Winter warmer won’t break the bank

wine hand in 8.10.08
wine hand in 8.10.08
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To combat the cold, and budget the weekly shop, there’s nothing like a good value vino which headlines in the The Co-op’s ‘Red Wine of the Month’.

The Co-op’s ‘Red Wine of the Month’.

For a good match with pot roast leg of lamb, or Moroccan lamb tagine, try The Co-operative Rioja Tinto, Vina Gala NV, Spain (£4.49 from £5.49, The Co-op). It’s surprisingly good, with raspberry, sweet spices, tingly tannins and a marvellously smooth finish.

A Chilean cab sav is always good for mid-week, especially one that’s robust enough to cope with sausage, mash and gravy. Try Extra Special Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Chile (£6.58, Asda) - grippy with black cherry and spice, firm tannins and an oaky sweetness, it will reward you more if it’s opened a couple of hours before serving.

For a dose of Italian hospitality and warmth, grace the table with a bottle of Vinchio Vaglio, I Tre Vescovi 2009, Barbera d’Asti Superiore, Piedmont, Italy, (£7.19 from £8.99, until Feb 21, Waitrose).

Pleasant with a plummy nose, basket of leafy, brambly fruits and lively tannins, it improves with every sip.