As if there aren’t enough reasons to love Lidl, this news just proved it’s one of the best destinations for cheap, good wine. Lidl UK has won the International Wine & Spirits Competition’s “Silver Outstanding” award for its Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc NV — the same award won by Veuve Clicquot 2008 vintage Champagne and nearly 40 other Champagnes at this year’s judging, according to a Lidl spokesperson. That particular Veuve Clicquot vintage sells for around £50 ($63) at other retailers, which is over six times more expensive than the Lidl sparkling wine, which costs £8 ($10) in Lidl stores. That’s about six times less expensive for a bottle that won the same award; excuse us while we add 20 bottles to our cart.
While you may not be that excited about this UK-only wine, don’t worry — there’s similar news for US shoppers, too. Lidl US has a similar wine called Los Andides Crémant de Loire, which is sold in stores for just $10 and recently won a gold medal at the Indy International Wine Competition, the largest independent and scientific wine competition in the nation. Crémant, usually a gently fizzy, less-bubbly Champagne, is perfect for sipping on a Summer day or for mixing in Champagne cocktails. Lidl UK sells on average 10,000 bottles of Crémant de Bourgogne a month, so it must be good.
In case you missed it, Lidl, which is similar to Aldi, will finally arrive stateside in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia this Summer. Among other budget-friendly grocery staples, this wine is one you’ll want to keep an eye out for.