The Lidl French wine sale kicks off in stores on March 20th. In advance of the sale I’ve picked two to try. I’ve purposely steered away from the traditional white wines such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and opted for something a little less mainstream in the form of a Muscadet and a Riesling. You can find my thoughts on the Muscadet here.
*Note: I was not asked to write about the wine by Lidl. The bottle was however sent as a review item and as a fan of Riesling I chose it personally from the French wine sale list*
Alsace is an area in the east of France bordering the west of the Rhine river in Germany. The area is noted for Riesling and produces some of the best in the world. This 2014 Alsace Grand Cru from the Engelberg region is available for a limited time in the Lidl French wine sale priced at €14.99.
This Rielsing is clean and crisp with a medium body. It has green citrus flavours like pear, grapefruit and grape. There are also some underling stone fruit flavours such as peach and apricot and a hint of sweetness to it.
In terms of what to pair it with, Riesling is known for going well with spicy foods such as Indian or Asian dishes. I was heading off on holidays and happened to have some lightly spiced Italian meats in the fridge that needed eating. They were whipped up into a meat bruschetta of sorts which wasn’t a total catastrophe. It also pairs well with cheese such as Brie and Blue cheese. Everyone’s taste is of course different and Riesling is not for everyone. I did find it to be good quality however. I’m quite fond of Riesling and if you are too, at €14.99 its certainly worth a try.