£2.99 Organic Wine!

aldi organic wine

(no photos of the organic wine itself, we drank it…)

I am not particularly fussy about wine.  If I’m buying wine for myself, either in a shop or bar/restaurant, I will generally always pick either a Chilean red – maybe a Malbec or Merlot – or a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  However if a friend shows up at my door brandishing a bottle of wine, then I will happily sit and quaff whatever it is – red, white or rose, and whatever type – whilst we chew the fat.

We popped into Aldi over the weekend to pick up some alcohol for Christmas.  In the absence of an independent bottle shop in our area, we go to Aldi.  They sell lots of beers from smaller independent brewers, such as the relatively local to us Williams Bros, who make some pretty nice beer.  I’ve also found Aldi’s wine is pretty good too.  And I’m not going to lie, the price is pretty good too.

Whilst picking up some beers and perusing the wine I spotted some intriguing looking beer bottles.  Or rather, I thought they were beer bottles.  On second look I realised they were actually wines.  And not just wines, but organic wines, at a rather bargainous £2.99 a bottle.  I picked up a bottle of the red and a bottle of the white, just to see how nice £2.99 organic wine could be.

Now the bottles come packaged in beer bottles, crown cap and all, and as you can imagine are smaller than a standard wine bottle.  You get 500 ml compared to the standard 750 ml wine bottle size.  However it does mean that a litre of wine comes in at £5.98, which is pretty good value, especially for organic wine.  They are by South African winery – Origin Wines.

We’ve tried both, in the interests of quality control of course,  and the red – a South African red – is by far my favourite.  It’s very fruity, very smooth and not too acidic, and doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth, like some cheap reds do.  We drank it on it’s own of an evening after the kids went to bed, and it went down very very well.  I think it would work well paired with food too though.  We are already planning a return trip to Aldi to buy a few more bottles for over the festive season.

The white isn’t entirely my cup of tea.  It’s perfectly drinkable but felt a little dry for my liking.   Maybe it’s more of a Chardonnay in style.  We managed to drink it all though, so it wasn’t that bad!  You might really like it, so don’t discount it on my advice.

Aldi’s organic wine is cringely marketed as a “craft wine” in an attempt to tap into the success of the craft beer movement, and to entice millennials into buying more wine.  Now, I’m too old to be a millennial, and don’t need fancy packaging to get me to buy wine.  I’m also not too sure what craft wine actually means, especially considering Origin Wine says they are one of the top 3 South African wine exporters.  However, if you can get past the gimmicky packaging and the “craft wine” label it’s actually pretty nice organic wine for £2.99, particularly the red.  I’ll raise a glass to it!

Have you tried Aldi’s organic wine?  What did you think of it?


Build An Ethical Wardrobe From Scratch #5


A short and simple how to build an ethical wardrobe from scratch post today, but one that I’ve personally found really useful to rein in my spending, particularly on the high street.

Work out your hourly rate.

If you don’t get paid on an hourly rate, then work out your hourly rate.  Then when you’re thinking about buying something work out how many hours it would take you to work to buy that item.

For example, I might ask myself is that ‘must have’ pair of boots really worth 6 hours work or could I think of a better investment of my time spent at work?  I find this a particularly effective method to make me really stop and think about an item’s value against my time spent in work.

I find working out my hourly rate also really helps me think why I’m working.  It’s really helped me realise that I’m not at work to be able to buy stuff I don’t really need, but ultimately to provide for my family and have fun experiences with them.  Prioritising experiences over stuff ultimately makes me happier and more fulfilled, and less like I’m chasing the unattainable dream.

ps: posts 1 -4 in this series are available here in case you missed them.