Paula’s Wines of the Week – 10th May 2021

Paula’s Wines of the Week – 10th May 2021

The UK is a nation of knowledgeable wine buffs, according to the Co-op after they asked 2,000 people. Which all sounds great news but what did the survey actually tell us?

According to the study, the average Brit spends £19 every week on wine (£988 a year). So add in the fact that the average spend on a bottle of wine is almost £6, and it is more than likely to be bought at a supermarket, then we are looking at about three bottles of wine being purchased – and likely to be consumed that week.

Which all sounds rather nice. But hang on, just how many people am I having to share these three bottles with? According to the latest Government statistics, the average number of people in a household these days is 2.4 people. So if everyone in the household likes their vino, that equates to 7.5 glasses per person per week (you get six standard measures of 125ml glasses of wine from each bottle).

So one and half glasses of wine per weekday, with the weekend off let’s assume – which is all very healthy as we are all being urged to have one or two teetotal days a week.

But those surveyed were prepared to pay up to £11 pounds on just one bottle of wine. It didn’t say how often they were prepared to do this, but that’s double the average usual spend.

And the £11 is being spent on what? Probably Prosecco (which emerged as being a favourite of 10 percent of the respondents, with bottle prices in the region of £6-£12) or a bottle of rosé (emerging as Brits favourite style of wine at 11 percent).

So are we a nation of “wine buffs”? Well 88 per cent of the survey reckoned they were and a further 38 percent declared themselves “extremely knowledgeable” about wine.

It sounds like we are all in there somewhere doesn’t it? recommends the following wines for wine buffs

Patto Pinot Grigio 2019
£10.99 Virgin Wines
Fruity, refreshing with creamy lemon acidity. A nice Sicilian Pinot Grigio

Co-op Irresistible 30 Degree Pinot Noir 2020
£6 Co-op
Not all great wines have to cost £11. This one from the Co-op will give you £5 leftover. Aromas of lavender soap and intense raspberry. Fresh and fruity with cherry and chocolate flavours. What a great wine.

Pizzolota Organic Prosecco Brut 2019
£10 Co-op
Flavours of creamy pear, apple, melon and pineapple but subtle and balanced.

Tesco Finest Pinot Grigio Blush 2020
£6 Tesco
Aromas of pear and hazelnut tart with an added bubblegum sweetness are matched on the flavour with a dash of redcurrant. A flavourful Pinot Grigio.

Cuvee Jolie Terre de Providence rosé 2019
£10.99 Majestic
This French Languedoc rosé from the Coteaux de Beziers is unusual with its dark pink colour while the rest of the rosé world looks to ultra-light coloured Provence styles.

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5* outstanding – the top rating given by
4* very good wine
3* good wine but over priced
2* a disappointing wine
1* little to offer
0* avoid – pour down the drain

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