We’re going full-on Moses mode in this episode, nailing down the ten wines you should always have at home.

Of course, personal taste plays a part. You want to have wines to hand you’re going to reach for – which means your favourite styles.

But beyond that, it helps to have some expert insight into the bigger picture in order to always have delicious, affordable and useful wines when you need them.

Our primary objective is joyous everyday drinking.

But also: what works best with food, versatile wines to serve guests, give as gifts, wines that get better over time if you buy a few, ideal wines for those impromptu celebrations, wines for both summer and winter…we even introduce the notion of, ’emergency wine’.

So we define our top 10 ‘go-to’ wine staples. We’re aware this is potentially controversial territory. But we also hope it’s helpful too.

Helping us out in this challenging task are the fine people at Waitrose, who are sponsoring this episode.

Waitrose do a fine line in wine and, as we focus on these indispensable wine categories, we’ve chosen individual wines from their range to illustrate our decisions.

What makes the whole thing even tastier is that Waitrose has a special offer on – 25% off when you buy 6 or more bottles from £6-100 – until 7th Nov 2023. So you can save hard-earned cash while stocking up on the essentials! [NB: T&Cs below]

But even at the non-discount prices, these wines still represent great quality and value.

So what are the ten wines never to be without? Tune in to find out… 


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Below are the headlining wines featured in this episode, all from sponsor Waitrose.

Prices below are the normal, un-discounted prices.

Click on the links to take you straight to the wine page:

But we also namecheck a few cheeky alternatives, and they are:

Waitrose Offer T&Cs

25% off all wine and Champagne priced between £6 and £100 at Waitrose & Partners

From Wednesday 1st November to Tuesday 7th November, Waitrose will be offering 25% off wine and Champagne priced between £6 and £100, when purchasing any six or more bottles. The offer is available when shopping in branch, on, or online* at with a grocery delivery (the usual £40 online grocery minimum spend applies).

When taking advantage of the 25% offer on, customers are able to mix their own case with their favourite wines and Champagnes. With over 1000 wines to choose from on the Waitrose Cellar website, it’s the perfect time to stock up. Cases can include six or more bottles of the same trusty favourite, or a mixed selection of something new** – creating your own bespoke case of wine has never been easier.

Click and Collect*** is available from to Waitrose branches.  Standard delivery is within three working days**** or upgrade to named day delivery.*****

The offer applies to all wines priced between £6 and £100, including fortified wines, sparkling wines and Champagne (excluding gifts on

Regular promotions will resume on Wednesday 8th November 2023.

Please note this offer will not be available in branches in Scotland, Wales or Jersey, motorway service stations, Welcome Break, petrol stations or via Deliveroo.

* The offer is available online. If shopping on, the delivery date needs to be on or before the 7th November (delivery charges may apply).  If shopping on, the order needs to be placed before the offer expires on 7th November.

** A minimum of six bottles must be bought to activate the offer in branches, at and on, but purchases do not need to be in multiples of six

*** Click and Collect on Waitrose Cellar orders is £3.95, or free on orders over £100

**** Waitrose Cellar standard delivery within three working days is £5.95, or free on orders over £150. During very busy periods, such as 25% off events or during public holidays, standard delivery may take longer.

***** Waitrose Cellar Named Day deliveries are £8.95, or free on orders over £250

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