The 3 best red wines on a budget

By: Morgan Franklin

There is something about the rich and fruity red wine that attracts a lot of fans - both connoisseurs and casual drinkers. As we start to emerge from winter, some will start to leave the red behind in far of a sharp and tangy white wine for summer evenings out in the garden, but those who like a red wine know it’s a drink designed to be enjoyed all year round - not just on chilly winter evenings.

Some people like to splash out to buy the very best wines money can buy. They like to spend vast sums of money finding wines that have aged for a long time and those from the very best vineyards. But then there are the rest of us who, either, don’t have the money to shell out for the most exquisite wines, or know you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy the very best flavours red wine has to offer.

There are a wide array of different red wines that can be enjoyed all year around, all with different flavours, different prices, and which compliment different delicious foodstuffs. So here’s a quick guide to some of the best red wines to should try, whatever time of year it is, and without breaking the bank! Here are some of the best red wines available for various different price ranges if you’re on a budget!

Under £5.00

Côtes du Rhône Villages 2015, France - £4.29

France’s main export to the UK isn’t wine - that status is taken by aircraft - but it it is the most delightful. A decent red wine for under £5 is a rare thing, but this gorgeous Côtes du Rhône is perfect for enjoying a glass of red on a budget, whilst still bringing the fancy touch. The essence of stewed plums and a gentle stony taste encapsulates the highlights of this region of France. The phrase you get what you pay for does not apply to this subtle, yet deep and engrossing, red, and will allow the more affordable glass of wine to have a taste of luxury. Aldi is once again the place to go for surprisingly exquisite wines at a low price.

£5.00 - £9.99

Les Hauts de Saint Martin Saint-Chinian 2014, France - £6.99

A complex and flavoursome French red from Saint Chinian, this M&S beauty combines a wide variety of features, which, together, create a rewarding and stimulating sensation. Packed with spice, and reminiscent of thyme and rosemary, with hints of roasted chestnuts, this layered beauty is all mixed together with a luxurious chocolatey texture that gently tumbles through the mouth. Another good value wine, with a compelling and gorgeous mesh of flavours.

£10.00 - £19.99

Clos de los Siete 2013, Argentina - £14.00

The perfect accompaniment to any hearty meal, made by famous French winemaker, Michael Rolland. This intense and opulent Argentinian red wine is resplendent with vigorous mulberry flavours, filling your mouth with a wintery tang that tastes good any time of year. The rich and pungent fruity taste matches perfectly with succulent meats like Beef, and creates a powerful and complex aroma.

About The Author

Morgan works in the wine industry and is always on the lookout for interesting new tipples.

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