Where to buy your wine from this Christmas
Getting wine that other people might have to drink is a pain in the hole. You might not be particularly fussy, but you might know some snobs out there who roll wine around their mouths and start going on like they've just been thrown off Saturday Kitchen for being too much of a ponce.
Well, let us introduce you to the International Wine Challenge, the awards that praises good booze and, importantly, the kind of nice booze that isn't too harsh on the pocket.
It is literally magic and sparkle round Marks & Spencer, as they've hoovered up a skipload of awards at this International Wine Challenge.
Of 184 medals awarded to supermarket own-label wines, M&S scooped 73 awards: five gold, 21 silver and 47 bronze, which somewhat shaded Tesco who managed 32 gongs, just ahead of Morrisons, which won 30.
Marksy's five gold medals were awarded to wines from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, including the 2013 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico from the Marche region of eastern Italy, which retails at a quite snipular £8.
Tesco’s 32 medals included four golds, one of which went to its Finest 2007 Vintage Grand Cru Champagne. Morrisons bagged three golds, including one for its Signature Chablis 1er Cru.
Aldi racked up 10 medals, including a gold for its incredibly named The Exquisite Collection Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc. Waitrose won 15, but no golds – as did The Co-op (10), Asda (seven) and Sainsbury’s (six).
Said IWC co-chairman Charles Metcalfe: “We have discovered some outstanding supermarket own-brand wines during this first tranche of the competition, which would definitely bring a touch of elegance to any Christmas table,”
"All the major supermarkets performed very well. They have very good buying teams. It’s hard work, and Britain is lucky to have supermarket buyers who can source great wines across the entire range and to suit any budget."
So, you know which booze to get in for Christmas now, and you'll look like you know what you're on about.