Top drinks supplier changes and partnerships: February

Aldi x Vicente Gandía Grandes Vinos

UK discounter Aldi has partnered with Spanish producer Vicente Gandía Grandes Vino to launch a sparkling Chardonnay-saké blend, a low-alcohol tipple that it claims is first of its kind on the UK market.

The Sandara Chardonnay- saké is a blend of Chardonnay from Valencia and traditional rice wine from Japan, which Aldi claims taps into the growing trend for Japanese flavours in the UK.

The retailer claims it is the “perfect introductory drink for those looking to explore the Oriental, the innovative and the unusual”, which is ideally paired with Asian, or Asian-fusion food, and drunk as a light aperitif .

Clocking in with an ABV of 5.5% (RRP: £2.79), the hybrid wine is also targeting the health conscious consumer as the demand for no- and low-alcohol continues to grow.

Aldi UK’s managing director of buying Julie Ashfiel commented: “Our wine buyers are committed to offering Aldi shoppers the very latest in wine innovation, and this Chardonnay-saké is no exception. Combining Mediterranean wine making with a Far East tradition, this trend-setting sparkling wine is the first of its kind, and we’re thrilled to be the first UK supermarket to stock this on our shelves.

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