Following the very successful wine tasting hosted by Lidl's master of Wine - Richard Bampfield, we get his personal updates on what is good at Lidl! The latest is:


 

Once again, the wine shelves of your local Lidl are about to receive a fresh influx of wine - on September 27th, to be precise.  And here, as ever, are my recommendations………
 
Whatever your plans this Christmas, I am sure wine will feature at some stage, so why not plan ahead? Lidl’s Christmas Wine Tour will be instore from Thursday November 22nd and here are my top picks from the selection:
 
Sparkling
Organic Prosecco Extra Dry - £7.99 - A good price for a decent Prosecco - AND it is organic!
Champagne Millesimé 2013 Comte de Senneval - £16.99 - Excellent, flavoursome Champagne.  Drinking well now but I reckon it will be even better if you keep a few bottles till this time next year
Clairette de Die Cuvée César - £7.99 - Imagine Appletise with a touch of alcohol and a little more fizz and this is what it might taste like. Full of fruit, lighly sweet and simply delicious. Crying out for brunch!
 
Dry White
Café Terrasse Vaucluse 2017 - £5.99 - a convenient, versatile dry white, light, grapey and refreshing
Colnem Costières de Nimes 2017 - £6.49 - Another white from the Rhône Valley, this time with more depth and warmth - lovely match for fish. 
Pinot Gris Grand Cru Ernest Wein 2015 - £10.99 - Rather special, full-bodied Alsace white. Masses of flavour, not too dry, well balanced - ideal if you are looking for a white to go with the turkey. 
 
Reds
Chateau des Maures 2016 Lalande de Pomerol - £10.99 - Good, classy claret, full of flavour and ideal for the lunch/dinner table. 
Vacqueyras 2016 - £8.99 - Good winter warmer.
Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Séguret 2017 - £6.99 - Good value, easy-drinking, characterful red
Garnacha Roble 2017 - £6.99 - As above!
Outlook Bay Pinot Noir 2017 - £9.99 - Highly attractive, rounded, New Zealand red.  Would probably be my choice for turkey. 
Te Mata Merlot Cabernets 2016 - £10.99 - Classy dry red from one of NZ’s top producers
 
Sweet White
Pillitteri Estate Vidal Icewine 2016 - £13.99
Pillitteri Estate Riesling Icewine 2017 - £14.99
My preference is for the Riesling, but many will prefer the Vidal which has more exotic, stone-fruit flavours. Either way, two very special sweet wines - nicely packed in a box so they make ideal gifts.
Happy Christmas!
Richard

Richard Bampfield MW
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