Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Posted 14th Sep 2017

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Lidl takes the low road
by Tim Atkin

Posted 14th Sep 2017

It was a familiar scenario. Offer Brits what seems like a bargain and they’ll form orderly queues at 6.30am on a Bank Holiday Monday. To be fair to those early morning Lidl shoppers, it looked like a spectacular deal: a case of Prosecco for the flute-clinking sum of £20, the equivalent of £3.33 a bottle. When you bear in mind that the duty and VAT amount to £3.2279, it would be legally impossible to offer the wine any cheaper. Can Lidl’s “Super Weekend” be seen as a success? It depends on who you ask. Most stores only had 20 cases and ran out within minutes, leaving a lot of frustrated customers outside. One Twitter user reported a “near fight” in Huddersfield; others commented on the unseemly dash to get to the...

Wine of the Week

2016 Rezabal Txakoli, Getariako Txakolina

(£12.99, 10.5%, Winetraders UK)

Frothy, zesty and refreshing, this is everything you'd expect from a white from so-called green Spain, with notes of lime and citrus peel, bracing acidity and a salty, mineral-edged finish. A wine that you just have to dirnk by the bottle. 

90 points

 

About Tim

I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine WineGourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, Robb Report and Woman and Home and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.

Awards and recognition

Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year 2011 and the Born Digital Award for Best Editorial ContentThis site is the winner of the 2014 Fortnum & Mason Online Drink Writer of the Year, the 2014 Louis Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award, the 2013 and 2011 Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year and the 2011 Born Digital Awards for Best Editorial Content.

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