Wine for the weekend – Campo Viejo

Campo Viejo is part of the Pernod Ricard stable (which, amongst a host of spirits, also owns Australian producer Jacob’s Creek). And while there’s no need to be snobby about buying into a big brand, it’s worth knowing when choosing a rioja. The region has spent a lot of time and money trying to reinvigorate itself of late - as a quick look at the stylish labels in your local off-license will attest - thanks to a new generation of wine-makers coming to the fore.

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Some old-style rioja has been guilty of tasting dull and tired, however the more modern producers are working hard to get the best from the tempranillo grape, so it’s an interesting region to experiment with. Campo  Viejo has been producing wines since 1959, and its range - the Crianza, Reserva and finally the Gran Reserva - is reliable and serviceable.

By law, gran reserva wines must spend at least two years in (usually American) oak and three in the bottle, so you’re dealing with quiet a full-bodied beast filled with autumnal flavours and stewed fruit. It’ll work well with big hearty dishes. £12.50 at www.thedrinkshop.com