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Lidl Orvieto Classico 2008

Retailer: Lidl Closure: PLASTIC CORK ABV: 12% Price: £2.98 (Special Offer) This pale straw coloured Orvieto Classico is indeed a classic Italian wine. I first encountered Orvieto as my Italian friend Doriano used to drink it and serve it in his restaurant. On putting my nose to the glass and inhaling deeply, immediately got the scent of pears, maybe even tinned pears! There is a delicate, light bouquet, and it has a light but mellow flavour with a pleasantly bitter after taste of tart green apples.
Posted 04th January 2010        
     

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Retailer: Lidl
Closure: PLASTIC CORK
ABV: 12%
Price: £2.98 (Special Offer)

This pale straw coloured Orvieto Classico is indeed a classic Italian wine. I first encountered Orvieto as my Italian friend Doriano used to drink it and serve it in his restaurant.

On putting my nose to the glass and inhaling deeply, immediately got the scent of pears, maybe even tinned pears! There is a delicate, light bouquet, and it has a light but mellow flavour with a pleasantly bitter after taste of tart green apples.

I have to say I bought 10 bottles hoping that it was a good deal and I do declare it was, for the price.

I had it with anti-pasta but I would imagine it to go well with appetizers, soups, cheeses, white meats, fish and truffled dishes. I would doubt if it would stand up to really strong flavoured foods.

The label on the back was difficult to read with such small writing even with my spectacles on. On the front the words highlighted below were on the label and there was also a seal on the top.

Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC): guarantees that only grapes from the region of provenance have been used to make the wine. The DOC seal also guarantees that a series of regulations laid down by the Italian Agriculture Ministry have been followed in the growing and fermenting processes.

I would recommend a quick trip to Lidl while it is on offer and buy a few bottles as it is not often you can get a slurping wine for under £3.

     

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Julie & Neil Swift
We are both 51 years of age and have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.