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What to buy in Lidl's latest Wine Tour.

Now Black Friday is over, the big retailers are turning their attention to festive promotions. Below is a round-up of wine and fizz offers currently running at the major supermarkets. You will also find my standout wines from Lidl’s latest Wine Tour. Be quick though, the wines are only available while stocks last.

2019 Sicilia Nero D’Avola (£6.99 at Lidl)

The prime Sicilian grapes used for this red have been dried slightly to reduce the water content and make what is left behind slightly sweeter and – as if often the case – higher in alcohol.

Savoury edged with cherry and raspberry flavours, this wine has firm acidity, limited tannin and a smoky, menthol and baking spice finish which enhances the brightness of those fruit components.

2019 Tokaji Amethyst Premium Furmint (£7.99 at Lidl)

The wine world is used to praising the deliciously sweet wines of Hungary’s Tokaji but we are slowly appreciating what dry versions the Furmint grape can also deliver.

This excellent example is the star white from Lidl’s promotion providing pithy but bright pear and red apple flavours, firm grapefruit acidity, smooth savoury depth and mouth-watering spice.

Other high spots from the Lidl Wine Tour

Other bottles of note from the Winter Wine Tour (that began last Thursday) include an excellent vintage Champagne, a sound entry-point Tawny Port, and a beautiful example of ice wine. See below for details but note, they are only available while stocks last.

Current (festive) promotions

Note, some restrictions and exclusions apply. Check individual retailer websites or stores for full details.

Tune in again on Thursday when we look at Champagne and sparkling wine for Christmas and the New Year.

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14 Responses

  1. Morning Brian, trust all is well with you and yours. Another good read with the cornflakes this morning. Opened the champagne you mention above and was thoroughly impressed, so much so I went to my local Lidl yesterday and cleared the shelf (if you’re not fast you’re last!!!). Picked up a few bottles of Priorat also, big fan and the ice wine is also a sound favourite for Christmas Day with the blue cheese. Stay safe

  2. Hello Brian ….
    Yes I can vouch for the Armilar Tawny Port. I got it last Thursday early doors … I like Chris Scott’s remark above … if you’re not fast you’re last … hahahaha! This port is quite classy and very enjoyable. Just to mention from the other 25% off deals you list, Asda have some good bottles especially, for not a lot of money. Latest Decanter magazine supplement on 2020 Awards flags-up a platinum medal for Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec that Asda usually sell at £16 but currently on a roll-back deal of £12. Now take off 25% for buying 6 and it’s £9 that to me looks like a steal. I got some in its posh-box packaging …but I bet it disappears pdq! Best now … Eddie.

  3. Thanks Chris …. Glad we are on the same page with that champagne. I thought that the priorat took a while to open up and for those familar liquorice elements to become less assertive and get into balance. Decanting seems a must but, once everything has settled, the wine is once again very tasty.

  4. Morning Eddie ….. Pleased to see your endorsement for my thoughts on the Tawny Port. They tell me that even the port shippers in Porto have now made tawny their drink of choice.
    Those Asda deals are certainly worth following up – and if you are a Twitter user look at my friend Peter Turner’s You Tube video about several their “under £10” wines. It make neat, quick, unstuffy viewing.

  5. Hello Brian
    I can certainly vouch for the Castellore Sangiovese Appassimento above. Along with a lot of what Aldi have in the way of very decent reds just now this is another to warm the heart at the money. For £2 cheaper I can point your readers to the Aimone Rosso as well. Very acceptable Italians for my money. Best now. Eddie.

  6. Hi Brian
    Please may I ask if it would be possible for you to consider adding the alcohol by volume levels again to the wines listed in your emails? I find the levels useful when choosing from your excellent recommendations.
    Take care.
    Have a Merry Christmas.
    Tony

  7. I’ve had a bottle of the Sangiovese in the garage for a few weeks now. Think I may have to try it this weekend… I also like the Aimone that Eddie mentions in the comments. Salut!

  8. Thanks for the extra tip Eddie – that will certainly be appreciated by regular MidWeekers. Glad that the appassimmento works for you too as I was especially impressed by it.

  9. Hello Tony and terrific to hear from you. I trust you are in rude health. I have only omitted the alcohol strength from my Thursday posts for the Christmas selections, abv will be back in the New Year.

  10. Modern sangiovese is so much more approachable than versions from former times. I sampled the Waitrose Bluepint example the other day, for instance, and it is terrific. Thanks too for endorsing Eddie’s suggestion – feedback like that is a great help to other subscribers.

  11. Thank you Richard, “Bravo’s” are always appreciated. In truth, getting wine of an acceptable quality at everyday prices is becoming increasingly difficult. Unless the supermarket’s response to the re-opening of the hospitality industry changes things, we may have to get used to slightly higher prices.

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