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Aug 28

The Last of the Aldi Wines

By: Cresta

I finally tried the last wine that was sent to me from Aldi back in December. I was pretty skeptical as I’d never had a Chianti, but it was better than I thought it would be for $5.99.

I can’t place the aroma I experienced when I first popped the cork on the 2009 Gonfalone (Italy) Chianti. It was interesting, sort of a syrupy cherry. It didn’t taste like it smelled though. It had ripe fruit flavors and some spice. The label says it’s a full-bodied wine but I would say it’s more medium-bodied. It’s fairly dry on the tongue as well. I chilled it a while before drinking.

I went back to have another glass a couple of days later and it was “flat.” I’m assuming this was because it lacked acidity. It definitely did not taste as good as when it was first opened.

Not one of my faves but OK for the price.

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Jan 06

Did You Know That ALDI Sells Wine?

By: Cresta

A couple of weeks ago I received a special delivery. ALDI sent three bottles of wine to my doorstep. Nicely packaged in a re-usable grocery bag, each bottle in its own padded wine sleeve.

The press release that accompanied the delivery touted ALDI’s line-up of award-winning international exclusive wines, all at bargain prices.

I didn’t even know ALDI carried wine. According to the release, selections include Beverage Testing Institute 2011 World Wine Challenge Winners, Wine Spectator Best Values and Wine Enthusiast Best Buys. Here’s what I received:

  • Walker Napa Valley Red Wine from California (World Wine Challenge Winner)
  • Gonfalone Chianti from Italy (Wine Spectator Best Value)
  • Landshut Riesling from Germany (Wine Enthusiast Best Buy). This is the only one I’ve tried so far. It was a seriously sweet wine, but I was in the mood for sweet at the time. Well-balanced, vibrant acidity, a distinct peach flavor. Pretty good.

Most of ALDI’s wines are priced at $4.99 or less. I checked ALDI’s web site and only select locations carry wine – most of the Ohio stores do.  

Excellent PR idea, by the way. Great way to build awareness and word-of-mouth.

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