Aldi shoppers should look out for three red wines under £10, expert says

Wine expert Luke Flunder
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If you're browsing the wine section at Aldi and can't decide between a well-known brand or a lesser-known label, wine connoisseur Luke Flunder has some top tips for you. He's got some great recommendations for wines that are perfect for barbecues.

While Bordeaux might be synonymous with quality, Luke suggests there are other wines at Aldi that could offer better value for money. With his extensive experience in wine tasting and a large following on Instagram and TikTok, he knows his stuff. He explains why a good Malbec should have "a purple glow" and "coat your mouth like a chocolate bar", and points out which ones do just that.

You don't need to splash out either. None of the wines Luke recommends cost more than £10, and three of them "deliver more than a cargo ship." In his TikTok videos, Luke reviews a variety of wines from around the world and offers advice on the best picks from Aldi, according to his taste. He points out that just because a wine comes from a famous region doesn't necessarily mean it's the best value for money, WalesOnline reports.

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Luke has shared his top picks from Aldi's wine selection. He says "there are three wines from Aldi that deliver more than a cargo ship" and they're all under £10. These include the Specially Selected Ventoux Rouge (£8.49), Animus Douro Reserva (£6.99), and Primitivo di Manduria (£9.99).

The wine enthusiast shared his thoughts on the wines: "Ventoux is from a region not far from Chateauneuf-du-Pape and has similar qualities. Bang it with your burger. Animus Douro Reserva is plump and ripe. Primitivo di Manduria has a slightly sweet edge that's going to bring out all that butane burner's goodness."

Luke then moved on to discuss other wines, explaining what he avoids and what he looks for when buying. His approach might surprise you.

"This is what goes through my mind when I am buying wines from somewhere like Aldi," says Luke, holding up a bottle of Bordeaux.

"I avoid low priced wines from big, notorious regions, They are just going to be very generic, in my opinion. So, instead I am looking at wines from regions not we associate with value, but the higher priced option. So this Primitivo di Manduria (£9.99) fits the bill for that exactly.

"Number two, I am going for grapes or regions I have never heard of before, because I think the wine buyers are going to pay a bit more attention to details to make those choices work. Finally I am going for grapes that aren't associated with that country or region.... you are thinking again that the wine buyer has had to choose that extra carefully."

Luke has a few pointers for those shopping at Aldi and considering a bottle of Trivento Private Reserve. He says, "Does it have a purple glow to it? Unfortunately not. Does it coat your mouth like a chocolate bar? It does more than the normal Trivento but really lacking in body.."

Musing about the qualities one should look for in a Malbec, he adds: "A good Malbec should have a purple glow to it. A good Malbec should coat your mouth like a chocolate bar."

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