Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

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Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

Postby suffolk » January 19th, 2018, 6:54 pm

I thought it would be good to have a thread where we could share our discoveries of very drinkable yet reasonably priced wines ... for example, today we opened a bottle of Waitrose Crisp and Floral Italian Dry White http://www.waitrosecellar.com/all-wines ... lian-white

Goodness me, it went down a treat :oops: and I've had to screw the top back very firmly ... it will be finished tomorrow ... at £4.99 a bottle it's a bargain and tastes exactly as described on the website :cocktail:
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Re: Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

Postby aero280 » January 19th, 2018, 7:40 pm

If any of you are in the area of the Ahr Valley in Germany, it's worth seeking out Brogsitters in Walporzheim, Bad Neuenahr.

We found their sparkling red wine on our travels it's very nice and also unusual. :) They will supply in cases to the UK, as our daughter-in-law has discovered. And it's on offer at the moment...

https://www.brogsitter.de/brogsitter-ro ... albtrocken

Our other DIL is teetotal and has taken a shine to one of their other sparkling wines - an alcohol free one. We tried it and it's drinkable too!! And a good suggestion for parties and other events where people are expected to drink champagne for toasts.

https://www.brogsitter.de/brogsitter-le ... lkoholfrei
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Re: Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

Postby StokeySue » January 19th, 2018, 7:57 pm

It's worth trying the Waitrose Blueprint collection, or indeed any of the supermarket own brand ranges that do good examples of basic varietues; in particular they all seem to do good Romanian Pinot Noir, which I have reommended before for both drinking and cooking, they range from about £5 -6. Vinho verde also a good bet.

But if you ever wondered why Rick Stein rabbits on about Alabarino as THE seafood wine, Waitrose Blueprint Vina Taboexa Albarino is much nicer IMHO than far more expensive examples I've had at £8.29
http://www.waitrosecellar.com/waitrose-blueprint-collection/waitrose-vina-taboexa-albarino-713697
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Re: Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

Postby Bubbles » January 23rd, 2018, 11:17 am

Yes, great that some very drinkable wines can be bought for around £5. Currently enjoying Romanian La Umbra Sue - £4.99 at the moment. A lovely juicy Merlot, and I love the 'dry and aromatic' Spanish white, again £4.99, both Waitrose. Waitrose is my nearest supermarket but also have a Lidl quite close. Anyone have any suggestions for Lidl?
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Postby StokeySue » January 23rd, 2018, 12:23 pm

Aldi has the reputation of being better for wine than Lidl, not their cheapest but always good value would be anything from their Exquisite collection, love the Picpoul de Pinet

Ah - one thing I do buy from Lidl, 0.5 l bottles of sherry
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Postby Luca » January 23rd, 2018, 6:30 pm

Do they sell dry sherry Sue? I've never seen it in my Lidl.

Good idea for a thread Suffs. :cocktail:
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Postby suffolk » January 23rd, 2018, 6:45 pm

Luca wrote:Good idea for a thread Suffs.


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Re: Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

Postby Zosherooney » January 23rd, 2018, 9:07 pm

As some of you may know, we recently tunneled it to France and doing the research before we went I came across the Calais wine warehouse via TA. We had already booked the tunnel and were making a Mon-Fri trip out of it. If anyone is interested, they will pay your crossing P&O or tunnel (cheaper in Jan.) if you spend £300-£400 with them. We arrived with them around lunchtime on Monday and they have a tasting room - try before you buy! We chose and left the list with them. Paying an collecting on Friday before before we came back to the UK. We did get a discount for shopping with them. We were happy with the service, knowledge, chat, coffee and recommend their service. They seem very flexible and I am happy to recommend. They are easy to find and close to main routes. https://www.calaiswine.co.uk
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Re: Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

Postby StokeySue » January 23rd, 2018, 9:08 pm

Luca wrote:Do they sell dry sherry Sue? I've never seen it in my Lidl.

Good idea for a thread Suffs. :cocktail:

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Postby Seatallan » January 24th, 2018, 2:32 pm

Our friends in Carlisle had a bottle of the most wonderful 30 year old Port from Lidl (they bought it just before Christmas). Honestly- it was possibly the best Port I've ever tasted. :chops: :cocktail:
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Re: Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 8th, 2018, 10:20 am

A brilliant idea for a thread. :tu:

I treated myself to a South African Sauvignon Blanc from Lidl recently. At £3.89 it was one of the cheapest on sale and I was very pleasantly surprised.

https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/White-Wine-36 ... =1384&ar=7

I will be having a look at their sherry selection next time I am in, but they keep spirits and fortified wines right near the checkouts and all the hustle and bustle. Always good to have a bottle in for cooking purposes only of course. :lol:
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Postby Zosherooney » February 8th, 2018, 12:39 pm

When not on the waggon..... Pedro Ximinez (Lidl) is one of my faves. Their cab. sav. is also very quaffable.
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Re: Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

Postby StokeySue » February 8th, 2018, 5:05 pm

Not wine as such... but if you like dry (or other) vermouth either for quaffing or cooking the vest I know are Dolin (French, Waitrose, shockingly expensive) and Noilyy Prat (French, everywhere, nearly as bad) Martini e Rossi is cheaper and often on offer, but I really don't like it, too much like herbal tea for me. Half the price of Martini or less, both Lidl and Morrissons do own brand vermouth that is very good IMHO
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Re: Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

Postby Zosherooney » February 8th, 2018, 6:25 pm

Mr. Z had Lidls version of Bianco as he has a Negroni most evenings...... he is staggered by the price of Cinzano Bianco
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Re: Very drinkable and won't break the bank-your discoveries

Postby StokeySue » February 8th, 2018, 10:01 pm

Bianco in a Negroni? I use rosso (currently Morrisons) - but yes the principle is there!
Odd that although there are clones of Aperol (Lidl do one called Bitterol, it's OK but like Aperol too sugary for me) I have never found a Campari clone.
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