Whilst frantically rummaging around my person, then the car interior and finally accosting a stranger for that elusive pound for the shopping trolley it finally hit me, I am now officially a resident of the UK, once again.
For someone who has spent the last 12 months strolling to and from La Boqueria market wheeling a faded green old lady shopping trolley, the rigmarole of the weekly shop, with its toxic car parks, queueing etiquette and row upon row of ready meals left me in no doubt that I was finally home.
Whilst a trip to Sainsbury’s isn’t quite as evocative or romantic as a stroll around La Boqueria, when it comes to wine and choice, Sainsbury’s wins hands down. Like most supermarkets in the UK, Sainsbury’s stock a range of wines from many countries in every possible style and recently they asked me to review their organic quartet, the So Organic Soave (Italy), Pinot Grigio (Italy), Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa) and Syrah (France).
As two of the four SO Organic wines are Italian, and with relatively few organic Italian wines readily available in the UK, I was excited to see what Sainsbury’s had achieved with these four price sensitive wines (the most expensive is only £6.99).
A quick history lesson in the rise of Organic:
Remember Edwina and the eggs? Remember when the French wouldn’t touch our beef with a bargepole? Back in the mid nineties, the lack of confidence in our food was seriously hurting the supermarkets and something had to be done. Sainsbury’s were at the forefront of the organic charge and today their SO range of organic produce is one of the best known in the UK. Turning a crisis into an opportunity, the net winner from the nineties food crisis was Sainsbury’s who, with the SO range, cemented their position in the UK supermarket wars, whilst Tesco went value, Sainsbury’s went muesli and sandals.
But what about wine? In this case, organic wine means wine with no added sulphites, chemical free viticulture that allows those who have a problem with SO2, notably some asthmatics, to enjoy wine without becoming unwell. Good work!
One thing is very important to stress, it is incredibly difficult to create wines without adding sulphur dioxide, that Sainsbury’s have done this, made them readily available in the majority of stores and all four are between £5.69 and £6.99 is to be commended.
+ A reliable range of Organic wines at a remarkable price point with 3 of the 4 wines terrific value. I am really pleased to see Sainsbury’s not charging a premium for these wines as often happens with organic products.
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+ For many, healthy eating and environmental responsibility go hand in hand, organic wine from South Africa may present an ethical dilemma for some.
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