skins are thin creating this delicate lighter style of red wine. So dip your toe in the delight that is Spätburgunder! Enjoy this with a mushroom risotto, a charcuterie board or even with salmon because it’s lovely, light and delicate. Watch my 'Taste Test' Reel on Instagram here.

This is a wonderful example of Barbera d'Asti aged for 12 months in a blend of Slavonian oak and French oak barrels, full of red and blue berry fruits, great acidity with a savoury finish. Not too heavy, easy to drink on its own - and fantastic value!

Chianti Classico is famous and comes from Tuscany, Italy. Between Florence and Sienna. Expect ripe cherry flavours with a spicy, savoury finish - perfect with a steak.

The hidden gem of Portugal. If you like Albariño, you'll love Alvarinho! Also know as Vinho Verde - have you heard of it? Vinho Verde Alvarinho can be yours for less than £10 a bottle. An absolute steal when you consider the quality you’re getting. Geography wise, Albariño hails from Spain, while Alvarinho is Portugal’s equivalent. These two nations, united by the Iberian Peninsula, share more than just borders. They boast similar terroirs, influenced by the Atlantic coast. Picture verdant, rolling hills, cooling ocean breezes—these are the conditions that nurture such exquisite grapes. Watch my Instagram Reel here.

A under-the-radar white wine from Spain. Have you heard of Txakoli? It has a soft fizz that tingles the palate and adds an unexpected excitement to this wine, but would I buy it again? Find out in my Instagram Reel here.

19 Crimes The Uprising Red Wine from Sainsburys £10.50 (On offer for £8.50) A fun glow in the dark bottle especially for Halloween. This wine pays homage to Australia's "rum rebellion" of 1808. A portion of this wine has thus been aged for 30 days in rum barrels and is dark with jammy flavours. Sainsbury’s – on offer from £10.50 to £8.50


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