TOP TIPPLE WHITE – SPLURGE:
£12.75 @ Sainsbury’s (usual bottle price £20, save £3 to £17 until Tues 17th November and then buy 6+ bottles save an additional 25% until this Sunday 8th November)
This really is an incredible price for an excellent Champagne! I have bought 12 bottles already and am concerned I haven’t bought enough – I opened one on Saturday for Halloween and it was just as good as I remembered. This wine is Blanc de Noirs, so only made from the two red grapes traditionally found in Champagne; Pinot Meunier (60%) and Pinot Noir (40%) but without the third which is Chardonnay. Although made from red grapes it is not a rosé champagne and has the structure and roundness you would expect from both grapes. Yeasty with subtle notes of grilled nuts this is pretty, balanced and delicious. I really can’t recommend this enough.
TOP TIPPLE RED – STEAL:
£3.49 @ Co-op (save 50p until 24th November)
With Autumn upon us and it being Fireworks Night tonight, but enjoyed around the country throughout the weekend, what better time to recommend a warming, spicy glass of red! This takes me back years to the time I had to make mulled wine on TV and buying it already prepared sure takes the time and preparation out of things! A delicious seasonal drink with notes of cinnamon and orange, almost like a wintery Sangria, though sunny summer already feels a long time ago.