Sunday roast stunners
For a beefy red with a Sunday roast, go for the Aldi Californian Zinfandel. And while Italian reds and Spanish Rioja are good all-rounders, if you’re roasting pork, chicken or fish, pick rich whites such as Viognier or Chardonnay for maximum thrills. On the lighter side, Moulin à Vent from Beaujolais is a rare example which you can open now for its sleek fruit or age for a decade or more to reveal a richer, savoury stunner.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
Canyon Springs Californian Zinfandel 2017 (13.5%), £6.99, Aldi. Rich spicy red, with all the power of a rocket-fuelled blackberry. Divine!
Louis Jadot Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent 2018 (13.5%), £16, Sainsbury’s. Silky as a cherry disguised as a blueberry. A magic carpet of a wine, seamless and splendid.
Lavaux, Villette Les Murets, Blaise Duboux 2019 (12.3%) £18, thewinesociety.com. Amazing white with a cheeseboard or for a lively, pure apéritif.
Torre Bisenzio Sangiovese 2015 (14%), £22, oxfordwine.co.uk. Savoury and splendid, this tastes like Brunello on a budget. Grab it for a treat.
OLLY’S WINE OF THE WEEK
The Best Marques de Los Rios Crianza 2017 (13.5%), £6.50, Morrisons. Velvety with subtle spice, a textbook world-class Rioja for a bargain price.
This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 24th Oct 2021 – Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.