Of all the supermarkets, Lidl has been slowest to restart press tastings of its wine range after halting them due to Covid. However, it did host a small tasting of wines from its core range in November, and sent Decanter a dozen wines to taste from the Winter Wine Tour selection currently on sale. What follows is the highlights from those tastings, plus wines that were tasted previously and remain available.
Lidl does a good job of sourcing small quantities of interesting and well-priced wines for its revolving Wine Tour selection, which changes every couple of months. Between this and the core range, the supermarket offers a comprehensive selection of Old and New World wines across a range of styles.
This winter the line-up includes in particular a good selection of Champagne and sparkling wines. Whether you choose the Prosecco rosé at £7.49 or the (2014) vintage Comte de Senneval at £19.99, there’s a bubbly for all budgets, with a choice of non-vintage Champagnes, Crémant and even English sparkling wine in between. For the sweet-toothed, the Canadian Vidal icewine made by leading name Pillitteri Estate offers good value at £13.99. And there’s a keenly priced 10 Year Old Tawny Port (£11.99) that would be perfect served lightly chilled with hard cheese or fruit cake.
Hopefully the regular Lidl Wine Tour press tastings will restart soon, so that we can bring you regular updated recommendations throughout 2022.
The best Lidl wines to buy:
Lidl introduces six ‘Wine Tour’ updates to its core range every year. The wines are only available for a short period of time, while stocks last. The current (Winter) Wine Tour selection should be on the shelves until February, subject to availability.