From warming reds to indulgent spirits, we’ve got some top-picks for autumn tipples that you’re going to love. This year has seen most of us enjoying a drink or two from the comfort of our own home, so if you are looking for the perfect fireside drink to curl up with here are a few great options.
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Limehouse Apple and Cinnamon Gin
A limited-edition seasonal variant, new to the award-winning Limehouse gin range and exclusive to Tesco. The brand pays homage to the area of East London which for centuries was the arrival point for exotic ingredients and exciting new flavours. Crafted in partnership with G&J Greenall’s, one of Britain’s oldest distilleries, it combines notes of crisp apple with warming cinnamon spice. Serve over ice with ginger ale or add to warmed apple juice for a delicious hot serve. 40% vol. £15 Vegan. Purchase here. (ad)
Apothic Cabernet Sauvignon
The search for possibly the smoothest Cabernet Sauvignon around is over. As we head into autumn, now is the perfect time to indulge in a glass of red wine and let the latest drop from Apothic delight the senses.
The first varietal wine in the Apothic portfolio, Apothic Cab is an exciting addition to this award-winning wine range, delivering an alluringly textural palate. Made from exceptional quality fruit grown under the warmth of the California sun, succulently ripe fruit delivers a wine that is wonderfully smooth, leading with rich flavours of dark forest fruit, classic for well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon.
It opens with enticing aromas of blackcurrant, dark plum, chocolate and vanilla that leap from the glass. These notes follow onto the palate supported by a fine structure and sensually silky mouthfeel layering an intense fruit profile with soft, plush tannins. Apothic Cab (13.5% ABV) is available from supermarkets nationwide from October. RRP £9.50. Purchase here. (ad)
Tesco Viña del Cura Rioja Crianza
Generous ripe berry flavours are complemented by soft vanilla notes and a hint of peppery spice in this classic red. Made from Tempranillo grapes and aged for 12 months in oak barrels, it makes a wonderful accompaniment to cured meats or mature cheese. Perfect for enjoying by the fireside on a cold autumn night. 13.5% vol. £6.75 Vegan. Purchase here.
Dark Horse Merlot
Dark Horse Merlot is a medium bodied Merlot with notes of dark berry and a layered finish. Packed with notes of toasted spice and warm oak this is a wonderful autumn tipple. Dark Horse Merlot would work exceptionally well with stuffed mushrooms and grilled meats. The perfect accompaniment to your autumn dinners. Available nationwide for £8.50.
Barefoot Jammy Red
Jammy Red is the newest release from Barefoot. With explosive notes of juicy raspberry, pomegranate and luscious cherry this wonderfully fruity red wine is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Barefoot Jammy Red is made with carefully selected Californian grapes, harvested during cool night-time temperatures to preserve and enhance the fresh fruit flavours. Priced at £6.99 and available at supermarkets nationwide.
Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne
This multi award-winning Premier Cru Champagne is made from hand-picked Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, south of Epernay. Perfect as a luxurious autumnal tipple. It is aged for up to 36 months before release. This extended maturation allows a delicate brioche character to develop, which complements the crisp lemon and apple notes. Serve as an apéritif, or on Christmas morning with eggs royale or Florentine. 12.5% abv. Priced at £20.00 from Tesco. Purchase here. (ad)
Amaro Montenegro is lightly sweet and leads with rose petals, dried orange peel, and cherry. Although it tastes sweet, it’s not cloyingly so. The mouthfeel is very light, which helps complement the delicate floral and dried citrus of the opening. Great as a more complex and multifaceted alternative for gin as a Monte & Tonic or a Montenegroni.
This would work perfectly for creating an autumnal cocktail or two on a chilly evening at home! For more information on Amaro Montenegro, go to amaromontenegro.com. Available from Master of Malt for £18.95.