Dry January is well over, not that I paid any attention to it as life’s too short to not have wine with dinner. Time to trawl Tesco’s wine aisles in thirsty earnest.

Tesco’s Finest section is a place to for a wine that’s not wallet-busting, but is a bit special for a weekday treat or Sunday dinner. From chunky reds to crispy whites and sparkling rosés, the award-winning Tesco Finest
range includes over 60 wines from some of the world’s most famous wine regions.

Tesco Finest Valle de Colchagua ç, £8.50 

This is a deeply coloured and aromatic wine with notes of bright ripe red plum, cherry and a touch of sweet spice. On the palate, it is medium-bodied, juicy and smooth with a lingering finish. Serve it with sausages and mash or rich and meaty pasta.

Tesco Finest Marlborough Pinot Noir, £10 

Grown in New Zealand’s Waihopai Valley, the Pinot Noir grapes in this wine are bursting with fresh, intense and vibrant flavours. After ageing in French oak barrels, the mellowed grapes offer a beautifully smooth finish. With bright floral aromas and subtle hints of oak, this is the perfect pairing for tomato- based dishes

Tesco Finest Barossa Shiraz, £11 

Full-bodied and rich, this warming Australian red displays vibrant plum, cherry and blackcurrant flavours, layered with hints of vanilla and notes of spicy black peppercorn. Pair it with a beef stroganoff or mushroom wellington.

Tesco Finest Sancerre Rosé, £15 

The Tesco Finest Sancerre Rosé comes from Pinot Noir vines aged between 10 to 30 years elevating its fresh and fruity flavour. This dry rosé is deliciously light with very pleasant tasting red fruit aromas. It is the perfect complement to grilled fish and white meats.

Tesco Finest Prosecco, £8 

This fresh sparkling wine boasts a lingering finish that is brimming with citrus and pear aromas and flavours. Made from grapes sourced from a single area in Veneto, this is an ideal match for light desserts or simply as a celebratory drink.

Tesco Finest Rosé Champagne, £25
Made from hand-harvested Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and aged for up to 36 months, this champagne offers refreshing citrus and red fruit flavours, finishing with a delicate mousse. Perfect as an apéritif or with goat’s cheese tarts.

Tesco Finest Côtes de Gascogne, £7.50 

The historic Côtes de Gascogne region of southwestern France is noted for producing great wines at fantastic value. This blend of the local Colombard and Gros Manseng grapes produces a wine full of lime, blossom and citrus flavours with a dry, crisp and refreshing finish. Serve it alongside a creamy fish pie pie on those colder evenings.

Tesco Finest Pecorino, £7.75  

This deliciously fresh and floral white is cultivated in the mountainous region in the Abruzzo region. Perfect chilled with aromas of jasmine and lemon blossom, this wine has a delicate honeyed palate with medium acidity and is excellent served alongside roast chicken or a a crunchy salad.