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 Wine Tour - from Thursday, November 26th
At the time of writing, we still have no idea in what numbers we will be able to celebrate Christmas this year but, if your household is anything like mine, bottles will be opened regardless - in fact, rarely has the need been greater! So here are my picks from the forthcoming Lidl Wine Tour just in case you feel the need to arm yourselves in advance. And, whilst there, I can also highly recommend Lidl’s florentines, Deluxe mince pies and 24 month matured Christmas pudding (described by Which? as having “good boozy flavour”)!
Champagne 2014 Comte de Senneval - £19.99 - Has the extra intensity of flavour expected of a vintage Champagne. Impressive now, probably even better if you can keep a bottle or two for next Christmas!
Dry Whites
Greco di Tufo - £6.99 - Fine, elegant dry white from Campania - hard to describe, just rather good……
Riesling Reserve Trocken - £6.99 - Lovey, juicy German Riesling with a fine, dry finish.
Alsace Pinot Gris Ernest Wein - £7.99 - Delicious, off-dry white, textured, flavoursome - ideal if served with lightly spicy food.
Outlook Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ - £7.99 - Simply excellent example of New Zealand Sauvignon - flavoursome and appetising, really good all-rounder
Pouilly-Fuissé - £14.99 - Pricey for Lidl, I know, but a steal for White Burgundy of this quality. If you feel you need a treat, this is the one……
Sweet whites
Vidal Ice Wine, Pillitteri Estates, Niagara, Canada - £13.99 (37.5cl) - A Christmas favourite at Lidl, back by popular demand. Very sweet and very giftable in its smart gift box! And yes, it is sweet enough to match with Christmas pudding
Rheinhessen Beerenauslese, Germany - £6.99 (37.5cl) - Rare to find a Beerenauslese these days and even rarer at this price. Lovely limey fruit and pretty sweet……but also most refreshing.
Tokaji Szamorodni Edes, Hungary - £7.49 (50cl) - Top class sweet wine, not as sweet as the above two - brilliant with the stilton or stollen……..
Red Wines
Baden Spatburgunder, Germany - £9.99 - My favourite wine with roast turkey is Pinot Noir and this is a delicious German example of the grape - beautiful wine at an excellent price.
Priorat Crianza - £7.99 - Excellent winter red for those looking for something fuller-bodied.
Nera d’Avola Appasite, Sicily - £6.99 - Full-bodied, flavoursome red for those that like their reds richly flavoured and not too dry.
Armilar 10 year old Tawny Port - £11.99 - I simply love this port. It is a tawny so has no sediment and does not need decanting. In Portugal they would serve it lightly chilled, which is how I prefer it too. A perfect Christmas treat.
Season’s Greetings - keep well and refreshed!
Richard Bampfield MW
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