A friend recently told me that they will always have a bottle of wine in the house, because you never know when you might need to crack open a nice pinot after a long day of putting up with other peoples’ shit. Or you might be surprised with house guests and you should always be prepared for that.

Anyway, the point is, is that a good, adult house will always have a bottle of wine on-hand (unless you don’t drink, which is the only instance where not having booze around is totally ok).

But always having a bottle of something in the kitchen/in the bar/in the cupboard/under your bed can be an expensive thing to maintain, because fuck knows you don’t want to be offering your parents a suckle from a goon sack the next time they decide to ~drop by~.

ALDI are your friends for such occasions, my good pals. They’ve picked up the award for Liquor Store Of The Year at the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards so you know the plonk they’re producing is bloody top notch.

Hell, we’ve written about how their cheap piss is amazing before, so here’s the best bottles of vino that will cost ya less than a tenner.

One Road Eden Valley Padthaway Chardonnay 2017 – $6.99

A blend of Eden Valley and Padthaway grapes, this chardonnay is bright and clean to the eye and has the rounded flavour of stone fruits, with a hint of minerals. Think a big juicy white peach and a mouthful of gravel.

One Road Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2016 – $6.99

Featuring fruits from NSW and Victoria, this rounded cabernet merlot is full of berry flavours with a lovely softness from the merlot grape. Best enjoyed with hearty comfort food and beef, so suck the dick off this cab merly with your next meat pie.

The Pond Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – $6.99

Cabernet sauvignons are more on the full-flavoured, bitey end of the red wine scale – when I first started drinking reds, a strong cab sauv would make me gasp for breath afterwards, and I assume they also put a bunch of hairs on your chest.

This one is full of spice and cassis, and pairs well with BBQs and evening meals, so have a healthy RSL pour of this sucker when you’re up late eating leftover snags from dinner.

Corte Carista Chianti Superiore 2015 – $9.99

ALDI says that this is “molto buono” chianti, and because they said it in Italian, they must know what they’re talking about. Shit yeah, sign me up.

This drop has some dark berry and black cherry fruits in the nose and flavour, with a smooth finish. Goes well with aged cold cuts so it’ll be the perfect wine to have with cabanossi/cabana, Jatz, pickled onions and those little cubes of cheese that are so tasty. How are they so good? They’re just cheese cubes???

South Point Estate Pinot Grigio 2017 – $4.99

It’s hard to fuck up a pinot grigio – the most inoffensive wine in the history of the world. This one is pipped as the “perfect lunchtime wine” and offers a very delicate mouthfeel with soft citrus and pear notes. God I sound like such a wine wanker.

Anyway this is real yum with salads and antipasto plates so team up a bottle of this with your next pre-packed salad for Friday lunch. If anyone questions you, ignore them. You do you, babe.

Kaiora Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – $8.99

A tasty little savvy b with flavours of citrus and passionfruit, which is real nicely paired with salads and barbecued seafood, so pop this delicious number in the fridge while you’re peeling a kilo of prawns and making your mum’s best seafood sauce (tomato sauce and mayonnaise).

Claire Creek Chardonnay 2017 – $4.99

Noted as a “fresh and modern approach to chardonnay” which means it’s pretty much just going to taste like a sauv blanc, this one delivers white nectarine flavours as a clean and flavoursome drop. Probably would go well with pasta or something like that so have a guzzle of this lil’ ripper while you’re having your weekly night-before-payday packet pasta.

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