Best buys | Six wines to snap up from Lidl

Best buys

Six wines to snap up from Lidl

Lidl has a new selection of wines in store - one of its regular limited edition releases which generally last for a couple of months although popular wines can sell out more quickly.

The quality and value for money is pretty hard to beat. Here are the ones I would snap up.

Podere Macinatico Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2016 13% £7.49

Italian whites don’t have much overt fruit character but that’s what makes them so versatile with food. A lovely crisp fresh white that you could drink with practically any seafood or vegetable pasta or risotto or with antipasti

Grüner Veltliner Granit 2016 £7.99

One of two excellent grüner veltliners in the current range (the other being the Wachau Terraces (12%) which is also good but slightly more expensive at £8.99). The Granit is beautifully clean, mineral and pristine - an easy partner for all kinds of starters and not over-spicy Vietnamese food.

The best food pairings for grüner veltliner

Pfaffl riesling Neubern, Austria 2017 13.5% £8.99

Another Austrian gem with a touch of sweetness but still very classy and elegant. Very young still so should also improve. Would pair well with lighter Chinese dishes so a good buy for the Chinese New Year. Would work with south-east Asian dishes too.

Tulga Crianza, Castilla y Leon 2013 £5.99

If your red wine supplies need topping up after Christmas this savoury Spanish red should hit the spot. There’s oak there but it’s not obtrusive. Drink with anything you would pair with a rioja crianza.

The best food pairings for rioja

Limited edition Syrah Valle de Rapel 2015 14% £6.99

A serious big belter - mainly syrah with a dash of cabernet sauvignon and alicante bouschet. Rather un-eco-friendly big bottle but for the money it’s ludicrously good value and will keep. Perfect for steak.

Cimarosa Winemaker’s Selection Cuvée Especial 2015 14% £7.99

A big, lush, blend of cabernet sauvignon, syrah and carmenère sporting Chile’s trademark ripe fruit. Again, a lot of wine for the money. Would be lovely with well-charred butterflied lamb.

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