As a student, the wine selection at a supermarket often consists of the cheapest and highest percentage wines and that’s your go to. But as I reach a more mature age, I’ve come to realise that life is too short to be downing wine with no flavour or substance. I am also sick of newspapers writing cheap wine lists when each one is filled with wines that are closer to the ten-pound mark. These are simply unaffordable for a casual drink, a student or anyone who’s watching their purse.
So before you pick up that bottle of echo falls, here are some wonderful, but very cheap wines available easily that will not break the bank or leave that nasty sweet taste in your mouth.
- Isla Negra Sauvignon Blanc (£5.00)
This wine really is a classic in my household, a delicious crisp white wine, with notes of grapefruit, gooseberry and has a pretty good body to it. A great wine for everyday drinking.
- Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc (£6.39)
A strong percentage at 13.5% but you are paying that bit more for a stronger body. Acidic definitely, with tropical undertones but is very good to have at a party. A little bit more expensive, but very much worth it.
- Barefoot Pink Moscato (£5.50 on sale)
This is a great wine when you get it on sale and is truly absolutely delicious. A good wine for those who aren’t really into wine for the taste, because its just a hundred percent delicious and smooth. I advise to buy it up when it’s on sale to stockpile because it’s just so good!
- Jacobs Creek Sauvignon Blanc (£5.99)
Again, another good wine to add to your personal collection, a tropical wine with freshness to meet all your meals. Its perfect for dinner parties, cooking or simply just a drink on the side, and is often on sale so you can get a bargain.
- Exquisite Collection Argentinian Malbec (£5.99)
A fantastic red wine for those who prefer a glass of red, smooth, silky, you name it and this wine has got it. It’s extremely versatile and has notes of black fruit and vanilla, a wine you can truly pair with anything. Its quick to fly off the shelves, so keep your eye out at your local Aldi.
- Grapevine Chardonnay 2011 (£3.69)
A cheap wonderful Chardonnay, and for the price you can hardly complain. Not the best wine on this list for sure, but certainly one that would be food for cooking, drinking casually. Characterised by its peach, apple, oak afternotes, goes well with rich fish or vegetarian dishes.
- I heart Sauvignon Blanc (£5.99)
This one is another utterly delicious wine that is worth the extra pound. Crisp, fruity with aromas, zesty lemon flavours. It’s a simple bottle that ticks all the boxes and genuinely tastes good.
- Aimone Rosso 2016 (£4.99)
Another red that is highly praised in the wine community for its smoothness, lively, full-bodied wine with the perfect mixture of sweetness in one perfect bottle. Perfect with red meats or a hearty cheese.
- Bella Cucina Prosecco (£4.99)
A prosecco that isn’t overwhelmingly fruity, with a decent fizz but not too acidic. It’s light and dry which makes it perfect for cocktails. A bottle that for the price, is really worth it, and perfect for any fancy occasion as a quality bubbly. Plus it’s a decent percentage, so you know after a couple of glasses that this one will really tickle you pink.
- Hardys Chardonnay (£5.00)
Any Hardy’s wine guarantees a delicious drink and this one is no exception. A really good wine if you are a bit skint but still want a really delicious crisp bottle of wine to drink leisurely and the name really transports you into a luxurious lifestyle. Picture drinking on a yacht in the Bahamas, with your cavalier and caviar all at your fingertips.