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:


Lidl Christmas Selection
As I am closely involved with Lidl, I am normally reluctant to trumpet their wines too loudly in case it sounds as if the trumpet I am blowing is my own. However, I have to say that this selection of wines for Christmas is the best we have yet offered. What can I say but buy, drink and be merry……?
The Christmas Wine Tour will be in store from Thursday, November 21st and I have tried to distill my favourites down to those below:
Forget Me Not Sparkling Sauvignon, Slovenia - £9.99 - Delicious, finely scented, dry Sauvignon with beautifully balanced fizz. Mark my words, we will hear a lot more about Slovenian wine in future.
Crémant d’Alsace - £8.29 - Well-priced, versatile, easy-drinking sparkler.
Champagne Comte de Senneval 2013 - Good price for richly flavoured vintage Champagne
Dry Whites
Forget Me Not Sauvignon Blanc/Pinot Grigio, Slovenia - £6.49 - With lovely depth of flavour for a wine relatively low in alcohol (11.5%).  Might be a useful pick-me-up over Christmas……..
Von Göler Riesling Trocken, Germany - £7.99 - Similar attributes to the above, good, refreshing white and significantly drier thank many might expect.
The Second Fleet Tasmanian Riesling - £9.99 - Not cheap but if you want to drink a fine, dry flavoursome white that typifies so much of what is good about both Riesling and Australia, this is the one! Perfect for the turkey sandwiches……
Dry Rosé
Tavel Rosé - £7.99 - Not for the faint-hearted, this is real, traditional, dry French rosé - incredibly versatile with food and packs quite a punch for a rosé.
Corbières Domaine Crues du Chêne - £6.99 - Attractive, juicy smooth red with much more character than one could reasonably expect at this price.
Vacqueyras Les Gabets - £9.99 - Perfect winter red, rich and warming - ideal for the dinner table and as something special to take round to friends.
Rosso di Montepulciano - £6.99 - Another red, this time Italian, that punches well above its weight/price
Passo Mastro Negroamaro / Primitivo (£5.99) and Frappato / Syrah (£6.99) - Two southern Italian reds that have plenty of flavour and are ideal for those who like their reds not too dry.
Outlook Bay Central Otago Pinot Noir - £9.99 - Wonderful red for turkey, best served from a decanter or carafe.
Te Mata Cabernet / Merlot - £10.99 - From one of New Zealand’s most respected wine producers, this is high class red made from the classic red grapes of Bordeaux.
Sweet Wines
If there is one time of year when you can indulge in a glass of something sweet and delicious with dessert or as a digestif, surely it is over Christmas?  Plenty of choice at Lidl………
Tokaji Szamarodni Grof Degenfeld - £7.99/50cl - Beautiful sweet Hungarian wine, best served lightly chilled at the beginning of a meal with devils on horseback…..
Pacherenc de Vic-Bilh - £7.99 - one of France’s more curiously named wines, but hard to imagine a better value wine this Christmas. Sweet, luscious and seriously classy.
Passito di Pantelleria - £11.99/50cl - Rare sweet wine from the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, off the Tunisian coast.  If you deserve a treat, this is the one - astonishing fruit intensity and depth of flavour, genuinely complex.
Pedro Ximenez - £5.99/50cl - tastes like liquid Christmas pudding and is actually rather delicious poured over vanilla ice cream…..
Riesling Icewine Pillitteri Estates, Canada - £13.99 (37.5cl)  - Once again, Lidl are offering this rather wonderful Icewine, nicely gift-packed so ideal to take/offer as a present.
Armilar 10 year old Tawny Port - £10.99 - beautiful, oak-aged Port, best enjoyed lightly chilled.
Happy drinking!
Richard Bampfield MW
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