With regular 25%-off deals on six bottles, and other promotions across the range, Waitrose has proven itself to be a great place for savvy wine lovers to shop.
The supermarket won Champagne & Sparkling Specialist of the Year in the2020 Decanter Retailer Awards, and its Waitrose & Partners No.1 range is also worth paying attention to – there are some great buys here, especially in the sweet and fortified categories. These wines are designed to show good typicity, and as such are a good introduction to styles you may not have tried before
So, top 10 Best waitrose wine in UK 2021 for you to choose
1. Nyetimber Classic Cuvee NV
Pride of place must be given to Nyetimber – our bestselling English sparkling wine, one of the most internationally acclaimed English sparkling wines, they have triumphed against top-flight Champagnes and even the most experienced tasters have mistaken their wines for serious Champagne. Meticulous in the extreme, their chief winemaker, Cherie Spriggs, made headlines in 2012 when she declared the vintage not up to scratch and therefore they would not be making a wine that year.
2. Zuccardi Malamado Red Liqueur Wine Malbec
From a successful family business’s comes this stunning Malbec. A beautiful deep violet colour with dark plums, blackberries and spicy notes.
3. Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella 2015 Veneto
Matured in 3500 litre vats. This has lovely sweet cherry and berry fruits, with some liqueur-like richness and more elegance and purity than you get in many Amarones. There are also notes of rose petals, dried tea and herbs. Lovely.
4. Campari Bitter 70 cl, 25% ABV – Italian Spirit Aperitif – The Heart of The Negroni
Campari is a contemporary and charismatic classic. The recipe, which has remained unchanged, originated in Novara in 1860 and is the base for some of the most famous cocktails around the world. Campari is an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water. With its vibrant red colour, intense aroma and inspiring flavour, Campari has always been a symbol of intrigue and pleasure, which unfurls itself into a captivating drinking experience. These are the values that have made the Campari brand famous throughout the world as an icon of passionate Italian style and excellence.
5. Aperol Aperitivo 100 cl, 11% ABV – Italian Spritz
Aperol is best enjoyed in its signature cocktail, the Aperol Spritz, a traditional Italian aperitif. It is bright orange in color, light on alcohol (11%), refreshing and has a bittersweet taste deriving from a blend of high-quality herbs and roots.
Aperol brings people together and is the perfect drink to start the evening, all year round. The drink matches perfectly with food: the Aperitivo ritual born in Veneto sees the Aperol Spritz served with some traditional light bites called ”cicchetti’, small dishes that usually include tiny sandwiches, olives and small portions of local dishes. Try it at home! Aperol was created by the Barbieri brothers and launched in 1919 at the Padua International Fair, soon becoming one of Italy’s favorite liqueurs, now taking the world by storm. The original recipe has remain unchanged since 1919.
6. Berry Bros. & Rudd The Merchants Selection Range Prosecco Extra-Dry Non Vintage Wine
The aromas are scented and display delicacy, with fresh apple. pear and white flower notes. The palate is light in body and fruity, with more orchard fruit and a fine mousse. The finish is long and vibrant.
7. Cinzano Prosecco D.O.C. 75cl, 11% – Italian Dry Sparkling Wine
Cinzano Prosecco is an aromatic, dry sparkling wine made from white muscatel grapes that are specially selected from the very best vineyards of the Colline Trevigiane region in Northern Italy.
8. Cinzano Classico Bianco 75 cl, 15% ABV – Italian Vermouth Aperitif
Cinzano, established in 1757, has 250 years expertise in creating authentically Italian Vermouths with consistent quality that has been passed from generation to generation.
A light yellow vermouth with a fragrant, full-bodied and delicate aroma, Cinzano Bianco is sweet and extremely versatile. It can be enjoyed straight as an apéritif or with a splash of soda and a slice of lemon. Cinzano Bianco is best served chilled.
9. Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino, 75cl
Made to a family recipe created more than 100 years ago, Cocchi’s rich, intense, well-rounded flavour sets it apart from the competition. With enticing notes of red fruits and orange, this is a versatile vermouth that is delicious served on its own with ice, but also makes a great base for a range of cocktails, including a Manhattan, Martinez or Negroni.
10. Brugal Blanco Supremo White Rum, 700 ml
A blend of rums young people aged in white oak american with aromas of vanilla, oak, Candy, pear and coconut, offers a perfect balance to manufacture all kinds of cocktails and combined.
How to choose the perfect waitrose wine
Taste before purchase
The world of wine is a complex, dynamic and intriguing place, which can make buying for a large group of people a daunting task. So the number one rule for your wedding day should be – if you like it, it is right.
My favourite stories come from couples who seek out a variety they enjoyed on their first date, or a blend from a part of the world where they travelled together
We have put together a collection of wedding favourites so you can explore the best selling versions of your favourite variety, country or style of wine. We suggest you mix your own taster case of two reds, two whites and two sparkling wines from this favourites list to sample.
A guide to corkage
The first question every couple asks when they start thinking about wine and fizz for their wedding is, do we get better value if we go with the house wine at our venue or should we bring in our own wine?
We recommend you do a bit of research on the house wines you are presented with, compare the cost of the wine to the reviews you find and then decide would you get a higher quality wine for the same/ less cost if you purchased bottles yourself and paid the corkage fee.
Many couples decide to pay the corkage fee to bring in wines that are personal to them or most simply do it to get more value for money per bottle of wine.
The reception drink
Traditional champagne is a classic offering and a guaranteed crowd pleaser or, if you would prefer to save your beverage budget for higher quality wines for your main meal you could try a cava or prosecco with a dash of Chase Elderflower Liqueur for a sumptuous twist.
If you have a summer wedding why not add champagne to Pimms; in equal amounts to the lemonade, for a refreshing pimms royal punch.
Wine for dining
The key for buying wine for your wedding meal is to keep it simple. Choose a white to match a lighter, chicken or fish dishes and a red to match a darker meat. Cellar specialist Rebecca has put together a great food and wine pairing guide for specific recommendations.
When considering the ratio of white wine to red wine, going 50/50 is the safe choice. If you are having a summer wedding serving 60% white wine and 40% red might be a good idea; consider the reverse if you are having a winter wedding.
Fizz for the toast
Bottles of fizz typically serve 6 glasses, so relatively, you need to buy less bottles of bubbly than red and white wine.
Generally; 9 bottles of fizz will serve one glass per person for a group of 50, 18 bottles will serve one glass each for a group of 100 and 26 bottles will serve one glass per person for 150 people.
Find the Top Ten Wines in the UK from your favourite retailers.
The Top Ten Wines is a list of still and sparkling wines given awards in blind tastes from the biggest International wine award competitions in the world. The list is selected on value for money as well as newspaper and consumer reviews. Hope it will help you find out the best waitrose wine for you!