Day one in lockdown… top 10 wines

Of all the things I never thought I would do, working in lockdown is the least likely to occur to me, but there is an upside.

My clothes feel looser. It’s only day one of our official lockdown here in New Zealand, but I haven’t been able to buy scones from the cafe close to work in the city for seven days now, due to pre-emptive measures on my part. Lockdown also means more seven minute work outs, more cycling and reinstated morning walks, so take your pick on which is responsible for the looser clothes. It’s still early days, so there’s no telling where this might go.

More importantly,  what on earth are we all going to drink in lockdown?

If you think this theme is taking it all far too lightly or too hedonistically, feel free to pass on reading any further, but if you’re keen to have a good time (rather than a long time) in lockdown, read on for today’s mainstream top 10 wines – widely available in the few stores that are open, namely, supermarkets.

And it goes without saying, should you need to venture to a supermarket, wash your hands afterwards, wash your clothes and leave packaging, boxes and bottles outside for recommended time periods (read more here) once you’re home. And clean all packaging down before partaking. Covid-19 is unforgiving.

PS: As I was writing this lockdown blog this morning, the good news came through from the Government that online wine sales are allowed to go ahead during the Covid-19 Alert level 4 lockdown. That means that the specialist store that I work for can sell (click here).

In the meantime, here are accessibly priced, next level in taste wines.

Today’s top 10 mainstream wines to drink in lockdown

(As opposed to my other top 10, which you can read about here)

Vallformosa Cava Brut $20

2019 Giesen Riesling $14-$15 (often a lot less)

2018 Finca Constancia Altozano Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo $10

2019 Montana Waipara Riesling $10-$15

2017 Main Divide Riesling $22

2019 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc $14-$15

2018 / 2019 Church Road Chardonnay $18-$20

2019 Fat ‘n Sassy Chardonnay $19-$20

2016 / 2017 The Crater Rim Waipara Pinot Noir $24-$25

2018 Mud House Pinot Noir $16-$18

Prices are approximate and may vary.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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