Earlier this year, Sainsbury’s added to their extensive range of House wines taking the total up to 21. I have already reviewed and raved about their House Sauvignon Blanc, and last week, while browsing the wine aisle, I came across a new addition – the Pinot Noir, priced at just £4.49 a bottle.
Interestingly, this wine is sourced from Romania, a country which until recently, for most UK consumers, has pretty much gone unnoticed in the world of wine.
Granted, the standard Sainsbury’s bottle isn’t entirely inspiring, but it is clear and concise for all those looking to know the important details without having the connoisseur blurb attached!
I detected a slightly mulled scent with this wine as well as spiced cherry flavours in the tasting. As the bottle states, it has a ‘smooth and mellow’ finish – for me, an ultimate easy- drinking red.
Since the weather has taken a turn for the worst, alongside this wine, we enjoyed some rather wintry dishes – a starter of beetroot, goat’s cheese, orange and pine nut salad (a great companion to Pinot Noir according to Olly Smith) followed by a rich, but simple beef stroganoff (see recipe below – adapted from Olly Smith’s Eat & Drink).
Beef stroganoff – serves 2
250g rump steak
1tbsp olive oil
150g mushrooms, sliced
½ onion, sliced
1tbsp tomato puree
1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Juice of ½ lemon
60g plain yoghurt or crème fraiche
½ handful chopped parsley
Rice or crusty bread, to serve
1. Trim the fat from the meat and cut into small chunks. Coat in the flour
2. Cook the onion and mushrooms in a frying pan with the melted butter for 3 minutes or until softened
3. In another pan, heat up the olive oil and brown the meat
4. Add the onions and mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and tomato puree. Cook for 5- 10 minutes
5. Season with salt and pepper, and add the yoghurt. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes
6. Serve with rice or crusty bread plus a sprinkling of chopped parsley
Luke enjoyed it!
What I love about the Sainsbury’s House range is that it pulls no punches, makes no extravagant claims, and allows you to experiment with different grape varietals without breaking the bank.
On the back of every bottle there is even an ‘if you like this’ tip. In the case of the Pinot Noir, ‘if you like this… We’ve grouped together other wines in the same aisle so look for ‘smooth and mellow’ on the label and you’ll be sure to enjoy it’ – perfect if you aren’t too confident in making those tricky wine choices!