News you can trust since 1817

7 cheaper alternatives to your favourite wines - including a budget-friendly fizz

With the weekend almost upon us and pay day a distant memory, many of us are looking for ways to save some cash while still enjoying a good glass of wine.

Published: February 6, 2020
Categories:

To help, the experts at Winebuyers.com have shared their top seven wines, which are as good as more commonly known grape varieties but, as they aren't as popular, are priced a bit lower.

With like-for-like swaps on wines such as Malbec, Pinot and even fizz, why not try something new this weekend?

Swap Malbec for Frankovka

wines

Picture: Winebuyers.com

The team at Winebuyers say: "Croatian wines are 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 Pinot Grigio for Grüner

This Austrian Grüner Veltliner grape is grown just across the border in Hungary, and makes for a superior dry white at an affordable price.

Advertisements

Low-intervention wine-making 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 has a fruitier finish.

  Innis & Gunn launch Islay whisky cask beer in collaboration with Laphroaig

Swap Sauvignon Blanc for Furmint

Hungarian wine is becoming more popular, meaning you'll see these appearing on wine lists more often, as well as popping up frequently in trendy bars.

Winebuyers say: "Furmint has flavours of zingy gooseberries, ripe bears and limes. The finish is crisp, dry and mouth-watering."

Swap an expensive Provence Rose for an affordable version from the same vineyard

wines

Picture: Winebuyers.com

"Created by the Provence chateau that remains owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Studio De Miraval has a very pale pink colour," say the team at Winebuyers.

"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 

Tempranillo is ideal for Merlot fans as it is a smooth wine that is a deep, black cherry colour.

It has intense aromas of fresh red berry fruit (strawberries, raspberries), which mingle with subtle creamy notes.

  Aldi teams up with Williams Bros to launch competition to name a new beer

Sweet on the palate, round, with a balanced acidity, this one is more than half the price of an organic Merlot - so very good value.

Swap Champagne for Cremant 

wines

Picture: Winebuyers.com

Described by Winebuyers as: "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."

Fizz fans can expect extremely fine bubbles, and a fresh, aromatic quality on the nose with lemony notes.

Swap Sancerre for Picpoul de Pinet

Winebuyers say: "Becoming more well-known and affordable option appearing on many wine lists, this dry, refreshing minerally white is from France’s Languedoc.

"Fresh with delicate hints of citrus zest, a great match with fish, shellfish and paella. This wine deserves more recognition."

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

Let us know what you think

comments

©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.
Cookie SettingsTerms and ConditionsPrivacy Policy
crossmenu linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram