THE WINE LIST
Three worthy bottles every week – for three different budgets
CHATEAU FORT VIAUD €8.99, LIDL
A star of Lidl’s current French wine sale, this 2014 Saint Foy de Bordeaux is mainly Merlot, all red berries and smoke, deliciously savoury. It’s also remarkably cheap for what it is.
RIESLING LIEU DI PATERGARTEN €12.99, LIDL
This is not just an Alsace Riesling, but one from a specific and favoured site, and from the stellar 2015 vintage. Just off-dry with big fruit and a mineral edge.
SIERRA CANTABRIA RIOJA CRIANZA €15.95, O’BRIEN’S
With €2 off this silky Spanish red, it’s a steal and it’s a crianza that knocks spots off many reservas. Fourteen months in American and French oak yields just enough seasoning.