If you like a medium-bodied red wine and are looking for inspiration for something new to try, here are three suggestions from our Wine Selection, all of them tried and tasted by an independent panel of wine experts.
We also asked some of our Facebook fans to sample the wines – and you can read their reviews below our wine team’s tasting notes.
A smooth medium-bodied red crammed with ripe blackcurrant fruit flavours. Prepare to be transported to exotic climes with this Chilean favourite from the Central Valley region. Plenty of generous fruit flavours make this red an absolute must with a warming chilli or beef curry.
Gaynor Boundy, Leicester: "A night in with the girls couldn’t be better than with a glass of Asda’s Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this wine and as soon as I opened the bottle, we were hit with lovely fruity smells and it instantly made us look forward to pouring a glass to enjoy with our dinner.
“From the first sip we were met with a delicious burst of fruitiness which wasn’t too heavy on the palate. It was a fantastic wine to enjoy with our dinner as it brought the flavours of the chilli out in our meal. I would definitely recommend this wine as a must buy especially on a cold winter’s night alongside a big plate of chilli con carne or beef stroganoff.”
A big, powerful red from the south of France – spicy with ripe bramble flavours. Beautifully rounded, it’s packed with forest fruit flavours and a touch of aromatic spice and pepper. Enjoy with hearty casseroles or roast Mediterranean vegetables.
Gaynor McNulty, Lancashire: “I love to have an occasional glass of red wine when I get in from work, whilst I’m pottering about putting dinner together. I thought this cheerful red was perfect for this! It had just the right amount of fruity berry flavours and just the right amount of nice warm feeling afterwards. It wasn’t too powerful or spicy, just really smooth and enjoyable! I’ve made a note to look out for a French Syrah next time I’m shopping.”
Juliette Morrison, Middlesex: “We were delighted that this wine tasted smooth and velvety. Although, I would recommend that you pour it into the glass and let it breath for a bit before drinking. Would definitely buy again.”
This classic Spanish red is jam-packed with juicy red berry flavours and a hint of pleasing spice. Simply wonderful with all roast meat dishes.
Steve Hales, Morayshire: “This is an excellent, great value Rioja that could easily have been mistaken for a much more expensive bottle of wine. After decanting and allowing to come up to room temperature it went great with our roast beef and yorkies on Sunday. It was a wonderfully rich, dark coloured wine that was full of fruit flavours and which complemented our Sunday dinner perfectly. It is my opinion that this medium bodied Rioja would be the ideal choice for that special family meal.”
This smooth red is rich in juicy berry flavours with hints of spice. This wine is a fantastic choice with Sunday roasts or barbecued meats.
Gaynor Boundy, Leicester: “I opened this bottle to have alongside our Sunday lunch of roast beef with all the trimmings. When I first opened the bottle we were all pleasantly surprised at the lovely berry smells that popped right out the bottle and filled the dining area. On pouring a glass and having our first taste, we had a instant burst of fruitiness leaving us all feeling very refreshed. My mum really enjoyed this wine and had stated that she would also like to try this wine in gravy as it went fantastic with our beef. I would say this is a lovely very fruity wine that’s bursting with crisp berry freshness. It is certainly very moorish and is a great compliment to any table – or BBQ!”
This tasty red is full of warm Tuscan sunshine and made from the damson-flavoured Montepulciano grape. Smooth and fruity, this is great with pepperoni pizza or sausage and mash.
Diane Pearce, Gwent: “This wine was surprisingly enjoyable; rich, fruity and spicy. It has a full bodied kick to it and I can imagine using it as a base for mulled wine during the winter months. Sharing is optional! I would suggest this could also be an excellent pairing for pizza, pasta or any spicy food. Also goes exceptionally well with Easter eggs.”
This ripe, brambly French red has a rich aroma of wild herbs. This is the perfect thirst quencher on hot summer evenings, and lovely with barbecued meats.
Claire Millar, Hertfordshire: “I have had French wine before, but don’t normally buy red wine, but I was pleasantly surprised by this bottle. My husband made a homemade lasagne, and we both thought that the wine went perfectly with the meal. We let the wine come to room temperature before we tried it, and thought that it smelt very fruity, rather cherry. We tried a glass before the meal and enjoyed the fruitiness of it, but thought that it was more herby when we drank it with food. I would happily take this wine to friends as a gift.”
Debra Woodward, Northumberland: “I thoroughly enjoyed the corbieres midweek with tagliatelle and meatballs in a smokey bacon and tomato sauce served with garlic bread. The red wine really complemented the meal. The wine had a lovely fragrant aroma and was very fruity with a velvet texture on the palette with just a hint of dryness. This is a wine I would definitely buy and recommend to others.”