Three wins you should by from Aldi as expert offers top tips

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-Credit: (Image: Luke Flunder/TikTok)


The wine aisles at Aldi can be daunting - do you go for well-known brands or try out labels you've never heard of? Fear not, wine connoisseur Luke Flunder has some top tips on lesser-known bottles - including perfect options for barbecues.

While Bordeaux may echo quality, there are other wines at Aldi that could offer a more lucrative taste experience, advises Luke, who has built an impressive following on Instagram and TikTok based on his industry insights. He sets out why a Malbec should own 'a purple glow' and 'coat your mouth like a chocolate bar', pointing out specific labels that fulfil these identifiers.

Enjoyment needn't empty the wallet - none of the wines recommended by Luke exceed £10 in price. More so, he notes three specific bottles as offering incredible value, equating their potential to 'deliver more than a cargo ship'.

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On his TikTok account, Luke gives expert analysis on wines from all corners of the globe, bestowing advice on the finest, in his judgment, offerings from Aldi. He stresses that wines from famous regions do not always equate to the best value for money drinking experience.

To provide a helping hand, Luke journeyed down the Aldi aisles and made three top picks. These selections from Aldi "there are three wines from Aldi that deliver more than a cargo ship" according to Luke, all priced under £10.

His selections encompass 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."

Discussing other wines, Luke reveals what he avoids and what he seeks. His choices might surprise you.

"This is what goes through my mind when I am buying wines from somewehere 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."

"Secondly, 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. Lastly, 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 also offers tips on what to look for when buying Malbec at Aldi - or anywhere. He describes the appearance and taste people should anticipate.

Here's what he has to say about Trivento Private Reserve from Aldi: "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.."

"A good Malbec should have a purple glow to it. A good Malbec should coat your mouth like a chocolate bar."

So there you have it. Why some wines should feel like chocolate in your mouth and why price and famed regions don't always trump all.

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