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Wine down with these bargain bottles this weekend

By Paula Gracey

If you enjoy your wines, beers, spirits or liqueurs, then read on – I’ll be telling you about any new finds, bargains and my own personal favourites with a little bit of info but no lectures, I promise.

So let's get started with a super little white from Spain. There has definitely been a revolution in modern Spanish white winemaking over the past 10 years and the Saleta Moscatel-Sauvignon Blanc 2017, a mere £6.75 from the online Wine Society (www.thewinesociety.com) is a perfect example.

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Saleta Moscatel-Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Saleta takes its name from the 'little room' where this wine is blended over many months and the crisp and lively Sauvignon Blanc mixed with the fabulously floral Moscatel. 

This white is fresh and aromatic with delicious summer-fruit flavours and is easy drinking on its own but will also go well with lots of nibbles, olives, tapas and garlickly prawns – a bargain.

For the red wine lovers out there, here is a really exciting discovery... Nero Oro Appassimento 2017, £9.99 from Magestic wines or £8.99 when bought as a case of six. 

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Nero Oro Appassimento 2017

This red is made from the Nero D’Avola grape from Sicily and the traditional appassimento process means the grapes are left on the vines for longer, and then are dried on racks for 15 days where they lose 10-15% of their weight. All this helps to enhance the texture and robust flavours of the wine.

This is a dry, full bodied, luciously fruity red with yummy dried cherry and violet aromas. The palate is intense with red fruits, think plums, damsons and port style flavours along with hints of spice.  Try this characterful wine with spicy winter stews and rich roasts that will stand up to its fabulous intensity. Or, try the Root 1 Carmenere 2016 from Chile. The Root 1 range of wines from leading Chilean producer Vina Ventisquero are grown on the original ungrafted roots – hence the name.

This red is made with 85% Carmenere and 15% Syrah and is available from Morrisons and Amazon. On the nose you get lots of blackberry aromas and a touch of spice, then on the palate this wine is full bodied and very fruit forward with cherry and plum flavours as well as some vanilla and smoky hints – great with BBQ meats, steaks and even a rich lasagne.

Cheers! Back soon with more!

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