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TV Wine Expert Hails Lidl’s £5.99 Cava as ‘Best Bargain of the Year’

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In an article by Bristol Live, a wine from Lidl has been spotlighted by Saturday Kitchen’s wine expert as the “Best bargain this year.” It’s the Arestel Cava Semi Seco, a sparkling wine that boasts a price tag of only £5.99.

During a recent episode of Saturday Kitchen, aired on BBC One on the morning of February 24, wine expert Olly Smith took to the stage to introduce a pairing for an apple dessert crafted by the London-based Ukrainian chef Olia Hercules. Smith’s selection criteria were specific. He was in search of a fizz that diverged from the typical dry varieties, leaning instead towards something with a hint of sweetness. “With a lot of baked goods, fizz is a really really good option, but not your average dry fizz, you want something that’s off-dry or a little bit sweeter,” he explained. The unveiling of the Arestel Cava Semi Seco at its modest price prompted a surprised reaction from presenter Matt Tebbutt: “Wow”.

Olly Smith’s enthusiasm for the Arestel Cava Semi Seco extends beyond its taste and price point as he predicts a bright future for cava on the whole. “I think Cava is just about to have its moment in the sun, so definitely get in there with the Spanish stuff,” he advised.

I mentioned this wine in my recent Lidl tasting.