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We Hit The Streets For The Best New YEar Wine Offers crack
If you know your labels, and donít want the pop to stop after the New Year hangover has lifted, the January sales are ripe with rich pickings for wine lovers.
From cut-price cava, everyday drinkers to premier cru, supermarkets and wine merchants are offering fantastic savings.
Here are some favourite bottles that pass the tipple test.
Under a fiver
Rose lovers canít go wrong with this bright, strawberry pink Chilano Merlot Rose 2010 (£4.49 from £5.99, until Jan 19, The Co-op) from Chile. Fresh and dry in style, itís a well balanced glass of cherry fruit thatís ideal with rotisserie chicken and salads.
For a dark Italian charmer, try Torre del Falco Nero di Troia 2007, Puglia (£4.99 from £7.99, until Jan 25, Waitrose). Bursting with black fruits and violet in colour, itís a real food wine. Smooth and velvety with a hint of spice, enjoy it with a Sunday roast and blue cheeses.
South Africa produces all our international favourites, and this smooth merlot is a good, everyday drinker. Try First Cape Limited Release Merlot 2010, Western Cape, South Africa (£4.99 from £7.49, until Jan 25, Waitrose). Fruity with dense fruit and a kick of spice, itís a terrific match with a warming beef casserole.
For the Ďanything but sauvignon crowdí try Calloway Crossing Chardonnay 2009 (£4.49 from £8.99, until Feb 1, Tesco) from South East Australia. Crisp and fresh with ripe tropical fruit and not over-oaky, itís a rewarding glass with any type of seafood.
Another beauty from Down Under, try Barrington Estate Chardonnay 2010 (£4.99 from £9.99, until Jan 19, Sainsburyís). This straw coloured chard is rich with fleshy stone fruits, good acidity and melon notes on the finish. Divine with a plate of creamy seafood pasta.
Chile tries grow every grape, and this powerful Shiraz is surprisingly good. Try Vina Maipo Gran Reserva Shiraz 2010 (£4.99 from £9.99, until Jan 19, Sainsburyís). Ruby red and intense with blackberry fruit, peppery with soft tannins, itís an ideal match with red meat.
Under a tenner
Popping the cork on a bottle of sparkle is certain to blow away those winter blues. Try Spanish favourite Codorniu Extra NV (£6.49 from £12.99, until Jan 19, The Co-op). With fresh, lemony fruit and a creamy mousse, these feisty bubbles have lots of appeal.
As well as home to new world sauvignon blanc, New Zealand produces some lovely fizzes. Try Bluff Hill Blanc de Blancs 2007, Montana (£7.99 from £10.49, until Jan 30, Marks & Spencer). Itís very fruity and quaffable with citrus notes and good acidity.
Still on the Marlborough trail, if youíre looking for something to perk up your palate, try Villa Maria Private Bin Gewurztraminer 2009 (£7.99 from £9.99 when any two New Zealand still wines bought, until Feb 1, Majestic). Crisp, aromatic and dry with a delicate fragrant nose, itís my number one choice with Thai food, or an Indian takeaway.
From one of Australiaís giants, try Wolf Blass Presidents Selection Chardonnay 2009 (£8.99 from £11.99, Waitrose). A notch up from its Gold label, itís a consistently good drinker. Super-ripe and fleshy with tropical fruit leaping from the glass and a creamy finish, itís a great food wine and wonderful with salmon.
Or if you prefer a more restrained, old world-style white, try Domaine Bailly Quincy 2009, Bailly (£8.99 from £10.99 until Jan 30, Marks & Spencer) from the Loire Valley. Elegant with pear and green apple flavours, grassy notes and a zingy finish, itís a perfect match with a warm goats cheese salad.
Red lovers looking for something beefy should try Catena Malbec 2008, Mendoza (£8.99 from £11.99, until Jan 25, Waitrose). Made from Argentinaís flagship grape, the malbec delivers a rich, round mouthful with ribbons of blackcurrant, and lovely smooth tannins. A marriage made in heaven with a big, juicy steak.
A prize cru for fine wine lovers, try the classy Premier Cru, Domaine Seguinot-Bordet Chablis 2008, Vaillons (£12.93 per bottle for a case of 12, from £19.95 per bottle, case saving £84.24, until Jan 31, Berry Bros & Rudd). With satisfying pure citrus fruit, a flinty edge and streak of minerality, itís a wonderful white wine.
Scrumpy lovers rejoice! Wassailing ceremonies will be taking place in apple orchards across southern England on January 17 - the annual pagan ceremony when all the apple trees are blessed to offer a bumper crop and good harvest. With lots of cider drinking, bonfires and chanting, itís a great excuse for merry making. For a slice of the West Country in a glass, try the tasty range of ciders from Stewley Orchard in Somerset, which includes favourites like Addlestones (£1.94, Waitrose) and Olde English (£1.94, Waitrose).