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Wines under £20 to pair with haggis for Burns night

Master of Wine, Rose Murray Brown picks her top wines under £20 to pair with haggis this Burns night.

Published: January 23, 2023

The talk is always about matching whisky and haggis at this time of year, but for wine lovers there are plenty of wine options to pair with this peppery meaty dish.

For whites choose spicy, rich textural wines like gewurztraminer, fiano or viognier – and pick reds with bright juicy fruits, soft tannins and peppery notes like syrah, primitivo, agiorgitiko, zweigelt and gamay.

Here are my top wines under £20 for serving with your Burns night haggis, neeps and tatties.


Sicily, Italy: ‘Ciaca Bianca’ Fiano 2022 Mandrarossa

Upfront juicy apricot fruit with peachy flavours, light spice and herby notes would more than stand up to haggis’ coarse oatmeal texture and spicy offal and onion.

£10.99-£12, Aitken Wines; Luvians; Vida Wines; Fine Wine Musselburgh

Alsace, France: The Society’s Exhibition Alsace Gewurztraminer 2019

The gewurztraminer grape has such intense texture and spicy undertones – particularly good value own label example here is from Hugel’s Grand Cru Sporen vineyard.

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£16, The Wine Society

McLaren Vale, Australia: Specially Selected Kooliburra Viognier Marsanne 2021

White Rhone lookalike with exotic perfumed notes of viognier and honeyed depth of marsanne with savoury saline notes.

£6.49, Aldi

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Rioja, Spain: Larrosa Rioja Rosado 2021 Bodegas Izadi - Star buy

This has rich raspberry and cherry tones – with enough fruit and weight to match the mouthfeel of the haggis.

£12.50-£13, Fine Wine Musselburgh; Aitken Wines; Cornelius Wine


Languedoc, France: Chateau La Dournie 2019

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If you're looking for a Rhone lookalike at a cracking price, this fruity spiceladen grenache, syrah and carignan unoaked blend is a great buy.

£10.95, The Wine Society

Veneto, Italy: Valpolicella Classico 2020 Viviani

One of the best valpolicellas I have tasted recently – so juicy, smooth, cherry-fruited with fresh vibrant palate and bitter almond twist to finish.

Made by Claudio Viviani who grow corvina and rondinella in their Mazzano vineyards in the historic classic heartland of Valpolicella.

£11.68, Justerini & Brooks

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Barossa, Australia: Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2019 Dandelion Vineyards

Nothing subtle about this big boned Barossa shiraz from Zar and Elena Brooks, which makes it ideal for matching with haggis.

Made partly from 100-year-old vines, it has depth, intensity alongside fine tannins, sweet fruits and peppery undertones.

£14.49, Fine Wine Musselburgh; Lockett Bros; Kirkness & Gorie; The Beerhive; Aitken Wines

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon: B-Qa de Marsyas Rouge 2017 Chateau Marsyas

Saade family’s second wine from their 55 hectare high-altitude estate in the famous Bekaa Valley.

A blend of cabernet sauvignon, mourvedre, merlot and petit verdot – it tastes like a cross between Bordeaux right bank and the Rhone with soft tannins and spicy length.

£17.25, Corney & Barrow

Nemea, Greece: Saint George Agiorgitiko 2020 Skouras - Good value

Robust Greek reds often match well with spicy food – and Agiorgitiko made by George Skouras is always beautifully made. Richness, spiciness, sweet fruit notes, soft textured with gentle oak notes – superb value too.

£11.95, The Wine Society

Puglia, Italy: I Muri Primitivo 2021 Vigneto del Salento

Inky black, jammy, juicy wild berry fruits with a bitter almond twist to the finish – this is a ‘proper’ Primitivo with great robust weight, spicy undertones and velvety mouthfeel.

£11.50, Aitken Wines; Luvians; Cornelius Wine; Margiotta; The Beerhive; WoodWinters

Rhone, France: Crozes Hermitage Rouge Esquisse 2021 Domaine des Hauts Chassis - Star buy

Favourite wine with our tasters – a sleek, succulent syrah from the southern end of Crozes Hermitage in northern Rhone. Fabulous depth of blackberry fruit, light floral hints, elegant silky tannins and notes of pepper and spice.

£19.50, Corney & Barrow

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Rose Murray Brown is one of only 323 Masters of Wine worldwide and is the only one to host wine courses and regular wine tastings in Scotland.

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