Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Shiraz, Claret, Merlot, Barolo, Amarone, Rioja… These names are familiar to anyone who loves good red wine. So of course, you’ll find them on the Co-op’s shelves. Whatever your wine style, we’ve got something you’ll enjoy.
The colour of red wine comes from its contact with red grape skins. It’s what gives red wine its distinct flavour - the tannins a wine develops from contact with the skins affects how it tastes. Generally, the longer its contact with red grape skins, the more structure a wine will have.
No - a bit confusingly, it’s the same variety. ‘Syrah’ is the French name, but the grape is more commonly known as ‘Shiraz’ in New World countries such as Australia.
A lot of people worry about red wine being served too cold. But actually, it’s more important not to let it get too warm - it just won’t taste as good. You might have heard that the best way to serve reds is at room temperature. But that rule was made before central heating was invented, so it’s a bit outdated. Actually, most red wines should be served at about 14–18⁰C, which is cooler than the average room. Some people even argue that wines such as Beaujolais and lighter reds from the southwest of France taste better when they’ve been chilled (half an hour in the fridge is plenty).
If you’re not sure, serve your red wine a bit colder than you think it should be. The wine will always warm up in the glass, if it lasts that long.
The short answer is, ‘probably’. Most wines will benefit from hitting the air as you pour them into a jug (and then back again, if you like - this is called ‘double decanting’). Don’t think of it as something you should only bother with if your wine is expensive, either - most reds taste a bit better once they’ve been exposed to the air, as it helps release more of their fruity flavours.
Whatever food’s on the table - or if you just fancy a glass on its own - you can’t go wrong if you choose from our huge range of white wines.
We’ve got fruity Marlborough Sauvignon, creamy Australian Chardonnay, Italian Pinot Grigio and crisp Chablis - all carefully chosen for their great quality and flavour. We’re especially proud of our award-winning Truly Irresistible wines, which feature grape varieties from around the world.
It depends on the quality of the wine. As a rule, the better the wine, the warmer it should be served. An hour in the fridge is usually plenty of time to chill a wine. But if your wine’s on the pricey side, you should take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you plan to drink it.
Although it often doesn’t say it on the label, Sancerre is actually made using Sauvignon Blanc grapes - which makes Sauvignon a great affordable alternative. There are some lovely zesty Sauvignons coming out of New Zealand, while Chile’s Leyda Valley is home to some tasty types of this popular white. If you’re a fan of Sancerre, give these a try and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
In a word: yes. All the wines in Chablis are made from Chardonnay grapes. Quite often, Chardonnay is linked with New World wines (such as Australia or the US) whose flavour is affected by the oak barrels they’re aged in, bringing in notes of vanilla, coconut or butter. Climate also affects the flavours of a Chardonnay; wines from cooler places like Chablis often have zesty citrus and apple notes. Meanwhile, those from warmer regions will have richer notes of pineapple and passion fruit.
Rosé wine has become more and more popular over the years - and we’re pretty pleased about that, because there’s really nothing nicer to sip on a summer’s evening. As ever, sweeter pinks like Californian White Zinfandel and White Grenache are popular, but if you’re a fan of rosé, there are plenty of other varieties to try.
And of course, the Co-op has got lots to choose from - like a crisp rosé from Provence or a fuller flavoured, fruity Moscato wine. If you haven’t tried them, now’s the perfect time to give them a go.
Here are the figures you need:
- Dry rosé contains up to 4grams per litre
- Medium dry rosé contains up to 12grams per litre
- Medium rosé contains up to 45 grams per litre
- Sweet rosé more than 45 grams per litre
Rosé goes with so many foods, which is just one of the reasons we love it. The sweeter Californian pinks are brilliant served with barbecued meals, while lighter rosés from Provence and Italy go really well with spicy pizza, pasta and seafood dishes.
Rosé is made from black or red grapes - the same ones used to make red wine, although the way they’re made is slightly different. Rosé wine is left to get its colour from the skin of the grapes for a much shorter time, which gives it a pink instead of red colour, and a lighter taste.
Meanwhile, blush wines are a blend of red and white wines. For example, Pinot Grigio ‘blush’ is a white wine base, usually with a little bit of red wine or grape-skin extract added to give it some extra colour and depth.
From Prosecco to vintage Champagne, our sparkling wines taste great, and are great value too.
Our award-winning Co-op Prosecco is the perfect pre-dinner drink, while our Cava is… Well, irresistible. And because we regularly update our deals, it’s always worth heading in-store to find out what we’ve got on offer.
There's three main varieties of grapes used for champagne; Chardonnay, which is a white grape; and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which are both red grapes.
Cava comes from Spain and Prosecco is from Italy. Cava’s made using the same method as champagne, with its second fermentation happening in the bottle. With Prosecco, that process happens in stainless steel tanks.
The second fermentation, which we mentioned above, gives Champagne its distinctive fizz. Because fermentation happens inside the bottle, the carbon dioxide it produces can’t escape, turning into tiny bubbles.
Vintage Champagne is made from grapes harvested in one particular year. Non-vintage (NV) Champagne is made by mixing wines from grapes harvested in different years.
Yes, you can. All Champagnes can benefit from a bit of ageing – even NV Champagne. Keep it carefully for up to three years, and you’ll find your Champagne has become more mellow, nutty and complex. Definitely worth the wait