Best buys |  8 bottles to buy from Lidl's Spring 2021 wine tour

Best buys

8 bottles to buy from Lidl's Spring 2021 wine tour

It’s good to find that Lidl hasn’t given up its regular ‘wine tours’ which liven up the range every couple of months. Prices aren’t as keen as they once were, admittedly but if you’re in search of something more interesting than the general supermarket offering (or their own standard range) they’re still good value.

Here are eight I think are worth snapping up, bearing in mind that stocks are limited:

Duca di Sasseta Puglia Negroamaro Bianco 2019 13% £5.99

Negroamaro is normally red but this white version is very fresh, crisp and appealing, like a more characterful pinot grigio. They describe it as ’off-dry but it tastes pretty dry to me. Good with simple fish and shellfish dishes.

Duca di Sasseta Vermentino Blanco Toscano 2019 12.5% £7.49

Vermentino is one of my favourite Italian grape varieties - nicely smooth with a touch of white peach. It would be lovely with pasta primavera (with spring vegetables)

Falanghina Beneventano 2019 Sassi del Mare 13% £7.99

Another really appealing crisp fruity Italian white which they recommend with feta salad (do they mean Greek salad? Yup, that would work) light seafood dishes and smoked salmon (Hmmm, not so sure about that). I’d go for grilled fish myself and light veggie dishes

Duca di Castelmonte Zibibbo Terre Siciliane 2019 12% £7.49

I love this wine for its name - Zibibbo - as much as anything. It’s basically a member of the muscat family so expect a floral, fragrant, elderflowery white that would be lovely to drink in the garden on a warm spring afternoon.

Vicarius Furmint 2019 12.5% £7.99

Lovely clean, crisp, almost Chablis-like Hungarian white which will go, they suggest, with fennel risotto and leek and potato gratin. Spot on, I’d say.

Haraszthy Sauvignon Blanc 2020 13% Etyek-Budai £7.99

I wouldn’t agree with the observation on Lidl’s website that this Hungarian sauvignon blanc is ‘less exuberant’ than New Zealand ones. To me it’s totally in that vein and if you like that big boisterous Kiwi style it’s a really good example. Drink with big-flavoured salads.

Fleurie 2019 Collin-Bourisset 13.5% £7.99

Delicious. light, cherry-flavoured Fleurie: a must for Beaujolais fans. Would be great with glazed ham

Bastide Miraflors 2018 Vieilles vignes Cotes du Roussillon 14.5% £8.99

This Rhone-ish grenache-syrah blend is a bit of a belter. They recommend it with chilli con carne, game, burgers or dishes such as mushrooms in red wine which covers most bases. And stews, I’d say.

The wines were sent by Lidl as samples

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