My Top 10 Wines From Sainsbury's

by Angela Mount

The wine range at Sainsburys continues to win awards. As well as a comprehensive range of the well- known, tried and trusted wine names, under their own label, the buying team have searched out some new gems from lesser known regions. These were showcased at a recent press tasting, and spanned the world.

Here are a few of my favourites:

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TTD Prosecco
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Taste The Difference Prosecco di Conegliano NV - Now £10.00

This is one of the most reliable and high quality Proseccos around, which has scooped up prize after prize, including a coveted gold medal at last year’s International Wine Challenge. From the more premium region of Conegliano, within the bigger Prosecco area, it’s a step above the norm, with a stream of gentle bubbles, a delicate sherbet lemon and peachy aroma, and soft, gentle, creamy, appley fruit. The ideal chill-down drink at the end of the day, and a great value party fizz.

Calvet Pinot Blanc
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Calvet Alsace Pinot Blanc 2013 - Now £9.00

Alsace produce some of the most food-friendly wines in the world, and are the go-to choice for Asian dishes. This Pinot Blanc delight is great value, and a great introduction to Alsace if you haven’t tried their wines before – and don’t be put off by the Germanic-looking bottle, this is a real gem. A worthy winner of an International Wine Challenge silver medal, it’s soft and gentle, yet with a steely dry edge. With a heady mix of ripe pear, peach blossom and a touch of honey on the nose, it is aromatic, but very dry, with a smooth, gently spiced, yet lemony crisp finish. Look no further for the perfect match for stir-fries, Thai chicken curry, and soft cheeses.

Sancerre Les Caillottes
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Sancerre Les Caillottes 2013 - Now £13.50

If you’re fed up with the overt, pungent flavours of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but enjoy a more restrained style of this grape variety, head back to the grape’s original home, Sancerre, situated in the heart of France’s picturesque Loire valley. Tangy, vibrant and crisp, it’s mouth-tinglingly fresh, yet with a real depth of character, and a reined-in, taut elegance. With gooseberry, and granny smith apple character, it has concentration and real zing. The classic match to goats cheese, it’s also a great favourite with oysters, the freshest of seafood, and simply pan-fried plaice and river fish.

TTD Greco di Tufo
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Taste The Difference Greco di Tufo 2013 - Now £10.50

A very little-known white, from the deep, south west of Italy, as you head down from Naples, to Campania. The label is unremarkable, although the Greek urn does give a couple of clues. The name is almost totally unknown. Yet it’s getting a good fan base, and is yet another gold medal winner from the Sainsburys Taste the Difference range. It’s a deliciously, plump, fruit-packed, mouth-watering white with bags of character, bursting with rich, peachy fruit, hints of herbs, and a twist of lemon peel on the lively, dry finish; I love it with calamari, grilled salmon, chargrilled prawns, and seafood risotto.

TTD Gruner Veltliner
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Taste The Difference Gruner Veltliner 2013 - Now £7.50

Gruner Veltliner is a grape variety, which is a rising star from Austria, and produces some fabulous, crisp, dry, but very aromatic and spicy white wines, which are superbly versatile and great with food – this is delicious – full of lively, fresh, peach and nectarine aromas and flavours, with a hint of pepper and twist of spice, yet vibrantly dry – try it with spicy noodle salads, prawn or fish curries, and also mildly spiced chicken dishes.

TTD Priorat
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Taste The Difference Priorat 2011 - Now £10.00

Priorat wines normally come with quite a hefty price tag, but this multi-award winner from Sainsburys Taste the Difference collection, gives consumers a chance to discover this style of wine, at a reasonable price. From the hills of Catalunya in north east Spain, it’s scooped a clutch of awards, since its launch. Dense, brooding and powerful, it has a rich, velvety style, bursting with dark blackberry and black cherry fruit, with hints of mocha, wild herbs and a spicy finish. Perfect with slow braised lamb, rich beef stews and spicy sausage and chorizo dishes, as well as mature cheeses.

TTD Douro
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Taste The Difference Douro 2012 - Now £8.25

The majestic and achingly beautiful Douro Valley in northern Portugal is producing some similarly majestic red wines, in addition to its more traditional, world famous Ports. Made from the same, traditional grape varieties used for Port production, this dusky delight is the work of one of the top wine producers in the region, Quinta do Crasto. Wafting scents of violets, and sweetly spiced plums, it’s full-bodied, yet not overpowering, with masses of ripe, blackberry and prune flavours, and a stylish, opulent finish. This works well with rib-eye steak, roast beef, lamb casseroles, and pulled pork.

TTD Pic St Loup
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Taste The Difference Pic St Loup 2011 - Now £8.00

Sainsburys have come up trumps with this marvellous secret, from a small region, hidden beneath the high Jurassic hills in southern France. Pic St Loup is in the heart of the well-known Languedoc region, but is a name that you don’t see on many wines labels, and is certainly not recognized. This is well worth a try – it’s bright, bold and exuberant, full of very ripe, freshly crushed blackberry fruit, with a twist of black pepper, and aromas of fresh herbs. It’s actually remarkably fresh – it’s medium-bodied, with super ripe, juicy fruit, and a lively, spicy edge. Spring-like and delicious, especially with herby lamb steaks, peppered beef, and Mediterranean style stews.

TTD Marzemino
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Taste The Difference Marzemino delle Venezie 2013 - Now £5.00 (Buy 2 for £10)

For a soft, quaffable, inexpensive, lighter style red, this fits the bill perfectly. This delightful, joyous little red is named after the grape variety, Marzemino, which is relatively little known, but hails from the vineyards of Trentino in north east Italy. With its bright, cherry colour, it's soft and juicy, with bright, lively aromas of raspberries, strawberries and freshly cut herbs; it's uncomplicated, and offers a glassful of cheery, juicy, gentle berry fruit, with a smooth, fruity edge. Try it with charcuterie, gammon and light pasta dishes.

TTD Amarone
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Taste The Difference Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 - Now £16.00

This is a fascinating wine, as is the way it is made. Hailing from the Veneto region of north east Italy, it’s an incredibly, rich, lusty, concentrated style of red, often with pretty high alcohol levels. A proportion of the bunches of grapes are dried in the sun, to concentrate the grapes, and increase the amount of sugar in them. The result is a dense, brooding, handsome wine, oozing dark, licoricey, prune and dried fig fruit. With layer upon layer of chewy mocha and dark fruit flavours, the concentration of flavours is remarkable, especially at this price. This is definitely a wine for the heartiest of stews,, majestic roast beef, or a slab of top quality cheddar or parmesan.

*This article is showing the prices and stock available on 16/03/2015.

by Angela Mount, 16th March 2015

Angela Mount

Angela Mount

Angela Mount is a wine expert, writer, and presenter, and is also responsible for the the range selection for online wine retailer She famously had her taste buds insured for £10million by her former employers Somerfield.

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