How normal people buy wine
I mentioned that we'd been running out of wine, holed up here in our idyllic Cornish holiday home. Well, this meant I had to venture out to try to procure some desparately needed supplies. I had to buy wine like a normal person. There were three options in Looe: a Co-op, a Somerfield and a Thresher. And in Torpoint, I found another Co-op and another Somerfield.
The choice was not broad in any of these stores. I ended up buying in Somerfield, and could only find a handful of wines that were potential drinking candidates. There was certainly nothing even remotely high end. Interestigly, these selections don't give you a very good reason to trade up from the affordable, drinkable end of the range. The more expensive wines just seemed to be dodgy examples from appellations that happen to be more expensive, such as Burgundy and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
I chose the following. (1) Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (on offer at £4.99 - the Casillero wines are good value at this price - they are very solid efforts); (2) Torres Vina Sol 2007 (£5.69 - a really reliable, fresh white wine); (3) Oyster Bay Pinot Noir (on offer at £7.99 - a reliable if unexciting Marlborough Pinot that tastes nice); (4) Riverview Merlot Kekfrankos (£4.99 - a really delicious, light, sappy, leafy red wine with some elegance and a bit of a 'natural wine' character).