Looking for cheaper alternatives to your favourite wines? Well, here are some suggestions available on Winebuyers.com, a member site featuring over 50,000 wines and spirits from over 40 countries, from Mexico to Madagascar.
- Swap Malbec for Frankovka £8.58
Croatian wine is hip through and through. Frankocka is comparable to Malbec because it’s similar in body (medium-bodied), dark fruits abound, with earthy undertones and dusty un-invasive tannins – this is cracking value.
- Swap Champagne for Cremant £14.34
Champagne but without the price tag, this award winning Cremant uses the champagne method but as the grapes are grown out of the region it can’t be called Champagne. Extremely fine bubbles, and a fresh, aromatic quality on the nose with lemony notes – gorgeous.
- Swap Pinot Grigio for Grüner £6
The super-star Austrian Grüner Veltliner grape grown just across the border in Hungary makes for a superior dry white at an affordable price. Low-intervention winemaking is only growing in popularity, making this natural wine very on trend. This new generation Austrian Gruner has the same neutral style as Pinot Grigio but more giving on the orchard fruits and the finish.
4. Swap Sauvignon Blanc for Furmint £8.24
Hungarian wine is becoming more popular, meaning we’ve seen sommeliers sliding these onto wine lists as well as popping up more and more in trendy bars. Furmint has flavours of zingy gooseberries, ripe bears and limes. The finish is crisp, dry and mouth-watering.
- Swap your expensive Provence Rose for an affordable Provence Rose from the same Vineyard! £9.90
Created by the Provence chateau that remains owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Studio De Miraval has a very pale pink colour, it’s a crisp and precise wine which has a lovely mineral freshness, delicate aromas of citrus, red fruits and white flowers. And you can’t beat the price of under £10
- Swap Merlot for Tempranillo £6
A smooth red organic wine. Deep, black cherry colour with intense aromas of fresh red berry fruit (strawberries, raspberries) mingling with subtle creamy notes. Sweet on the palate, round, with a balanced acidity, and at that price a real steal, more than half the price so very good value for organic wine.
- Swap Sancerre for Picpoul de Pinet £8
Becoming more well-known and affordable option appearing on many wine lists, this dry, refreshing minerally white from France’s Languedoc. Fresh with delicate hints of citrus zest, a great match with fish, shellfish and paella. This super white deserves more recognition.
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