Budget friendly drinks

In this week’s WEEKEND magazine, Olly suggests some budget friendly for family feasts for under a fiver.

Mushroom and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Olly’s beer pairing: Erdinger Weissbier (5.3%) £1.80, 500ml, Tesco

I love the refreshing scent of this classy wheat beer. With gentle aromatic flair, it’s just the ticket for a tasty noodle bowl. Serve cold in a wine glass to maximise aromas.

BBQ Seasoned Chicken and Veg Traybake

Olly’s wine pairing: Grapevine Malbec (13%) £3.89, Aldi

Finding a sub-£5 red this drinkable is a real surprise. Juicy and tangy, it’s my pick of the value options for simple dinners. Don’t expect the world though at this price!

Jam and Sponge Pudding

Olly’s wine pairing: Nozeco Rosé (0%) £3.25, Tesco

For a full 75cl bottle of fruity bubbly with no alcohol, this isn’t half bad as a partner for this luscious dessert.

Vegetable Curry

Olly’s wine pairing: Atelier Mirabeau Pret-A-Porter Rosé (12.5%) £3.49 for 25cl, reduced to £2.79 until 25 April, Waitrose

Excellent value with the discount, this rosé in a can tastes classy and sophisticated. It’s suitable for vegetarians too, and is therefore the perfect choice to accompany this tasty vegetable curry

Chorizo Hash

Olly’s wine pairing: Baron Amarillo Rioja Reserva 2017 (13.5%) £5.75, Aldi

A classic style of Rioja Reserva that’s fairly priced and delivers its trademark mellow splendour with boundless supple, sleek fruit and the merest whisper of smoke.

Tuna Pasta Bake

Olly’s beer pairing: Super Bock (4.7%) £2.50, 660ml, Morrisons

A decent-sized bottle for the price gives a few grown-ups a glass of this refreshing classic beer from Portugal. It makes a good-value pairing with informal recipes.

This article was originally published in the Daily Mail’s WEEKEND magazine in Saturday 15th April 2023.

Read the full column and get all the lip smacking recipes HERE.

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