How to know which festive wine bargains to go for?—

There are plenty of festive offers on wine, but I prefer diving in when entire ranges offer a discount, or when whole countries are promoted. I’ve scoured the shelves for the best – and I’d suggest moving fast.

Waitrose branches currently have ‘Ten at £10’ – ten great bottles all down to a tenner until December 17. Alongside my wine of the week I would recommend Beronia Rioja Reserva 2014 (14%), down from £17.99 to £10, and Colomé Malbec 2017 from Argentina (14.5%), reduced to a tenner. Majestic has enticing prices when you buy six bottles – my recommendation is on offer from £16.99 to just £9.98 from December 10-16.

And for Champagne, type the code Champ15 into Corney & Barrow’s website for 15 per cent off the whole range of Delamotte Champagne – delicious fizz.


RIOJA ROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE: Cuñe Rioja Crianza 2016 (13.5%) £6.50 Morrisons. Smart Spanish red down from £8.75. Clean up.

I’M DREAMING OF A RED CHRISTMAS: Taste the Difference Zinfandel 2017 (14.5%) £9.50* Sainsbury’s (*from 11th Dec). This bold red is beautiful with beef. Grab it  by the horns.

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CLARET: Château Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande 2006 (13%) £9.98* Majestic  (*mix six price). Mature claret that’s a steal from December 9-16.

FAIRYTALE OF NEW PORT: Taylors LBV Port (20%) £10 Co-op. Down from £16, get in quick for you Christmas Stilton.


Villa Antinori 2016 (13.5%) £10 Waitrose. Down from £15.99 this rich Italian red is top with Christmas turkey.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 8th December 2019