Over on our YouTube channel, we’ve been taste testing wines from the supermarket. These wines are all great examples of regions or grapes that you might not usually gravitate towards, all at a price that won’t make a dent in your wallet.
Most of the best-loved supermarket wines in the UK come from big name producers like Barefoot and Campo Viejo. But if you look past these household names, there’s a world of wine to be discovered. And the best part is that you don’t have to gamble on a £20 bottle delivering in taste.
A great place to start with supermarket wine is Lidl. Over the past couple of years, Lidl has really pulled out all the stops with its wine range. In 2020, the chain won Supermarket Wine Retailer of the Year for the third time in a row. And in 2019, Lidl’s Comte de Senneval Brut NV ranked as one of the best champagnes alongside Veuve Clicquot.
Lidl wines frequently pop up in our supermarket taste testing. Below, we’ve got a round up of our Lidl wine tastings that our Head of Wine, Isabelle, and our followers on Instagram have really enjoyed so far.
So what are the best Lidl wines?
The Red: Ribera del Duero
This wine is rated 93/100 by Lidl’s Master of Wine, Richard Bampfield, and it’s also one that Isabelle thoroughly enjoyed. Ribera del Duero is a region in the north of Spain, not far from Rioja. And like Rioja, this wine is made using the same grape variety, Tempranillo. As Isabelle sums up, Tempranillo is a great for wines with “medium body, medium acidity, medium tannin.”
It’s rare to get a bad supermarket Ribera del Duero, as the winemakers in the region really take care to only produce the best wine they can. So if you’re looking for a beautiful oaky red, with creaminess, red fruit, vanilla and chocolate, give this one a go.
The White: Albariño
This wine comes from Rías Baixas in Spain and is a delicious example of a creamy white wine. Bampfield rates this wine 91/100, but we think Isabelle sums this wine up best at 1:04 (“I didn’t want to spit it out”). This Albariño is a great wine from Lidl’s range, pairing zesty fruits with a peachy creaminess.
We recommend getting this wine as soon as you can; Isabelle first tried this wine back in 2020, before discovering that Lidl had taken it off the shelves. Of course, we were extremely excited to see it back in store at the start of 2021.
The Sparkling: Clairette de Die
A firm Wine List favourite, and again, this one is ranked 91 by Richard Bampfield. This is a sweet sparkling wine with a great acidity to balance it out. Clairette de Die comes from the Rhône Valley in France and has a fascinating story to match its fascinating taste. This wine is naturally sparkling and has been made for over 2000 years (predating champagne).
This is great to have with spicy food, as spice lowers the perception of fruit in wine. So go for something really fruity and sweet like this Clairette de Die to make the most of your meal.
Head to any supermarket and you'll be overwhelmed by choice. It can be difficult to tell a well-priced, good wine from a suspiciously discounted dud. Lidl has some great options to try out. And if you're new to wine tasting, our supermarket taste tests on YouTube are a great way to start identifying the characteristics in wine.
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