Wines Of The Week: 10 New Budget Wines

The rise of the German budget supermarkets Aldi and Lidl over the past few years has been phenomenal, with more and more large stores being built as both increase its share of the market at the expense of more established brands.

Currently, Aldi are fifth in the league table of UK supermarket grocery sales – which includes wines and spirits – with 7.6 per cent of the market, while, just below the Co-op, Lidl are seventh, with 5.2 per cent; both above Waitrose, but still a long way off the market leaders Tesco, with 27 per cent, and Sainsbury’s, with 15 per cent. But these have been around a long while.

During the key run-up to Christmas period, two-thirds of British consumers are estimated to have visited one or both of these newcomers and it can be fairly assumed that buying their bargain lines in wines, as well as beers and spirits, was part of that trip.

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But while the very low prices – frequently under £5 for rather generic wines from obscure labels – cannot be expected to always signal quality, there have been moves in the last couple of years by both retailers to really up their offers, with wines featuring interesting grapes and from unexplored regions.

Aldi has led the way with its Exquisite Collection wines, which has included such gems as the £8.29 Cremant Du Jura, previously recommended here and a simply fantastic bargain, with a quality far in excess of those sub £10 Proseccos in the corner shop. The Artisan range of Australian varietals was also exceptionally good quality, but at £10-16-plus also took their average prices up a good bit. Lidl has also introduced its Wine Tour ranges, which are added to the core range every few months, but then are likely to disappear without trace as soon as stocks run out.

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1/33 Britain consumes more chocolate than any other country

Most people love chocolate but it turns out no one does more than the Brits – with the average Brit found to have consumed 8.4 kg of chocolate in 2017, according to new data. Chocolate consumption around the world is on the rise, according to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), which found that in the past year alone, Easter chocolate production has risen by 23 per cent

2/33 'Easter eggs should be banned for children under four'

Dr Becky Spelman, chief psychologist at Harley Street’s Private Therapy Clinic, is calling for Easter eggs to be banned for consumption for children under the age of four, claiming that giving them the opportunity to binge on chocolate so young will give them an unhealthy relationship with food later on. "This is a nightmare situation for parents of this generation as they have no idea how to teach their children to delay their response to cravings,” she said, explaining that too many young kids binge on these chocolates because their parents don’t know how to stop them. "Once a child starts overeating behaviour at a young age it’s very hard to turn things around for them in terms of food and their eating habits moving forward, leading to obesity from at very young age," she added PA

3/33 Pineapple overtakes avocado as the UK's fastest-selling fruit

According to Tesco, pineapple has overtaken avocado as the UK’s fastest-selling fruit, with sales increasing by 15 per cent in 2017. In comparison, avocado sales rose by just under 10 per cent last year. The popular supermarket says the surge in popularity comes as shoppers buying the versatile fruit are beginning to use it as a main ingredient in everything from curries and barbecues, to juices and cocktails Getty

4/33 Healthy living makes us more inclined to binge, research suggests

Gluten-free breads, dairy-free milks and other plant-based products have been some of the most favoured foods in British supermarkets this year. However, while we’re busy filling our shopping trolleys with gluten-free goodness, we’re also jamming it with junk food and alcohol, new research suggests Getty/iStock

5/33 Marks & Spencers launches stoneless avocados

Rather than the result of genetic modification, the avocados are formed by an unpollinated avocado blossom. The fruit develops without a seed which in turns stops the growth, creating a small, seedless fruit. What’s more, the skin is actually edible, unlike a regular avocado. The flesh is much like that of a normal avocado - smooth and creamy, pale in colour and rich in flavour M&S

6/33 Office teabags contain 17 times more germs than a toilet seat, reveals study

The average bacterial reading of an office teabag was 3,785, in comparison to only 220 for a toilet seat. Other pieces of kitchen equipment also stacked up highly in their findings, with the bacterial readings averaging at 2,483 on kettle handles, 1,746 on the rim of a used mug and 1,592 on a fridge door handle Getty Images/iStockphoto

7/33 New study shows drinking more coffee leads to a longer life

There is good news and a final hope for coffee addicts and lovers. You will now be able to drink coffee for longer as new study shows its can lead to a prolonged life. Scientists showed that those who drank between two and four cups of coffee a day had 18% lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers. PA

8/33 Coke Zero is replaced with Coke Zero Sugar

Coca-Cola is pulling the plug on its Coke Zero. The much loved drink will be replaced with a ‘new improved taste’. The move, backed with a £10 million campaign, is said to come from Coca-Cola supporting people to reduce their sugar intake. Coca-Cola want people make this move while not sacrificing sugary taste of Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola

9/33 Starbucks introduce new avocado spread

The avocado craze has grown from hipster brunch restaurants to Starbucks. Starbucks have introduced their new avocado spread earlier this year and it has the internet in debate. Some argue that it not a spread but guacamole while others question if there is any avocado in there at all. When buying the new spread you can also buy an optional toasted bagel. It is a must try for all avocado connoisseurs. Starbucks

10/33 New Mars chocolate bar

The iconic British chocolate bar is about to get its partner in crime. The new bar, named Goodness Knows, will replace the gooey caramel goodness of the mars bar with oats. It is said to be more like a Florentine biscuit with a thin dark chocolate bottom. While being moderately healthy Mars says that is has ‘good intentions’. One pack has 154 calories and will sell for about 90p. Mars

11/33 Wine prices could increase because of Brexit

Wine lovers across the UK might soon have to shell out close to a quarter more for their favourite tipple after Brexit, as a weaker pound and sluggish economy takes its toll, a new study shows Rex

12/33 Chocolate may be good for the heart

A new study, published in the British Medical Journal: Heart, found that moderate chocolate intake can be positively associated with lessening the risk of the heart arrhythmia condition Atrial Fibrillation Getty Images/iStockphoto

13/33 Brits throw away 1.4 million bananas each year

British families are throwing away 1.4 million bananas that are perfectly good to eat every day at cost of £80m a year, new figures have shown PA/Armin Weigel

14/33 Rosemary sales spike over exam time

There has been a surge a surge in sales of the herb rosemary after a recent study found it helps improve memory. According to high street health food chain Holland & Barrett, sales of the herb have increased by 187 per cent compared to the same time last year Getty Images/iStockphoto

15/33 Gluten-free diets 'not recommended' for people without coeliac disease

Avoiding wheat, barley and rye in the belief that a gluten-free diet brings health benefits may do more harm than good, according to a team of US nutrition and medicine experts Getty Images/iStockphoto

16/33 Starbucks launches two new coffee-based drinks

Starbucks is launching two new coffee-based drinks in the UK, as it strives to tap into consumers’ growing appetite for healthy beverages. The Cold Brew Vanilla sweet cream and the Cappuccino Freddo, will both be available in stores throughout the UK from the start of May Twitter/@SbuxCountyHall

17/33 Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Tiffin is making a permanent comeback after 80 years

The Cadbury Dairy Milk Tiffin, first produced in 1937, is making a permanent comeback to the UK. The raisin and biscuit-filled chocolate bar is being launched after a successful trial last summer saw 3 million chocolate treats – at the cost of £1.49 for each 95g bar- purchased by nostalgic customers Cadburys

18/33 Pizza restaurant makes ‘world’s cheesiest’

'Scottie's Pizza Parlor' in Portland Oregon has created the world’s cheesiest pizza using a total of 101 different cheese varieties. Facebook/Scottie's Pizza Parlor

19/33 A pizza joint in Portland Oregon has created the world’s cheesiest pizza using a total of 101 different cheese varieties. Why not eating before a workout could be better for your health

A study published in the American Journal of Physiology by researchers at the University of Bath found you might be likely to burn more fat if you have not eaten first Getty Images/iStockphoto

20/33 New York restaurant named best in the world

A New York restaurant where an average meal for two will cost $700 has been named the best in the world. Eleven Madison Park won the accolade for the first time after debuting on the list at number 50 in 2010. The restaurant was praised for a fun sense of fine-dining, “blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room” Getty Images

21/33 Why you crave bad food when you’re tired

Researchers at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago recently presented their results of a study looking into the effects of sleep deprivation upon high-calorific food consumption. Researchers found that those who were sleep-deprived had “specifically enhanced” brain activity to the food smells compared to when they had a good night’s sleep Shutterstock

22/33 Drinking wine engages more of your brain than solving maths problems

Drinking wine is the ideal workout for your brain, engaging more parts of our grey matter than any other human behaviour, according to a leading neuroscientist. Dr Gordon Shepherd, from the Yale School of Medicine, said sniffing and analysing a wine before drinking it requires “exquisite control of one of the biggest muscles in the body” Getty Images/iStockphoto

23/33 British dessert eating surges after people ditch healthy eating in February

: In heartening news for anyone feeling guilty about quitting their New Year diet, it seems lots of us have given in to our sweet tooths once again. New data from nationwide food-delivery service Deliveroo reveals there was a surge in Brits ordering desserts in February compared to the first month of 2017 Getty Images/iStockphoto

24/33 US congress debates definition of milk alternatives

A new bill has been created that seeks to ban dairy alternatives from using the term ‘milk’. Titled the DAIRY PRIDE Act, the name is a tenuous acronym for ‘defending against imitations and replacements of yogurt, milk, and cheese to promote regular intake of dairy every day’. It argues that the dairy industry is struggling as a result of all the dairy-free alternatives on the market and the public are being duped too Getty Images

25/33 Cadbury’s launches two new chocolate bars

UK confectionary giant Cadbury has launched two new chocolate bars, hoping to lure those with a sweet tooth and perhaps help combat some of the challenges it faces from rising commodity prices and a post-Brexit slump in the value of the pound.The company’s new products will be peanut butter and mint flavoured. They will be available in most major super markets as 120g bars, priced at £1.49, according to the company Cadburys

26/33 You can now get a job as a professional chocolate eater

The company responsible for some of your favourite chocolate brands – think Cadbury, Milks, Prince and Oreo – have officially announced an opening to join their team as a professional chocolate taster. The successful candidate will help them to test, perfect and launch new products all over the world. Getty Images/iStockphoto

27/33 MSG additive used in Chinese food is actually good for you, scientist claims

For years, we’ve been told MSG (the sodium salt of glutamic acid) - often associated with cheap Chinese takeaways - is awful for our health and to be avoided at all costs. But one scientist argues it should be used as a “supersalt” and encourages adding it to food. Getty Images/iStockphoto

28/33 Lettuce prices are rising

Not only are lettuces becoming an increasingly rare commodity in supermarkets, but prices for the leafy vegetables seem to be rising too. According to the weekly report from the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, a pair of Little Gem lettuces had an average market price of £0.86 in the week that ended on Friday, up from an average of £0.56 in the previous week – that’s an almost 54 per cent increase. Getty Images

29/33 Food School

Kids celebrate Food School graduation with James Martin – a campaign launched by Asda to educate young people on where food comes from. New research has revealed that children across the UK just aren’t stepping up to the plate when it comes to simple facts about the food they eat – with almost half of children under eight not knowing that eggs come from chickens RichardCrease/BNPS

30/33 ‘Do-It-Yourself’ restaurant

To encourage more people to cook and eat together, IKEA has launched The Dining Club in Shoreditch – a fully immersive ‘Do-It-Yourself’ restaurant . Members of the public can book to host a brunch, lunch or dinner party for up to 20 friends and family. Supported by their very own sous chef and maître de, the host and their guests will orchestrate an intimate dining experience where cooking together is celebrated and eating together is inspirational Mikael Buck / IKEA

31/33 Ping Pong menu with a twist

Gatwick Airport has teamed up with London dim sum restaurant Ping Pong to create a limited edition menu with a distinctly British twist; including a Full English Bao and Beef Wellington Puff, to celebrate the launch of the airport’s new route to Hong Kong

32/33 Zizzi unveil the Ma’amgharita

Unique pizza art has been created by Zizzi in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. The pizza features the queen in an iconic pose illustrated with fresh and tasty Italian ingredients on a backdrop of the Union Jack

33/33 Blue potatoes make a comeback

Blue potatoes, once a staple part of British potato crops, are back on the menu thanks to a Cambridge scientist turned-organic farmer and Farmdrop, an online marketplace that lets people buy direct from local farms. Cambridge PhD graduate-turned farmer, Adrian Izzard has used traditional growing techniques at Wild Country Organics to produce the colourful spuds, packed with healthy cell-protecting anthocyanin, which had previously disappeared from UK plates when post-war farmers were pushed towards higher-yielding varieties
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1/33 Britain consumes more chocolate than any other country

Most people love chocolate but it turns out no one does more than the Brits – with the average Brit found to have consumed 8.4 kg of chocolate in 2017, according to new data. Chocolate consumption around the world is on the rise, according to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), which found that in the past year alone, Easter chocolate production has risen by 23 per cent

2/33 'Easter eggs should be banned for children under four'

Dr Becky Spelman, chief psychologist at Harley Street’s Private Therapy Clinic, is calling for Easter eggs to be banned for consumption for children under the age of four, claiming that giving them the opportunity to binge on chocolate so young will give them an unhealthy relationship with food later on. "This is a nightmare situation for parents of this generation as they have no idea how to teach their children to delay their response to cravings,” she said, explaining that too many young kids binge on these chocolates because their parents don’t know how to stop them. "Once a child starts overeating behaviour at a young age it’s very hard to turn things around for them in terms of food and their eating habits moving forward, leading to obesity from at very young age," she added PA

3/33 Pineapple overtakes avocado as the UK's fastest-selling fruit

According to Tesco, pineapple has overtaken avocado as the UK’s fastest-selling fruit, with sales increasing by 15 per cent in 2017. In comparison, avocado sales rose by just under 10 per cent last year. The popular supermarket says the surge in popularity comes as shoppers buying the versatile fruit are beginning to use it as a main ingredient in everything from curries and barbecues, to juices and cocktails Getty

4/33 Healthy living makes us more inclined to binge, research suggests

Gluten-free breads, dairy-free milks and other plant-based products have been some of the most favoured foods in British supermarkets this year. However, while we’re busy filling our shopping trolleys with gluten-free goodness, we’re also jamming it with junk food and alcohol, new research suggests Getty/iStock
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5/33 Marks & Spencers launches stoneless avocados

Rather than the result of genetic modification, the avocados are formed by an unpollinated avocado blossom. The fruit develops without a seed which in turns stops the growth, creating a small, seedless fruit. What’s more, the skin is actually edible, unlike a regular avocado. The flesh is much like that of a normal avocado - smooth and creamy, pale in colour and rich in flavour M&S

6/33 Office teabags contain 17 times more germs than a toilet seat, reveals study

The average bacterial reading of an office teabag was 3,785, in comparison to only 220 for a toilet seat. Other pieces of kitchen equipment also stacked up highly in their findings, with the bacterial readings averaging at 2,483 on kettle handles, 1,746 on the rim of a used mug and 1,592 on a fridge door handle Getty Images/iStockphoto

7/33 New study shows drinking more coffee leads to a longer life

There is good news and a final hope for coffee addicts and lovers. You will now be able to drink coffee for longer as new study shows its can lead to a prolonged life. Scientists showed that those who drank between two and four cups of coffee a day had 18% lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers. PA

8/33 Coke Zero is replaced with Coke Zero Sugar

Coca-Cola is pulling the plug on its Coke Zero. The much loved drink will be replaced with a ‘new improved taste’. The move, backed with a £10 million campaign, is said to come from Coca-Cola supporting people to reduce their sugar intake. Coca-Cola want people make this move while not sacrificing sugary taste of Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola
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9/33 Starbucks introduce new avocado spread

The avocado craze has grown from hipster brunch restaurants to Starbucks. Starbucks have introduced their new avocado spread earlier this year and it has the internet in debate. Some argue that it not a spread but guacamole while others question if there is any avocado in there at all. When buying the new spread you can also buy an optional toasted bagel. It is a must try for all avocado connoisseurs. Starbucks

10/33 New Mars chocolate bar

The iconic British chocolate bar is about to get its partner in crime. The new bar, named Goodness Knows, will replace the gooey caramel goodness of the mars bar with oats. It is said to be more like a Florentine biscuit with a thin dark chocolate bottom. While being moderately healthy Mars says that is has ‘good intentions’. One pack has 154 calories and will sell for about 90p. Mars

11/33 Wine prices could increase because of Brexit

Wine lovers across the UK might soon have to shell out close to a quarter more for their favourite tipple after Brexit, as a weaker pound and sluggish economy takes its toll, a new study shows Rex

12/33 Chocolate may be good for the heart

A new study, published in the British Medical Journal: Heart, found that moderate chocolate intake can be positively associated with lessening the risk of the heart arrhythmia condition Atrial Fibrillation Getty Images/iStockphoto
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13/33 Brits throw away 1.4 million bananas each year

British families are throwing away 1.4 million bananas that are perfectly good to eat every day at cost of £80m a year, new figures have shown PA/Armin Weigel

14/33 Rosemary sales spike over exam time

There has been a surge a surge in sales of the herb rosemary after a recent study found it helps improve memory. According to high street health food chain Holland & Barrett, sales of the herb have increased by 187 per cent compared to the same time last year Getty Images/iStockphoto

15/33 Gluten-free diets 'not recommended' for people without coeliac disease

Avoiding wheat, barley and rye in the belief that a gluten-free diet brings health benefits may do more harm than good, according to a team of US nutrition and medicine experts Getty Images/iStockphoto

16/33 Starbucks launches two new coffee-based drinks

Starbucks is launching two new coffee-based drinks in the UK, as it strives to tap into consumers’ growing appetite for healthy beverages. The Cold Brew Vanilla sweet cream and the Cappuccino Freddo, will both be available in stores throughout the UK from the start of May Twitter/@SbuxCountyHall
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17/33 Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Tiffin is making a permanent comeback after 80 years

The Cadbury Dairy Milk Tiffin, first produced in 1937, is making a permanent comeback to the UK. The raisin and biscuit-filled chocolate bar is being launched after a successful trial last summer saw 3 million chocolate treats – at the cost of £1.49 for each 95g bar- purchased by nostalgic customers Cadburys

18/33 Pizza restaurant makes ‘world’s cheesiest’

'Scottie's Pizza Parlor' in Portland Oregon has created the world’s cheesiest pizza using a total of 101 different cheese varieties. Facebook/Scottie's Pizza Parlor

19/33 A pizza joint in Portland Oregon has created the world’s cheesiest pizza using a total of 101 different cheese varieties. Why not eating before a workout could be better for your health

A study published in the American Journal of Physiology by researchers at the University of Bath found you might be likely to burn more fat if you have not eaten first Getty Images/iStockphoto

20/33 New York restaurant named best in the world

A New York restaurant where an average meal for two will cost $700 has been named the best in the world. Eleven Madison Park won the accolade for the first time after debuting on the list at number 50 in 2010. The restaurant was praised for a fun sense of fine-dining, “blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room” Getty Images
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21/33 Why you crave bad food when you’re tired

Researchers at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago recently presented their results of a study looking into the effects of sleep deprivation upon high-calorific food consumption. Researchers found that those who were sleep-deprived had “specifically enhanced” brain activity to the food smells compared to when they had a good night’s sleep Shutterstock

22/33 Drinking wine engages more of your brain than solving maths problems

Drinking wine is the ideal workout for your brain, engaging more parts of our grey matter than any other human behaviour, according to a leading neuroscientist. Dr Gordon Shepherd, from the Yale School of Medicine, said sniffing and analysing a wine before drinking it requires “exquisite control of one of the biggest muscles in the body” Getty Images/iStockphoto

23/33 British dessert eating surges after people ditch healthy eating in February

: In heartening news for anyone feeling guilty about quitting their New Year diet, it seems lots of us have given in to our sweet tooths once again. New data from nationwide food-delivery service Deliveroo reveals there was a surge in Brits ordering desserts in February compared to the first month of 2017 Getty Images/iStockphoto

24/33 US congress debates definition of milk alternatives

A new bill has been created that seeks to ban dairy alternatives from using the term ‘milk’. Titled the DAIRY PRIDE Act, the name is a tenuous acronym for ‘defending against imitations and replacements of yogurt, milk, and cheese to promote regular intake of dairy every day’. It argues that the dairy industry is struggling as a result of all the dairy-free alternatives on the market and the public are being duped too Getty Images
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25/33 Cadbury’s launches two new chocolate bars

UK confectionary giant Cadbury has launched two new chocolate bars, hoping to lure those with a sweet tooth and perhaps help combat some of the challenges it faces from rising commodity prices and a post-Brexit slump in the value of the pound.The company’s new products will be peanut butter and mint flavoured. They will be available in most major super markets as 120g bars, priced at £1.49, according to the company Cadburys

26/33 You can now get a job as a professional chocolate eater

The company responsible for some of your favourite chocolate brands – think Cadbury, Milks, Prince and Oreo – have officially announced an opening to join their team as a professional chocolate taster. The successful candidate will help them to test, perfect and launch new products all over the world. Getty Images/iStockphoto

27/33 MSG additive used in Chinese food is actually good for you, scientist claims

For years, we’ve been told MSG (the sodium salt of glutamic acid) - often associated with cheap Chinese takeaways - is awful for our health and to be avoided at all costs. But one scientist argues it should be used as a “supersalt” and encourages adding it to food. Getty Images/iStockphoto

28/33 Lettuce prices are rising

Not only are lettuces becoming an increasingly rare commodity in supermarkets, but prices for the leafy vegetables seem to be rising too. According to the weekly report from the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, a pair of Little Gem lettuces had an average market price of £0.86 in the week that ended on Friday, up from an average of £0.56 in the previous week – that’s an almost 54 per cent increase. Getty Images
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29/33 Food School

Kids celebrate Food School graduation with James Martin – a campaign launched by Asda to educate young people on where food comes from. New research has revealed that children across the UK just aren’t stepping up to the plate when it comes to simple facts about the food they eat – with almost half of children under eight not knowing that eggs come from chickens RichardCrease/BNPS

30/33 ‘Do-It-Yourself’ restaurant

To encourage more people to cook and eat together, IKEA has launched The Dining Club in Shoreditch – a fully immersive ‘Do-It-Yourself’ restaurant . Members of the public can book to host a brunch, lunch or dinner party for up to 20 friends and family. Supported by their very own sous chef and maître de, the host and their guests will orchestrate an intimate dining experience where cooking together is celebrated and eating together is inspirational Mikael Buck / IKEA

31/33 Ping Pong menu with a twist

Gatwick Airport has teamed up with London dim sum restaurant Ping Pong to create a limited edition menu with a distinctly British twist; including a Full English Bao and Beef Wellington Puff, to celebrate the launch of the airport’s new route to Hong Kong

32/33 Zizzi unveil the Ma’amgharita

Unique pizza art has been created by Zizzi in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. The pizza features the queen in an iconic pose illustrated with fresh and tasty Italian ingredients on a backdrop of the Union Jack
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33/33 Blue potatoes make a comeback

Blue potatoes, once a staple part of British potato crops, are back on the menu thanks to a Cambridge scientist turned-organic farmer and Farmdrop, an online marketplace that lets people buy direct from local farms. Cambridge PhD graduate-turned farmer, Adrian Izzard has used traditional growing techniques at Wild Country Organics to produce the colourful spuds, packed with healthy cell-protecting anthocyanin, which had previously disappeared from UK plates when post-war farmers were pushed towards higher-yielding varieties

So, here are some new wines due this spring from both retailers, with the warning that if you don’t act fast, you might miss them from the shelves… but if you do, you might just get yourself a serious bargain. And at these prices, buying a couple of bottles just to see what’s on offer is not really going to break the bank.

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Firstly then to Aldi’s new wines, most of which are in their shops and online from Monday. Look out for a pair of terrific sparklers, the

Castellore Organico Sparkling Grillo NV (£6.99) and

Castellore Organico Sparkling Rose (£7.99), the former made from the indigenous Sicilian grape that also produces excellent whites and the latter from a blend of another local white grape, glera and pinot noir – both are fabulously refreshing and enlivening celebration or party wines at ridiculously good prices. And a bottle of either is the best way of washing down a humble fish and chips.

Over in Portugal, Aldi have sourced a white made from another lesser known indigenous grape, avesso, in the

Wine Foundry Avesso 2018 (£6.49) from the Vinho Verde region, which some have tipped as the next big thing in white grapes – it’s an approachable quaffer, certainly, but has a nice lemony, richer edge, showing real character. Great with simple seafood dishes, such as a plate of grilled sardines.

The Exquisite Collection range now also boasts its first English white wine, the

Lyme Block English Wine 2018 (£9.99), a crisp and fulsome blend mainly of bacchus and pinot blanc, made for them by the respected Lyme Bay winery in Devon. It may seem more expensive than most Aldi wines, but English whites do attract a premium, so this is definitely good value – one for more special seafood dishes and would not disgrace a plate of English oysters.

Now for a couple of reds:

The Toro Loco Bobal Merlot

(£4.89) from the slightly obscure Utiel-Requena region near Valencia is a gutsy, barbecue-friendly red made from the local juicy bobal grape and given depth with some merlot – ideal to be guzzled out of tumblers in the garden when we, eventually get some warm evenings. And lastly a juicy, characterful Malbec, the

Don Tomas Argentinian Estate Malbec 2018 (£7.99), again barbecue-friendly or to be drunk indoors with any roast or grilled meats, particularly steak.

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And there is now serious competition from Lidl in their spring Wine Tour range, which is available in stores and online from 28 March. Firstly, a really appealing, distinctive organic Rioja white

Dominio Laertes 2017 (£5.99), a blend of 50 per cent viura with some sauvignon blanc and the obscure, indigenous, maturana blanca grape. A smoky, full-bodied but refreshing wine that seems to be more than the sum of its parts; great with fish, salads or lighter, white meat dishes.

From Puglia in southern Italy, one of the best value new wine regions, comes the

Selone Negroamaro 2017 (£5.69), a rich, inky, red, with lots of tarry, rustic, dark fruit flavours: one for robust meat dishes, baked pasta and slivers of aged Parmesan. Ridiculous value for the price.

And the

Bernard Magrez Jamais Renoncer Cotes Du Rousillon 2017 (£5.99) is a smooth, warming, typical southern French blend of carignan, grenache and syrah, bearing the name of one of Bordeaux’s big players as a sign of quality that’s not really needed. An excellent wine for all Mediterranean foods.

Finally, a dessert wine: Hungarian Tokaj is one of the world’s great sweet wines and can command premium prices. Lidl’s

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okaji

Szamorodni Béres 2016, (£6.99 for a half-litre bottle) may not be the most refined example of Tokaj but at that price, it’s a gorgeously sticky, apricot-and-honey-flavoured accompaniment to any pudding or cake.

Source : https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/wines-of-the-week-budget-aldi-lidl-a8821121.html

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