Why You Should Be Shopping Aldi’s Wine Aisle
The Germany-based grocer proves that inexpensive wine can still be award-worthy.
If you’re a wine aficionado, you might not think to shop at Aldi for a bottle worthy of your next dinner party—but you might want to start.
2017 was a big year for Aldi, which currently operates more than 1,300 stores in the U.S. Shoppers can’t seem to get enough of the grocer’s super affordable private label offerings, an innovative and ever-changing product selection, a jump into delivery services, and rock-bottom prices.
Last year, Aldi racked up laurels from many different organizations—and, surprisingly, many awards came from the wine industry.
The retailer collected over 35 awards for their private-label wines from industry authorities such as the Beverage Testing Institute and Chefs of America—including five gold medals in the “Best Buy” category for their moscato, malbec, pinot noir, zinfandel, and brut sparkling wine.
Aldi’s Sargent Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon was also rated as a “Highly Recommend” product at the San Diego International Wine and Spirits Challenge.
And it’s not just wine pros that rave about the grocer’s wine—consumers seem to love it, too. Aldi’s Broken Clouds Pinot Noir was designated as the 2017 Product of the Year by over 40,000 shoppers who voted for the medium, dry red wine with an “allspice” finish. The best part? The bottle retails for just $12.99.
This article originally appeared on CookingLight.com.