High street merchant-seeking-a-buyer
Oddbins is having a summer clearout sale. There’s some good stuff to
be had at attractive discounts, although the exact range stocked will
vary from branch to branch.
I won’t bore you with an exhaustive list (most, but not all of
the items on sale can be seen at www.oddbins.com),
but here are my top tips. Firstly, the wines of Erich and Walter
Polz, from Styria in Austria, are all reduced by £2. I’ve tried
all of these, and this is a producer I’m very impressed by. Take
your pick from the Weissburgunder (now £5.99), Grauburgunder (£5.99)
or Chardonnay (£7.99): they are all delicious, mineralic, spicy
whites with plenty of character and flavour. Unmissable bargains in my
I was bowled over by the wines of Vergelegen (South Africa)
when I tasted them at the Decanter rising stars fine wine encounter,
and the good news is that Oddbins are discounting them all by £2.
Definitely worth a try, especially the Merlot and the flagship wine
I was also tempted by the £4 off the 1997 Petaluma Cabernet
Merlot, which is a powerful but elegant premium wine from
Coonawarra in South Australia. Other bargains include some
substantially discounted Burgundies, although I haven’t tried these.
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