Drinks of the Month | Two good Portuguese wine buys from Lidl

Drinks of the Month

Two good Portuguese wine buys from Lidl

Lidl’s latest ‘wine tour’ focuses on Spain and Portugal this month so I tried out a few wines from the selection. These two Portuguese wines struck me as the best buys, not least because they were slightly cheaper than the others. It’s ironic that as other retailers madly scramble to reduce their prices Lidl is steadily creeping up theirs.

Encostas de Caiz Vinho Verde Avesso 2019 12.5% £6.49

Vinho verde seems to get better and better with much more character than the cheap 11% examples that use to be standard. This is deliciously fresh and fruity (I picked up starfruit, kiwi, grapes and green apple) - almost springlike in its appeal so perfect for light fish dishes and salads.

Torre de Ferro Reserva Dao 2017 13.5% £7.49

A full-flavoured, mellow, oaky red that should appeal if you like rioja. Ideal for a Sunday roast or a steak. Great value.

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Agramont Old Vine Garnacha 2019, Navarra 14% £7.99

A more modern juicy, fruity style of Spanish red that would go with big, hearty pork and bean dishes or a chilli. Could definitely handle a bit of spice

But I’m less keen on

CEO Godello Monterrei 2019 £8.49

If you like a rich chardonnay you should enjoy this Godello with its touch of tropical fruit. It’s not especially cheap though. Doesn’t really rock my boat.

Salneval 2019 Val do Salnés Rias Baixas £7.99

I like albariño but it rarely delivers that lovely fresh saline hit at this price. This is just a bit dull. Buy the Vinho Verde instead!

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