When it comes to wine in 2013, there are two things that you can be sure of.
Firstly, last year’s harvest was a washout in much of Europe, which is going to affect supply and quality. Secondly, and related to the poor harvest, prices are going to rise as many producers think that prices are too cheap in the UK for quality wine, so 2013 may well see that beginning to change.
Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Chile (£7.99 and Waitrose on offer at £5.99 until January 22) is a great example of wine that constantly delivers on price and for such a huge brand, this is amazing winemaking. It’s not a shy wine, there is lots of blackcurrant, spice and some mocha followed by ripe tannins. It’s perfect with tomato-based pasta dishes and surely one of the best value Cabernet wines you can currently buy on the market.
TOP TIPPLE Saint-Véran 2010, Blason de Bourgogne
When it comes to harvests, 2010 was an excellent vintage in Burgundy, so this is worth snapping up. Saint-Véran is in Southern Burgundy and this un-oaked Chardonnay shows white and citrus fruits and has a lovely gentle finish. It’s immensely satisfying with salmon fishcakes or a chicken salad.
It’s widely available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Waitrose, £10.99.