Seriously though, in our local bar, substandard wine was offered in substandard glassware, served without a smile, and in fact, without any clue about how to serve a customer.
When asked which was the "least bad wine" I was offered Pinot Grgio! Or the pink PG.
Most would at least have asked red or white, surely?
After half a Guinness, I felt brave enough to try the Pinot Noir Vin de France. Wine like this is why I stopped going out.
So, Friday night and all, we came home.
Before Tesco slashed their list, the entry level Altos de Tamaron was available for the same price. I believe that the current Finest Ribera del Duero (£7) is made by the same winemaker.
As a Reserva, this has had 24 months in French and American oak, and a further year of bottle ageing (minimum, as we're now drinking the 2010). The result is a vanilla scented, smooth and darkly fruited wine which seriously impressed Mr Purple Teeth.
If you enjoy medium to full bodied reds with plenty of acidity and smooth tannin, you'll find it hard to get anything at this price point which delivers the same complexity.
I'll definitely buy it again, as the only way I can get this type of wine at this price otherwise is to go to Spain.
Snob, me? No. Discerning yes.
Get thee to Lidl and bag a bargain. You won't be disappointed. (Unless they've sold out!)