If you've ever found yourself scratching your head in the wine aisle of the supermarket, you're not alone. With all the supermarket promotional waffle and ostentatious wine label blurb to wade through, it can be hard to sort the trees (aka the good value stuff) from the woods (the rip offs).
Luckily for us, Master of Wine and founder of the Wotwine? app, Christopher Burr , has reviewed over 10,000 bottles of supermarket wine in the last two years (along with his team, of course- even the most enthusiastic connoisseur would struggle to do that alone) and has lent his trusted expertise to the masses; proving that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a good bottle. And the best part? They can sent straight to your door to save you a trip to the supermarket.
Here's his pick of the best bottles of red you can buy right now.
Parker Favourite Son Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Tasting notes: Intense, complex wine with black plums, blackcurrants, balanced oak and a characterful earthy rustic finish.
Parker Favourite Son Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is from the excellent Parker Estate in Coonawarra, south of Adelaide. This wine is £7.99 and, valued against its peers, is worth £15!
£7.99, Waitrose, Buy it now
Bouchard Père et Fils, Fleurie 2015
Tasting notes: Nicely made, fruit-driven, light bright wine with flavours of cherries and Mirabelle plums. Fresh and light, elegant and juicily succulent.
Spring is here, which is perfect for a light, fruity, juicy Beaujolais. Waitrose has a lovely Fleurie 2015 from top negociants Bouchard Père et Fils for £12.49 and worth £12.
£12.49, Waitrose, Buy it now
Espartero Rioja Gran Reserva 2010
Tasting notes: Silky wine with lovely maturity. Herbs and gentle spices over a savoury red cherry core, with sweet fruit, coffee and bitter chocolate on the long finish.
Espartero Rioja Gran Reserva 2010 is a very good class Rioja for £6 and worth over £20.
£11.48, Asda, Buy it now
Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Asda Extra Special, 2015
Tasting notes: Rewarding, generous wine with ripe cherry fruits, voluptuous body and a lovely fresh juicy finish.
For those who like the softness of juicy, full, rich Aussie Pinot Noir, this one is a snip at £7.98, especially as it’s worth £18.
£7.98, Asda, Buy it now
Primarius Oregon Pinot Noir
Tasting notes: Well made, light, elegant wine with balanced fruit and lovely earthy, spicy character. A long, classy elegant Pinot finish.
Some of the best Pinots from around the World come from the cool valleys of Oregon, and at £8.99 this wine a great buy and is worth £16.
£9.50, Tesco, Buy it now
Lagunilla Reserva 2011
Tasting notes: Interesting, savoury wine with complex mature character yet bright hedgerow fruits. Pepper, spice and leather flavours give a nice long finish.
Another great value Spanish wine in the Tesco range. Made in 2011, it is now nicely mature and complex and worth £12.
£42 per case, Tesco, Buy it now
Bordeaux Superieur 2015
Tasting notes: a sound Claret. Nicely made, well balanced wine with plummy fruit, gentle leather and some stoney complex minerality.
Made by one of the best Bordeaux negociants, Yvonne Mau, the Bordeaux Superieur from the excellent 2015 vintage comes in at £6, proving that you can get a decent wine for well under £10.
£36 per case, Tesco, Buy it now
Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Priorat 2011
Tasting notes: Nicely made wine with lovely ripe sweet fruits, gamey and earthy character and a long finish. Complex and intense.
This £10 wine is from one of the best vine growing regions of Spain up in the mountains inland from Barcelona, where old vine Garnacha (Grenache) makes intense, fascinating, complex reds. Worth at least £13.
£10, Sainsbury’s, Buy it now