One of life’s eternal struggles is trying to find a cheap wine that actually tastes good. But now Lidl, which is expanding into the U.S. to great fanfare, has you covered.
The U.K. branch of the grocery store chain recently won International Wine & Spirits Competition's "Silver Outstanding" award for its Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc NV, and if you don’t think that’s a big deal, get this: It’s the same award won by Veuve Clicquot 2008 vintage Champagne.
A bottle of that Veuve Clicquot costs around $50, but this Lidl sparkling wine only costs $10, so you could stock your party pantry full of the Lidl wine without breaking the bank.
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According to the Telegraph, Lidl describes their award-winning champagne as “dry with plenty of flavor", having "integrated fizziness and a dry, lingering finish."
This particular bottle may only be available in the U.K. for now, but don’t fret. Lidl U.S. stocks a very similar wine called Los Andides Crémant de Loire. It’s the same price – just $10 dollars – and recently won a gold medal at the Indy International Wine Competition, the largest independent wine competition in the country.
Just last month, another Europe-based supermakert chain, Aldi, gained notoriety when a bottle of their $8 rosé, called the The Exquisite Collection Cotes de Provence, was named the best rosé under £8 at the International Wine Challenge’s Great Value Awards.
For now, Lidl has only opened in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, but hopefully they have plans to expand soon so everyone can test whether or not this inexpensive champagne is actually worth the hype.
Until then, the award means you should never again feel guilty about buying the cheapest wine you can get your hands on. It’s probably about to win an award.