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Top Tips for St Valentine – and more

As regular MidWeekers will know, Monday is “Recommendation Day” while the weekly Thursday posts are “Information” events.

So here are – not two but three – Top Tips that highlight wines I consider punch well above their weight for their current price.

Two of them are from the less expensive end of the latest Lidl Wine tour while the first one is special for today (unromantic souls should check the calendar).

So full speed ahead then for my latest selections with, where possible, hyperlinks to the retailer’s web site and with suitable bottle shots too.

Special for today

2020 Mabis La Carezza Pinot Nero (£7.99 – instead of £10.99 until 22 February – at Waitrose):

This pinot based Valentine rosé is a good example of the interestingly different rosés now emerging from Italy and is currently offered at a great price.

It is light, creamy and discernibly dry with subtle hints of strawberries, redcurrants, cranberry and watermelon, all stylishly packaged in a great looking bottle, and ably supported by gentle acidic freshness.

An Unfamiliar Grape

2020 Puglia Nero di Troia (£5.99 at Lidl while stocks last):

Lidl’s latest Wine Tour is well under way and contains this balanced Italian red made using an often underestimated grape – nero di troia – but earning high marks from me for value.

Medium bodied with bright fruit components, it delivers soft loganberry and red plum flavours with minimal tannin but embellished by vibrant acidity coupled with allspice, milk chocolate and vanilla influences.

Top Tip Bonus

2020 Greco di Tufo (£5.99 at Lidl while stocks last):

Speaking of Lidl’s Wine Tour, let’s put an extra item into the mix with another wine from Southern Italy, but this time a white.

It is one where (unusually) I disagree significantly with the retailer’s Master of Wine scores – which I think undervalue this wine, but see what you think.

Perfumed and rounded, it delivers lively apple, melon and orange flavours coupled with sharp grapefruit acidity and a pithy texture that adds attractive contrast.


We are back on Thursday for another round-up of information on wines on promotion from a range of High Street retailers. Hope to see you then.

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Eddie Walker

Hello Brian. You know well enough that I’ll be in Lidl on Friday 18th Feb. to take advantage of the Chianti Riserva at £4.29 saving £1.75 a bottle. (If possible I’ll go with the black label 2018 and not the yellow label 2016 that’s been around 18 months now and I think on balance has just about reached the end of its highest quality, though still very drinkable). I have a feeling that the bottles you recommend here today might have been in-store before as part of a previous World Tour, or maybe I got them abroad! If not I have certainly tried and enjoyed both grape varieties and was quite taken especially with the Nero di Troia. But as you say the evaluation by Richard Bampfield of the the Greco di Tufo at only 84points might be worth some scrutiny. This grape variety has a lot going for it as something different from the usual suspects. The thing is, Italy is a world apart from many other European producers throwing up so many, time and again, very interesting and enjoyable grapes we might not ever have tried yet. Salute Brian …

Eddie Walker

PS .. and I’ll be having both if they are in the wooden crates!!!

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