JWL Issue #151: 3 Great Supermarket Wines Under £10, plus what are wine faults?

August 10, 2021

After a skipped July due to Isabelle being ill, the weekly tasting is back. This Wednesday join Isabelle for our monthly wine tasting.

For those of you who are brand new to wine tasting, join at 8pm. We'll kick off with a how-to on how to taste and guide you through the tasting cards.

From 8.20pm, we'll be talking through this month's main two wines specifically. We'll give you the winemaker story, introduce you to the grapes, and walk you through a guided tasting.


Choice can be an overwhelming thing sometimes. While we've reduced the total number of different bottles in our shop to help with this, there's still a large number.
Our mixed cases can help here. As a starting point our best-selling whites, and best-selling reds list the current top-sellers. But we've also got boxes for natural (white & red), as well as boxes designed for the heatwave (four or six) next week. All mixed cases have 10% off.

Taste & Learn

This week we’re covering some great value wines in Taste and wine faults in Learn.

Happy tasting,



Three really well-priced wines out there right now

Dr L is the wine to drink if you’re having some Thai food this week. It is such an easy going summer drink. From one of the big producers in Germany, Dr Loosen (ASDA, £7) is famous for their riesling with a little peachy sweetness. Perfect for spicy food.

The opposite side of the board is Patricius Dry Furmint (Waitrose, £8.99). A really savoury wine with white pepper, pebbles and honey. Really complex and great value.

Malbec rosé (ASDA, £4.88) is almost copper in colour. Burnt peach and bruised apple. It’s got more bite to it than a classic Provence style rosé. It was £6.50 but it’s currently on offer for £4.88.


What are faults in wine?

There are some certain aromas in wine that mean there’s a fault in it.

These can be caused by too much oxygen, bacteria in the wine or mould. You’ll find they can smell like wet cardboard, musty beetroot, vinegar or rotten eggs.

However, you’ll notice that some of your favourite wines have some of these smells. In very small amounts, sometimes a ‘fault’ can actually add interest and depth to a wine. In the right quantity it can be an added benefit.

Think of ‘reduction’ in wine, one of the main wine faults. A little and it smells like a wonderful struck match - it adds complexity. Too much and it smells like less wonderful rotten eggs.

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