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Top Tips for St Valentine – and more

Try this rather nice pinot based rosé for the year’s most romantic day - plus a couple of Lidl Wine Tour bottles that also hail from Italy.

As regular MidWeekers will know, Monday is “Recommendation Day” while the weekly Thursday posts are “Information” events.

So here are – not two but three – Top Tips that highlight wines I consider punch well above their weight for their current price.

Two of them are from the less expensive end of the latest Lidl Wine tour while the first one is special for today (unromantic souls should check the calendar).

So full speed ahead then for my latest selections with, where possible, hyperlinks to the retailer’s web site and with suitable bottle shots too.

Special for today

2020 Mabis La Carezza Pinot Nero (£7.99 – instead of £10.99 until 22 February – at Waitrose):

This pinot based Valentine rosé is a good example of the interestingly different rosés now emerging from Italy and is currently offered at a great price.

It is light, creamy and discernibly dry with subtle hints of strawberries, redcurrants, cranberry and watermelon, all stylishly packaged in a great looking bottle, and ably supported by gentle acidic freshness.

An Unfamiliar Grape

2020 Puglia Nero di Troia (£5.99 at Lidl while stocks last):

Lidl’s latest Wine Tour is well under way and contains this balanced Italian red made using an often underestimated grape – nero di troia – but earning high marks from me for value.

Medium bodied with bright fruit components, it delivers soft loganberry and red plum flavours with minimal tannin but embellished by vibrant acidity coupled with allspice, milk chocolate and vanilla influences.

Top Tip Bonus

2020 Greco di Tufo (£5.99 at Lidl while stocks last):

Speaking of Lidl’s Wine Tour, let’s put an extra item into the mix with another wine from Southern Italy, but this time a white.

It is one where (unusually) I disagree significantly with the retailer’s Master of Wine scores – which I think undervalue this wine, but see what you think.

Perfumed and rounded, it delivers lively apple, melon and orange flavours coupled with sharp grapefruit acidity and a pithy texture that adds attractive contrast.


We are back on Thursday for another round-up of information on wines on promotion from a range of High Street retailers. Hope to see you then.

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