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Who is Ned Halley?

Posted by: Andy Kelly

Date: 03-09-2019

Ned Halley is an award winning journalist and author of the book The Best Wines in the Supermarkets which is published annually.

In the book Ned picks his best reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines from each of Britain’s most popular and best loved supermarkets. He rates the best wines on a scale from 0-10 with 10 being the top mark and gives a couple of descriptive sentences on each one. You’ll also find the prices for each bottle though do only take this as an average because prices tend to fluctuate(and by fluctuate we mean that Ned rates them highly and the prices suddenly go up). Ned also discusses the state of play in the world of wine and even provides a handy glossary of the most often used wine terms in the industry.

You get quite a lot of information for your £8.99 with a list of Ned’s very best for that year followed by a comprehensive run down of the wines from each supermarket which makes up the bulk of the book. Ned also gives tips on how to enjoy the wine and you can also find a handy glossary at the back that explains everything you need to know to sound like a connoisseur.

The book is easy to read, simple to navigate and an absolute must for anybody who is interested in wine. You can purchase yours from Amazon, it’ll cost you less than a tenner and we guarantee that you will save some money and discover some outstanding wines.

We’ve been using this book for 3 years and it’s been a god send. We’ve discovered some outstanding wines that are easily worth double what we payed for them and we’ve also discovered new regions and grapes that we wouldn’t have otherwise tried.

Currently, his 2020 edition is on he shelves and, as expected, there are some absolute barn-burning wines in there. He rates 41 wines 10/10 with a further 130 wines rated at 9 so you can imagine how many wines are there for you to explore.

In this section of the website, we will put Ned’s recommendations to the test by purchasing some of the wines and reviewing them ourselves, giving each one a score out of 10 in much the same way Ned has. We’ll endeavour to keep each review short and we’ll add our own comments on to what Ned says about the wine. We have both enjoyed Ned’s books and we looking forward to putting him to the test!

Oh and if you’re reading this Ned, we’ve likely managed to flog some of your books with my recommendations so just let me know how best to contact you and I’ll send you our bank details for the commission we’re owed. Failing that, we’ll take a bottle of Tesco’s Finest Viña del Cura Rioja Gran Reserva 2012.