Found some excellent wines in #Lidl @lidlireland yesterday. First to catch my eye was Muscat of Samos, a fortified Greek desert wine from the Island of Samos in the Aegean. It has a protected geographic designation and I have rarely seen it outside the Aegean islands. Made from the White Muscat grape grown in the semi-mountainous and mountainous terraces of Samos, the Greeks particularly enjoy it with watermelon. It's lovely way to end a meal with a different sweetness and finish to temperate European sweet wines. It has 15% alcohol and is good value by Irish standards at €9.83 but the effect of our ridiculous taxation can be seen in Lidl selling the same bottle at €4.99 in Germany.
The 2020 Gavi DOCG white wine at €7.49 is made from Cortese grapes and is a very drinkable summer wine as an aperitif or with fish or light summer meals. Cortese is a white grape variety most famously associated with the crisp, lime-scented wines of Gavi in Piedmont.
Keeping the best till last the 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a top bottle which Lidl are discounting to clear the remaining stock. A traditional blend of grapes it gets its character from the Sangiovese grapes grown above 450 meters in the hills around Montepulciano in central Tuscany. Fermented for at least 2 years, 18 months in oak barrels, it gives an intensely red, elegant wine which is tannic to the right point with a soft and velvety finish. O'Brien's Fine Wines in Dublin have the same vintage at €25.49, in Lidl this was €9.99.
Other good value and interesting wines which caught the eye were an Austrian Gruener Veltliner Reserved 13% at €7.39 and an Organic Bianco di Sicilia IGT 12.5% at €6.99. It's Italian week in Lidl so look for featured Italian food and their version of Aperol, Bitterol apperitivo at €7.99.
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