From Tesco to Asda, TV wine expert Jilly Goolden uncorks supermarkets’ best plonk

THERE is no better time to have show-stopping tipples than at Christmas.

But with so many options it can be hard to know which are worth splashing out on. We asked wine expert Jilly Goolden to test some of this year’s supermarket whites, reds, fizz, ports and sherries and give her verdict on each.

So pour yourself a glass and savour our festive drinks guide.

Cheers!

Whites

ALDI

“Clean and uncluttered with hints of toffee apple. More full figured than expected. Good and well priced.”

ASDA

“Smells of fruit salad, tastes of peaches and cream, yet delicate. Great label.”

THE CO-OP

“Zippy, grassy and lemony. Benchmark sauvignon. Well priced.”

LIDL

“Begins well with marshmallow and sugared almonds but then fades and is fairly disappointing.”

M&S

“Bouncing ripe melon fruit, buttery and a mouth-coating, full-figured rich white.”

MORRISONS

“Sauvignon blanc at its most powerful, with generous kiwi and gooseberry fruit.”

SAINSBURY’S

“Aromatic and exotic with notes of pear and pineapple. A bit too much for me.”

TESCO

“Latest vintage gooseberry-scented, squeaky dry sauvignon blanc, a bit on the attack.”

WAITROSE

“Big and busty and very fruity and brash, this is chardonnay at its most powerful.”

Reds

ALDI 

“Whiff of violets followed by plum, tailing into a taste of strong tea. Needs food.”

ASDA

“Big, busty dark berry fruit plus serious, tongue-coating tannin.”

THE CO-OP

“Promising scent of redcurrant fades leaving flimsy, tart flavour.”

LIDL 

“This is a juicy come-on wine scented with simmering blackberries. Big flavour but soft.”

M&S

“Like beef stew and dumplings in a glass. Fruit very direct. Pair with a hefty meal.”

MORRISONS

 “Delicate fruit and sumptuous palate, although the acidity is challenging.”

SAINSBURY’S

“Inviting like cherry pie. Juicy fruity but also serious. Can be chilled.”

TESCO

“Soft and cakey like Victoria sponge with jam filling, followed by slight sourness.”

WAITROSE

“Smells like straw-berries. But there is a steeliness to it until in roar the strawberries again. Appealing.”

Port & sherry

ALDI 

“Smells like golden syrup, nutty notes and syrupy sweetness. A cheap thrill.”

LIDL

“Looks like dark gravy and seems as thick. Burnt sugar and baked apple notes. Dessert in a glass.”

M&S 

“Amber nectar, aromatic with dried orange scent and hazelnut flavour. Smooth and alluring.”

SAINSBURY’S 

“Intense blackberry and plum fruit with the sumptuous richness you want.”

TESCO 

“Nutty with zip of lively acidity to offset sweetness. Like liquid fruit cake.”

Sparkling 

LIDL

“Green, fresh and friendly. This is inviting and appetising. Great choice for a (small) party.”

M&S

“Orange blossom on the bouquet, refreshingly dry for prosecco with an edge of preserved lemons.”

MORRISONS

“Come-on, sweetie-bag scent. Light and easy drinking. Great wine for a celebration.”

TESCO

“Whiff of a hay barn. A very traditional cava. A class act.”

WAITROSE

“Light and sherberty. Seemingly green and herbaceous, like a plant without flowers.”

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