Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Why you should buy wine here this festive season

wine_lidl.jpg

Want to stock up on award-winning bottles without blowing the budget? Join the oenophiles in the aisles of Aldi and Lidl...

Rather than popping into your local off-licence to pick up a bottle of malbec for Christmas dinner, take note of respected wine writers and instead fill your basket with Aldi and Lidl’s own-brand finest.

“Industry titans are hugely impressed with their offerings,” says Stylist’s wine expert Jane Parkinson. “The interest in their ranges has never been stronger.”

The Observer’s wine columnist David Williams agrees: “They have a knack of finding decent wines from classic areas at significantly better prices than elsewhere.”

They’ve also brought in the big guns to help them up the ante. “Lidl now uses respected Masters of Wine as consultants,” explains Parkinson. And just last week, Aldi scooped 23 medals (including four gold) at the International Wine Challenge 2016; further proof of the experts’ approval.

Here, Parkinson shares her top picks from each store – chin-chin:


Aldi Crémant de Jura Chardonnay 2012

Fantastic value dry and fruity French fizz, it comes in a smart bottle that makes it look far more expensive than it actually is.


Aldi The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 2014

Made by renowned Australian producer Taylors and with tangy lime flavours and plenty of ripe pear crunch, it’s bone dry, refreshing and zesty.


Aldi Vignobles Rousselet Malbec

A hearty French malbec that was made for winter stews, it has the typical floral perfume with robust liquorice and black fruit flavours.


Lidl Premier Cru Brut Champagne NV

Tasting of toasted nuts and honey, it’s an easy-drinking dry champagne at a keen party-friendly price.


Lidl Cimarosa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

A bargain from NZ made by respected producers Yealands, it’s a balance of pretty elderflower and tropical passionfruit.


Lidl Chateau de la Riviere Fronsac 2008

This eight-year-old claret will impress classic wine drinkers this festive season with its smooth chocolate and blackcurrant flavours.


Words: Lucy Frith

To read this week's issue of Stylist, download from app.stylist.co.uk

Related

ThinkstockPhotos-477972073.jpg

Forget sherry. These are the top wines to drink at Christmas

webcrop.jpg

Lunch hour heroes: the drinks to help you survive a boozy work lunch

spiced-gingerbread-marshmallow-baubles.jpg

Make your own edible Christmas presents

thinkstockphotos-467686004.jpg

The ultimate Christmas bucket list

princely-pies.jpg

This week's Style List

INSIDE_flat_NEW_rt.jpg

Nigella reveals her seasonal must-haves for Christmas

296_tablet_feat_nigella_bunt_cake_lead_v1.jpg

Recipe: How to make Nigella’s Pumpkin bundt cake

christmas.jpg

The joy of dressing up for Christmas

298_tablet_fash_xmasdressing_inline2_v1.jpg

Three of the best dress-up outfits for Christmas day

Comments

More

“How Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington gave my generation a voice"

The musician leaves a lasting legacy

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Jul 2017

The grossly sexist ads we can’t believe exist in the 21st century

From a Co-op egg to that deeply offensive Protein World poster

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jul 2017

How your Love Island obsession is wreaking havoc with your health

Experts have genuinely issued a warning…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jul 2017

Boots won’t cut morning-after pill price because we can’t be trusted

Cheaper emergency contraception? Unprotected sex party at ours, everyone!

by Amy Swales
21 Jul 2017

Did Japan’s First Lady pretend not to speak English to ignore Trump?

Akie Abe, we salute you.

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Jul 2017

This 'Beer For Her' has managed to offend everyone on Twitter

Apparently womankind can only ever drink from pink receptacles

by Megan Murray
21 Jul 2017

This Instagram account is aiming to break the miscarriage taboo

Women are coming together to share their stories of loss

by Megan Murray
21 Jul 2017

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who salary revealed after gender pay gap row

And it may surprise you…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jul 2017

Quiz: which famous duo are you and your work wife?

It’s time to find out, once and for all, who you and your work wife really are…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Jul 2017

You’ve been making your tea wrong this whole time, reveal tea experts

Wait, what?

by Jasmine Andersson
20 Jul 2017