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:


Nearing the end of July and, as it’s a thirsty time of year, Lidl have kindly preempted the fact that your wine stocks may be looking a little low and have come out with their next Wine Tour - on shelf from Thursday, July 26th. As it happens there are some particularly refreshing wines, both red and white, and these are my favourites:

Picpoul de Pinet Les Figuerettes 2017 - 6.99 - Lovely example of Picpoul, typically dry yet with a little more fruitiness than usual.

Carpinus Tokaji Hárslevelü 2017 - 7.99 - We are getting used to seeing Dry Furmint from Tokaji, but it is VERY unusual to see the other grape from the region, Hárslevelü. But if there is one wine from this selection that has to be tried, it is this one. Floral, dry, apricot fruit, just delicious.

Juhfark Tornai 2017 - 6.99 - Very fresh, zesty, dry Hungarian white. Memorable name…..

“Zo” Zöldveltelini 2017 - 5.99 - The Z word is Hungarian for Gruner Veltliner and this has all the zest, zip and freshness of the increasingly well-known Austrian grape.

Bolyki Egri Csillag 2017 - 6.99 - Another exciting Hungarian dry white, with Bolyki being the name of the charismatic producer, Egri meaning that it comes from Eger and Csillag indicating a blend.

Pfaffl Neubern Riesling 2017 - 8.99 - the pick of 3 very good Austrian whites, this is terrific dry Riesling, pure, precise and mouthwatering.

Hans Lang Riesling 2016 - 8.99 - Another Dry Riesling, this time from Germany and a little lighter - delicious summer drinking.

Riesling Scheurebe 2017 - 4.99 - Less dry than the Rieslings, fruity, brisk and refreshing - lovely wine at a ridiculously low price.


Domaine Saint Pierre Gris 2017 - 4.99 - light, dry, versatile southern French rosé.


Corbières 2016 - 4.99 - Simply good, easy-drinking, juicy dry red.

Pfaffl Granat Saint Laurent 2017 - 7.99 - A lovely, juicy dry red to match the Austrian dry whites.

Eszterbauer Sogor Kadarka 2017 - 5.99 - Light in both colour and body, refreshing summer red.

Outlook Bay Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015 - 9.99 - Lovely example of modern New Zealand red - cool fruit, not too high in alcohol, excellent match for lighter meat dishes.


Sparkling wines
Champagne Bissinger Blanc de Blancs - 19.99 - Top class, appetising Blanc de Blancs.

Champagne Bissinger Rosé - 15.99 - Good, versatile Champagne that actually tastes like a rosé…..


Happy Drinking!


Richard Bampfield MW

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