Dec 162011
 
Aldi WineDid you ever try any of the Aldi Wine, the Aldi cheese or perhaps some of their spectacular Aldi chocolate? Preparing and shopping for the holidays can be stressful, especially if you will be hosting a holiday party, but now Aldi makes hosting easier for everyone.
I am a big believer in home cooking, but I have also discovered that with three boys in the house, hosting a party of any size can be extremely stressful. However, I recently discovered that purchasing high-quality foods for a party does not have to be more expensive than doing all the cooking myself.
Thanks to Aldi I can now be the hostess I want to be, and I no longer have to stress about the food or worry about the cost. With a budget of around $50, it is possible to treat your guests to the most delicious, high-quality treats, food and drinks from Aldi. From great-tasting, award-winning wine, to high-quality cheeses and decadent desserts, Aldi has it at an affordable price that is fit for any budget.
For my family’s holiday party I needed a little bit of everything, but a big part of my budget was allocated to purchasing wine. I was able to cut 25 – 30 percent off the wine cost, by trying out Aldi’s award-winning wines for the first time. When I was looking over the wines, and trying to find the wines I needed, another Aldi customer came by to pick up 8 bottles of her favorite Aldi wine – the Chata Moscato from South Africa. This wine won a silver medal, and the customer highly recommended it. The wine she chose costs 2.69 per bottle, but I spent a little extra, although I might have to try the recommended wine next time.
I also needed items for a cheese table including a spiral ham and crackers for appetizers, and I was surprised to see what a great collection that Aldi had.
The desserts were easy to find, and although Aldi had already sold out of the cheese cake sampler I had initially planned on getting, I easily found replacements. With the help and recommendations from other Aldi customers, I ended up choosing the Belmont Turtle Pie as the main dessert ingredient, and as extras I bought decadent truffles, cream puffs and eclairs.My $50 Aldi Grocery List:

  • Landshut Riesling
  • Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio
  • Gonfalone Chianti
  • Walker Napa Valley Red Wine
  • edenVale Creamy Havarti Cheese
  • edenVale Honey Goat Cheese
  • Appleton Farms Boneless Sliced Ham
  • Savoritz 6 Cracker Assortment
  • Belmont Turtle Pie
  • Grandessa Signature Mini Eclairs
  • Grandessa Signature Cream Puffs
  • Choceur Cocoa Dusted Truffles
Landshut Riesling Aldi

The Aldi Wine: 

Landshut Riesling (Germany) $4.99
I have always been a fan of German wine, and for my wedding we actually served Riesling from Germany, so I was eager to see how the Landshut Riesling from Aldi measured up. It met my expectations, and I can definitely understand why the Landshut Riesling won the silver medal at the Beverage Testing Institute 2011 World Wine Challenges.
The Landshut Riesling is a very versatile wine that can used for many dishes. It was a perfect fit with the Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Ham, and it was well-liked by everyone.

Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio

The Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio (Italy) $4.99

The Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio is my favorite wine from our holiday feast, and this white wine will definitely find its way back to my dinner table again and again. It is a dry white wine, with a mild and light taste that works excellent with the mild cheese we served at our holiday feast.

Gonfalone Chianti AldiThe Gonfalone Chianti (Italy): $5.99
This red wine has a deep red color, has a dry full-body flavor and it is great for pasta, roasted meats, pizza and ripe cheeses.The Gonfalone Chiati also worked well with the chocolate at the dessert table.




 

Aldi Napa Wine

The Walker Napa Valley Red Wine (California) $7.99
This red wine recently won the silver medal at the 2011 World Wine Challenge with 88 points. It is a full-bodied red wine, which is dry with a deep ruby color. This red wine is great for barbeque or pasta dishes, but it also worked well with the cheese ensemble, and it was a great complement to the dessert table especially the Choceur Truffles.

Aldi Cheese


The Aldi Cheese Table:

Appetizers:
The edenVale Creamy Havarti Cheese: Price $2.99 for 8 oz
I was very interested to see if the edenVale Creamy Havarti cheese would live up to it’s claim of being a Danish-style cheese, but it sure did. I have not had Havarti cheese like this, since my last visit to Denmark, and I know that I am going to have to keep this in stock for when my dad flies in to visit. On my dad’s last visits he has been buying expensive $8 Havarti cheeses at my local grocery store, because he simply could not live without his cheese. Aldi sells the Havarit cheese for $2.99 for 8 oz, which is a much better price.
The edenVale Creamy Havarti cheese is fresh, creamy and mild, it has the perfect Havarti cheese flavor, and I was positively surprised. I never really understood why my dad needed to have cheese on his bread every day, but I will admit that I am now hooked. The edenVale Creamy Havarti cheese is perfect on crackers, and it was a hit at my holiday party. I considered getting two EdenVale creamy Havarti cheese, and next time I will definitely have to purchase extra, as we quickly ran out.This is the first cheese that my own kids actually wants to eat, which is a great plus and thumbs up to the Aldi brand.

The edenVale Honey Goat Cheese: $1.99 for 4 oz

The edenVale Honey Goat Cheese is a great item for appetizers or a cheese platter, and although it is a bit too sweet for my personal taste, it is a high-quality goat cheese.
Appleton Farms Boneless Sliced Ham: $4.72 ($2.99/lb)
The boneless sliced ham from Appleton Farms was a very popular topping especially among the men at the holiday feast, and I was amazed at how fresh the ham seemed. It was a perfect accompaniment to the Aldi cheeses, and it went very well with the Aldi wine served. I was especially impressed with the price of this high-quality spiral cut ham, as it costs about double at my other grocery store.
Aldi crackers

The Savoritz 6 Cracker Assortment: Price $2.49 for 13.1 oz

Aldi has many crackers to choose between, and my family has tried several of them. The Savoritz 6 Cracker Assortment is the perfect choice for a party though, because of the variety and the amount of crackers. It includes wesame wheat crackers, weeded multigrain crackers, stone ground crackers, rosemary crackers, poppy pepper water crackers and my favorite the seven grain crackers. These Savoritz crackers contain no cholesterol, no artificial colors and no artificial flavors, they are fresh, crunchy and perfect for a cheese platter or appetizers. I was looking for a similar product at my other grocery stores, but the selection was very limited, what I did find was more expensive and  contained both less crackers and less variety.I am very pleased with these Savoritz crackers, and I will definitely be purchasing them again.
Aldi desserts

 

The Aldi Chocolate & Dessert Table:
Belmont Turtle PieThe Belmont Turtle Pie: $4.99 for 30.5 oz
The Belmont Turtle Pie, is a delicious cream pie with the perfect balance between creamy caramel filling, crunchy pecan topping and a soft chocolaty cookie crust. I was a bit hesitant about purchasing this pie, as I was afraid the cream would be too much like regular whipped topic.
Another Aldi shopper convinced me that this was a perfect substitute for the cheese cake platter that was sold out. I have to say that it was a great choice, because the Belmont Turtle Pie was a hit at our holiday feast. Although the Belmont Turtle pie is sweet, the sweetness is not overwhelming, and I personally loved the crunchy pecan topping.
As a hostess, I simply love how easy the Belmont Turtle pie is to serve. All you need to do is to thaw and serve, and it is thawed in the refrigerator in about three hours. I also love how easy it was to take the Belmont Turtle Pie out of its tinfoil pie container and put it into my grandmother’s pie pan. It is a perfect fit, and it makes the pie look great.
Aldi eclairs
Grandessa Signature Mini Eclairs: $3.99 for 27 oz/48 eclairs
The Grandessa Signature Mini Eclairs are simply divine, and everyone at the holiday party kept asking me for the recipe. The truth is that my grandmother is an expert in making cream eclairs, but I saw how my mother used to struggle to get them just right, and I have never dared making an attempt at baking eclairs myself.The Grandessa Signature Mini Eclairs are the closest that I have ever come to the taste of my grandmother’s homemade eclairs, and with 48 mini eclairs this is the perfect item to serve at a holiday party. I feared that the cream was similar to a regular whipped topping, but on the contrary. The Bavarian dairy cream is delicious, and it is the perfect complement to the perfect fluffy eclairs.
The Grandessa Signature Mini Eclairs were the most popular dessert at my dessert table, and next time I will have to buy two boxes because of the popularity.

Truffles

The Choceur Cocoa Dusted Truffles: $2.49 for 8.81 oz
These truffles were phenomenal, because of the dense yet creamy texture. These were the most luxurious truffles I have ever tasted, and they were a hit with everyone.

I added drinks for the kids from my pantry, and pepperoni that I had purchased on a previous Aldi shopping trip. Otherwise I kept strictly to my $50 grocery list, and it worked out great. Next time I will make sure to purchase more wine and desserts though, as these items were extremely popular with my guests.
Aldi gift basketI am not a big wine drinker, but when I find something I like I stick with it. The Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio has definitely won me over, and I am excited to find a wine that I love.The price of Aldi’s high-quality wines simply cannot be beat, and my family will definitely be purchasing our wines from Aldi whenever we host a party.For the next party I will have to pick up a couple of more bottles of Aldi wine, but if I choose the Chaza Moscato at $2.69 per bottle, the added cost will be very limited and even with the Malizia Pinot Grigio and the Gonfalone Chianti, I can still stay within a frugal budget while serving great-tasting wines.

The Aldi wines are also great for gift baskets, because you cannot go wrong with giving these award-wining wines to family and friends. Add some of Aldi’s decadent chocolates such as the Choceur Cocoa Dusted Truffles or the Choceur Crisp Bars, and you will have a fantastic gift basket for anyone on your holiday gift list.
Aldi opened up its doors in South Florida a year ago, and over this past year I have seen the popularity increase significantly, as South Florida shoppers discovered how much they could save by shopping at Aldi. While Aldi is much smaller than many of the other local grocery stores, it has won over South Florida with the low prices on high quality products.One of the things that I love about shopping at Aldi is the courteous employees, the willingness of employees to help and the kindness and friendliness of other customers. I always see people smiling, once they leave Aldi, surely because they just spent about 25 percent less on their groceries than they normally do.I also love that our local South Florida Aldi stores are clean, organized and have a great management staff. On one occasion I had to return a defect product, and I was able to do so without any cause of aggravation. I was issued a refund immediately, and the store manager apologized for the defective product.

As an avid couponer, I actually love the fact that I can shop at Aldi and get great prices even without coupons. I love couponing, and I save a lot of money with coupons every week, but it is a hassle, and it makes grocery shopping much more stressful. When I am shopping for a holiday party, I surely appreciate the fact that I can do so without any added or unnecessary stress.I usually spend 1/3 of my grocery budget at Aldi every week, because any product that I do not have a coupon for is cheaper at Aldi. I also love their weekly produce deals, and I have found the produce and meat quality to be really good.
There were a few items on my shopping list that were not in stock, but it was easy to find similar substitutes. I saved about 25 – 30 percent on my holiday party shopping list by purchasing the luxury goods at Aldi compared to my regular grocery stores, and the quality of everything was impeccable. By spending $50 at my local Aldi Store, I had plenty of food for a holiday party for 15, and no one felt as if they had to hold back.Why I Love Shopping At Aldi:

  • No need for coupons
  • Low prices on basic staples
  • Low prices on luxurious products such as wine, cheese, chocolate etc.
  • Low prices on produce
  • Great store brand products
  • High quality produce
  • High quality meat
  • High quality wine
  • Helpful and polite employees
  • Friendly shopping atmosphere
Visit the Aldi website to find local Aldi stores near you.
It is not a secret that I am a big Aldi fan, and when I find something I love I want to shout about it from the rooftop. If you want to find more Aldi reviews, you can check out the Aldi Spot, where I also have a comprehensive Aldi price comparison with other grocery stores in South Florida.Disclaimer: “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ALDI and received a gift certificate to facilitate my review.”

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