LIDL has entered the US market with stores opening last month in Virginia and the Carolinas. My neighborhood LIDL is still under construction but another store is open in another part of Greenville. Since LIDL is promoting their wine collection, I decided to cross town and try some of their wines.
I brought home several bottles, but we were having salmon and I thought that would pair well with Chardonnay. My selection was the Even Keel Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. I chose this wine because the coast region of Sonoma County is great for growing cool climate grapes and it is home to many of my favorite Chardonnays.
Immediately, I noticed the pale color of the wine. This signaled that this was probably a lighter Chardonnay. The wine is crisp, but not overly acidic and there are flavors of melon, apple and peach. My guess is that the wine is aged in at least some old oak which gives it a light creamy texture. The wine hits right in the groove for me - not too acidic and not too oaky. The wine has 13.5% alcohol and costs $8.99.
LIDL is off to a good start with me and I will post how the other bottles turn out.