Just as things are warming up and thoughts turn to barbecues (this was drafted between Storms Ciara and Dennis a month ago!), Lidl most thoughtfully have a new Wine Tour hitting the shelves on Thursday 23rd March. Some lovely wines and here are a few of my favourites:
Vermentino Toscana Sassi del Mare - £7.99 - Unusual dry white from Tuscany and perhaps not a grape you have heard of, but delicious and well worth a try.
Gruner Veltliner Reserve - £6.99 - Great price for Austria’s most drinkable dry white.
Tokaji Dry Dereszla - £7.99 - Beautiful dry white from a region in north-east Hungary better known for its sweet wines. Like biting into a ripe pear, but finishing dry and refreshing.
Riesling Trocken Rheingau - £6.49 - This will be a pleasing, dry, appetising surprise for those who think all German wine is sweet.
Riesling Scheurebe Halbtrocken - £5.99 - Just the sort of wine that Germany excels at: fruity, NOT sweet, crisp, light and wonderfully moreish. A wine for drinking, not tasting……..
Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Auslese - £6.99 - This one is sweeter but still nowhere near sweet enough to be a dessert wine. Perfect chilled with savoury canapés or pâté.
Domaine Coudougno Rosé - £5.99 - Pale, light, dry and versatile.
Spâtburgunder Rosé Feinherb - £5.99 - The previous one will appeal to those who like their rosé bone-dry and this is the one for those looking for a fruitier version. So easy to drink…….
Alte Vogtei Zu Ravensburg Spâtburgunder - £8.99 - much easier to drink than to say and a lovely example of modern German red from the Pinot Noir grape.
Terre Siciliane Appassite - £7.99 - Nicely balanced, smooth red from Sicily and based on the Syrah grape - not too dry, perfect for barbecues.
Saint Chinian Les Moulines Reserve - £7.99 - Satisfying, southern French red
Domaine Couquihado Côtes du Rhône - £6.49 - As ever, the Rhône is the best source of good value red wine in France. Spot on.
Bolyki Egri Bikaver, Hungary - At the time of writing I don’t know the price of this, but it is worth buying both for the quality and the entertaining back label……
Happy Drinking - and keep well