Good wine for a fiver

Five wines that cost around £5


Caramel fizz

Lidl has been doing a good job of carving out a solid reputation for cheap but respected wine. “Cava is the name for Spain’s best sparkling wines and Arestel cava brut (£4.79, Lidl) has much more flavour and character than most,” says Lidl’s master of wine Richard Bampfield. “It’s off-dry, with attractive caramel undertones.”


Bold berries

“This malbec (£5, Sainsbury’s) hails from Mendoza, home to some of Argentina’s best vineyards, and a region renowned for its great quality of wines,” says Sainsbury’s winemaker and technical manager, Richard Maltby. “It’s a bold red with a fruity character, which exudes rich blackberry and juicy cherry flavours.”


Spicy plums

“This Chilean merlot carmenère (£5.30, M&S) is the first wine I recommend to friends on a budget,” says M&S wine buyer Emma Dawson. “Luis Felipe Edwards is a family business with a fantastic array of vineyards we choose between to create our wine blends. In this, the merlot gives a rich plummy depth while the carmenère adds a hint of spice.”


Lively and fresh

“A smooth and easy-drinking white from the south of France, Wine Atlas Marsanne (£4.75, Asda) blends fabulous tree-fruit flavours with a lively freshness,” says Philippa Carr, Asda’s master of wine. “It’s a classy, versatile white; try matching to fish, creamy pasta dishes or Chinese food.”


Sweet fruits

“Tesco Moscatel de Valencia (£5, Tesco) is made by Modesto Frances, a highly qualified winemaker at Cherubino Valsangiacomo winery in the central part of the Valencia region in Spain,” says Cinta Sanchez, technologist for Bibendum. “It’s a classic sweet muscat with a fruity nose and hints of honey, jasmine and orange blossom, perfect for most fruit-based desserts.”