10 Of The Best Summer Wines Under £20

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From crisp whites and refreshing rosés to fruity fizz, Aldi wine expert Sam Caporn shares her top picks from the retailer’s new spring/summer collection – all under £20…

White

Blütengarten German Riesling, £4.49

Grown in the Rheinhessen area of Germany, this delicious Riesling offers aromas of honeysuckle, apples, lemon and lime, with tangy lemon sherbet acidity and an elegant, refreshing finish.

Sam says: “The apple notes in this wine make it a great match with pork dishes – try BBQ’d or pulled with a crunchy side of coleslaw.”

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Specially Selected Austrian Grüner Veltliner, £6.99

With delicate aromas of lemon peel and ripe pear, this medium-bodied white is fresh and fruity with crisp acidity and a tangy, herbal finish.

Sam says: “The Grüner's citrus acidity makes it a great match with both delicate seafood and salads, as well as lighter, less spicy Asian food dishes such as dim sum or noodle salads.”

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Greek Assyrtiko, £6.99

This acclaimed wine has notes of nectarine, pear and yellow plums that complement the flavours of fennel and bitter almonds, with a well-balanced and textured finish.

Sam says: “To match a Greek wine, my mind automatically turns to Greek food – what grows together, goes together. Enjoy some grilled squid or fried seafood such as calamari with a large Greek salad. It’ll immediately transport you to Santorini.”

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Rosé

Specially Selected Bulgarian Cabernet Grenache Rosé, £5.79

Add this blushing bottle to the ‘must-drink this summer’ list. The palate is made up of strawberries and cream, along with delicate notes of peach. A suitable refreshment for a relaxing day in the garden.

Sam says: “Grenache works well with a hint of spice, so shoppers should pair it with dishes that hit the spot in terms of both taste and tang. A succulent seared tuna steak and niçoise salad with a zingy honey-mustard dressing is a good match for this.”

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Specially Selected Coteaux de Béziers Rosé, £5.99

This is a pretty, pale pink rosé with aromas of redcurrants, raspberry pips and herbs with fresh lemon acidity – all offset by a gentle strawberry finish. 

Sam says: “Those who haven’t yet tried the classic French seafood dish bouillabaisse should do so with a glass of this rosé – a match made in heaven.”

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Specially Selected Organic Etna Rosé, £8.79

The Italians know a thing or two about producing a great tasting wine. This elegant pink rosé has notes of strawberries, hibiscus, and red cherry, resulting in an elegant, dry, stylish wine with crisp acidity. 

Sam says: “Delicate wines pair with delicate dishes. A classic Panzanella salad would suit this Italian rosé beautifully. Ripe tomatoes, crusty sourdough and extra virgin olive oil dressing are a truly complimentary combination on a warm summer’s evening.”

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Sparkling

Specially Selected Ribolla Gialla, £6.99

This Italian sparkler has pretty aromas of pear, yellow plums and honeysuckle with a fruity, frothy and flavoursome palate that is ever so slightly off-dry. The younger sibling of prosecco is finally getting its moment to shine.

Sam says: “This delicious fizz drinks like a prosecco, so it’s perfect for summer picnics – with sandwiches, quiches, Parma ham – or alternatively a Jubilee cream tea.”

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Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut, £13.99

A bestseller and highly acclaimed award-winning wine from the Champagne house Philizot & Fils, this is blended from a complex and elegant mix of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes, before being carefully aged in cellars to create its unique and beautiful taste.

Sam says: “I adore champagne as an apéritif with a simple bowl of nuts. Alternatively, antipasti or sushi go down a treat as the acidity cuts through the rich, oily flavours.”

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Winemaster's Lot Classic Cuvee Brut, £19.99

Multi-award-winning – including silver at the highly reputable International Wine Challenge – this Winemaster's Lot Classic Cuvee Brut is produced in Hampshire. A beautiful mix of the finest chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes, it’s fruity and fresh, with soft bubbles and a long, toasty finish.

Sam says: “The classic combination with English fizz is fish and chips. However, the brisk lemony acidity works as a squeeze of lemon with food, so a delicate white fish such as bream or sea bass, cooked on the BBQ with a large salad and seasonal veggies, would also be delicious.”

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Organic Prosecco Rosé, £8.49

Shoppers can expect plenty of thirst-quenching ripe pear notes, watermelon, and apricot on the palate. This is a fun and bubbly rose petal-coloured fizz, with a just off-dry cherry finish. 

Sam says: “Anyone looking for an excuse to whip up an Eton mess, now is the time. This pink fizz is amazing with a summer berry-based dessert and would perfectly complement red fruit.”

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Aldi’s full spring/summer wine range is available to buy in stores now.

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