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Monthly Archives: November 2017

  • Our Finest Wine Sale of the Year

    Our famous annual Fine Wine sale starts Monday 4th of December, the buying for which started this time last year believe it or not. Our objective when sourcing and selecting the wines is to offer a combination of iconic wines from exciting producers from the classic regions and to hunt down a few somewhat “off-piste” options that may not be as expensive as the classics but are still great examples of their grape and region and in our view are also fine wines.

    We have fifty wines on offer and as usual, all the classic fine wine regions are very well represented; Cru Classé Bordeaux, Fine Burgundy (red and white), Barolo, Brunello and Rioja to name but a few. Between them, these wines have garnered multiples of Parker Points and Decanter Medals. The sale represents and ideal opportunity not only to find something delicious to drink on Christmas day but to invest for future drinking, why not buy something to lay down to enjoy at Christmases to come.

    New to the range for this Fine Wine Sale is Brunello di Montalcino Val di Suga 2012. Wine  maker Andreas Lonardi is delighted with the results of the 2012 vintage and it has already been awarded 90 points by Wine Enthusiast this is what they had to say:

    “Inviting aromas of dark berry, fragrant blue flower and a whiff of baking spice lead the nose. The chewy medium-bodied palate offers ripe red cherry, black raspberry, tobacco and a hint of espresso framed in tight fine-grained tannins. A hint of star anise closes the firm finish. Drink 2018–2023”

    Also new to the range and just landed off the boat from the US is Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. Alexander Valley is located in Sonoma County and is one of its warmest areas making it perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is cassis laden with hints of vanilla and spice from the American oak barrels it was aged in. The tannins and ripe and firm and because of the wines fruit forward style it can be enjoyed now or laid down for another five years.

    If you love Chateau Lynch Bages, then the Echo de Lynch Bages 2012 is an excellent buy in the sale. This is the second wine of Chateau Lynch Bages, but the personality of the property can be identified in the Echo. Rich blackcurrant fruit, hints of spice and a savoury undertone are all evident. It’s still youthful, but with decanting and matched to red meats or stews it would work a treat. Alternatively buy now and store for three or four years if you like a bit more maturity.

    © Chateau Lynch-Bages

    *Offer ends close of business Sunday 10th December. In-store only. Customer quotas apply. While stocks last.

    Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, this offer will end on 10th December 2017, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

  • Teeling Musella Amarone Vol II

    We are delighted to announce the latest release in our collaboration with Teeling Whiskey and Musella winery, Teeling Musella Amarone Finish Vol II.

    With Volume II we have brought together our expertise in wine and spirits, working with our partners at Teeling Whiskey and Musella winery to create a new Irish whiskey expression, a 12-year-old Irish single malt whiskey seasoned in the finest Italian Amarone cask.

    At the start of this process we were interested in creating a limited edition Irish whiskey finished in wine barrels, but it was important to us that we could select the type of wine that had been in the barrel and also that it would be one the wineries we work with as we wanted to dictate the wine quality and the quality of the barrels. We approached Musella Winery as we believed that their Amarone, as a wine style with its complexity and touch of sweetness, would add an interesting flavour dimension to the whiskey. Musella were delighted to work on the project and their support was integral for the authenticity of the project, therefore we acknowledge Musella on the label.

    Musella dragoon spray painted onto the barrels for easy identification in Teelings warehouse

    We wanted a whiskey that displayed great character on its own but also one with subtlety and finesse that would take on the character of the wine barrels. Our Irish single malt brings soft toffee and cream with brighter fruit notes of melon and lemon. The team at O’Briens worked closely with Teelings tasting the whiskey over the course of the aging process, as the flavour profile developed and took on the complex raisined dark fruit and spice flavours of the Amarone cask. For this expression we aged the whiskey in Amarone cask for longer period to develop deeper flavour profile, evidenced from its russet tone. We wanted to preserve the character of the cask aging while adding a layer of complexity from the wine finish. The whiskey was bottled at 46% and is non-chill filtered to preserve the character.

    Alex Chasko of Teeling inspecting the Amarone barrels

    We believe that together with our partners we have a unique Irish whiskey expression with character and balance and now at a great introductory price of €70 down from €80 as part of our Irish Whiskey Sale. The bottle is presented in a gift box making it an ideal present for the whiskey lover in your life. Stocks are limited but you can pick up your bottle exclusively at your local O’Briens store or online. We hope you enjoy it.

    Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, this offer will end on 2nd January 2018 ,  please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.


  • Top tips for pairing with Turkey

    With Thanksgiving being celebrated all across the USA this Thursday and around the world by the American diaspora, I thought we should take a look at some wines for serving at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

    Of course, I know most of us won’t be celebrating with a Thanksgiving dinner, but I think it’s fair to assume that those of us who do will be sitting down to the traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings. When it comes to matching a red wine to turkey, I like to go with either an elegant Pinot Noir or a rich Chardonnay or indeed why not both!

    In keeping with the theme, I have mostly gone with American wines, (including some from South America) but even if you don’t plan on taking part in Thanksgiving celebrations, there’s a good chance that you will be doing something very similar on December 25th, and these recommendations will work just as well with the Christmas turkey.

    Murphy-Goode founders, Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready enjoying the fruits of their labours.

    Starting with a wine from the US, Murphy Goode Chardonnay (€17.95 down from €19.95), has classic ripe Chardonnay flavours of apple, lemon and white peach and very well-balanced acidity on the palate, all wrapped up in a soft mouth-feel thanks to the subtle use of oak.

    Domaine Begude-owners, Katherine & James Kinglake amidst their organic Chardonnay vines.

    Staying with Chardonnay, my next choice comes from the South of France, the organically-grown Domaine Begude Etoile (€17.95 down from €19.95), is a wonderfully complex barrel-fermented Chardonnay with gorgeous pear, nut aromas and creamy oatmeal texture in perfect balance with the fresh citrus finish.

    Leyda's Winemaker, Viviana Navarette, is the leading advocate for Chile's cool-climate Pinot Noir potential.

    On to the reds now, and my first choice is from Chile’s Cool-climate Leyda Valley which is influenced by the cool Pacific Ocean breezes. Leyda ‘las Brisas’ (€12.95 down from €17.95), is a beautiful, single-vineyard Pinot Noir which offers exceptional value and great fruit purity. More-ish juicy raspberry and blueberry fruit with some oak age which adds complexity.

    Back to the USA for my final two wines, the first, Byron Santa Barbara Pinot Noir (€23.95 down from €25.95), is a sumptuous, single-vineyard wine with superb, intense red-berried fruit undercut with subtle oak-spice on a silk-smooth palate.

    La Crema's chief Winemaker Craig McAllister surveys his crop.

    Last, but by no means least, La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (€29.95 down from €34.95), has aromas of red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate lead to a palate of blackberry fruit, plums, cherries and subtle layers of exotic spice and toast with fine tannins and well-balanced acidity.

    Our loyalty promotion continues right up until 10.00pm this Sunday, November 26th, with 20% back onto your loyalty card for any six wines purchased, so why not drop by your local store to pick up some of the wines recommended above or indeed any of the more than 200 exciting wines we have on promotion.

    *Please note, prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on January 2nd, 2018, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

  • A Return to the Classics.

    Along with most wine bloggers, I am probably guilty of directing most my attention to the new wines on the scene, all the better if they come from an upcoming or even a surprising region or if they are produced using a largely unheard-of grape varietal or winemaking technique. Not that there is anything wrong with this per se, but it would be a shame not to give a mention to the some of the established classics every now and then.

    After all, these are the wines that for most of us (myself included), first got us thinking seriously about wine, and if truth be told, these are also the wines I most often select from when choosing a wine to enjoy at home.

    My first choice, Chablis, is in my opinion, the definitive dry white wine, and few producers in Chablis have such an extensive range of brilliant wines as Jean-Marc Brocard. From basic, right up to Grand Cru they excel. These are wines for the real Chablis lover, balancing wonderfully pure fruit and steely minerality. Their Chablis AC (€24.95 down to €18.95) is a benchmark for the region, showing the conference pear, chalky minerality and steely firm, citrusy acidity it's renowned for.

    Jean-Marc Brocard and his Son, winemaker Julien enjoying the fruits of their labours, amidst their vines.

    Next up is a wine from one of the Loire valley’s very best producers, Langlois-Chateau, which is owned and run by Champagne House Bollinger, whose quality charter is applied rigorously to all the wines of this great estate. Their Château de Fontaine-Audon Sancerre (€21.95 down to €18.95), has a terrific purity of fruit, with elderflower and piercing lemon peel freshness against a background of chalky minerality.

    The grape growing and winemaking at Château Fontaine-Audon is overseen by winemaker François Régis de Fougeroux.

    On to the reds now, and no collection of classics would be complete without including a Bordeaux. The example I have chosen, Château La Raz Caman (€19.95 down to €16.95), is sourced from a single vineyard which is planted on 'clayey limestone, stony' hills on the right bank of the Gironde, just across the river from Pauillac.  It is an ambitious and charming wine made with 30% new oak barrels from four varieties that has plenty of black fruits, vanilla, spice, and supple tannins.

    Just-picked, these wonderfully-ripe, plump Merlot grapes are destined to form part of the blend for Château la Raz Caman

    For my next choice, we must cross the Pyrenees into Spain. Based in Cenicero Rioja, Monte Real farm 300 hectares of Tempranillo vineyards with the objective of making modern fruit driven Rioja. They can trace their heritage back over 100 years and this coupled with a modern winery allows them to straddle tradition and innovation. Monte Real’s Reserva (€20.95 down to €12.95), consistently delivers a little more weight and depth than its peers, and although light in colour, it has plenty of fruit on the nose including blackberry and cherry supported by nut and toasty oak notes with the full palate also showing the classic vanilla character Rioja is renowned for.

    Monte Real's Rioja Reserva, spends many years ageing in their thoroughly modern cellars.

    On to Italy now, and to San Felice, where the search for quality has always been of paramount importance and this has encouraged new initiatives for the replanting of its vineyards, technological innovation in the wine cellar and experimentation. Yet through all of this, their wines remain true expressions of the Tuscan landscape from which they come. San Felice’s Il Grigio (€22.95 down to €18.95), has great concentration without being too big or flashy. Boasting real Sangiovese, black cherry character, this is as authentic as Chianti Classico gets.

    Sangiovese vineyards surround San Felice's breath-takingly-beautiful Tuscan estate.

    Best of all, we are offering 20% back onto your loyalty card for any six wines purchased from this Friday the 17th right up until 10.00pm on Sunday, November 26th, so there can be no better time to pop into your local store and reacquaint yourself with these classics or indeed any of the more than 200 exciting wines we have on promotion.

    *Please note,  prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on January 2nd, 2018, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

  • A little Mór from our Gin Sale

    We have a lot going on this month and on the run in to that big event in December. Aside from plenty of great offers on wine we have promotions on across our range of spirits, everything from vodka, scotch, cognac, rum, bourbon, liquors. As well as a wide range in our Gin Sale and Irish Whiskey Sale, not to mention a range of craft and world beers on offer.

    With so much happening, there’s a lot to blog about! Time to keep calm, sit down and sip a gin. So that’s exactly what I did last weekend. Now with so many great gins on offer with everything from big name imports like Tanqueray 10 (was €50.00, now €40.00) and Hendricks Gin (was €45.50, now €40.00) to home grown heroes like Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin  (was €49.00, now €44.00), it was a challenge to choose just one.

    I decided on a gin that has rightly been picking up a lot of attention lately. Mór Irish gin is not one I’ve had on the blog to often before so is most definitely overdue. It’s the passion project of Eoin Barra who set up his own micro distillery in his home town of Tullamore. You could say it’s in the blood, as Eoin’s grandfather spent 20 years as master distiller for Tullamore whiskey.

    Eoin runs his own graphic design company, but it was a light bulb moment a few years ago that lead him to pursue his passion and follow his grandfather in to the distilling business.  He then spent two years researching, learning the techniques and perfecting the recipe. That recipe calls for blackberries, cranberries and raspberries infused with juniper, coriander, angelica root & rosemary. The fruit elements are steeped overnight to allow them to macerate and release their flavours before distillation with the core spicy elements. Working with natural ingredients, especially the berried fruit, means accessing and blend and balancing the flavours and through the distilling process to achieve consistency. The distillate is then softened with water directly from the Slieve Bloom mountains. Eoin himself drives a pickup into the mountains to pump this pure water directly from source.

    The result of this care and attention to ingredients and technique is a gin that delivers upfront juniper notes leading to earthier, spicier tones with a distinctive mixed berry character that bursts forth on the finish. Yet it never gets overtly sweet with the earthy spice of angelica, coriander and rosemary balancing out the fruit alongside a tart kick of cranberry.

    If you haven’t tried it yet, you can pick up a bottle of Mór Irish Gin for the great price of €42.95 (down from €48.00) in our gin sale all the way until the New Year. Enjoy it with a quality tonic, lime wedge and a few raspberries. If you are a fan of Mór be sure to keep an eye out for the release of the limited edition Mór Pineapple, coming soon.

    Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on 2nd of January 2018,  please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

  • Celebrate Rhône Wine Week


    We are delighted to be taking part in Rhône Wine Week Ireland (Nov. 4th -11th), there is a fabulous range of events taking place across Ireland to celebrate the diverse and distinctive wines of the Rhône Valley. We have plenty of Rhône wines on promotion this week (highlighted below) plus the opportunity to taste Rhône wines in-store so pop in and see us.

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cháteau Mont-Redon 2014 (€33.45 down to €29.95) is a big, smooth, generous red with judicious use of oak, and complex layers of very pure black and red fruits. Age-worthy but drinking beautifully now.

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blason du Rhône 2015 (€34.45 down to €19.95) is a  classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape meaning it has layers of red fruits like cherry and strawberry mixed with peppery spice and a full bodied palate. This wine will be on the tasting table in all O'Briens Stores on Saturday November 11th.

    Crozes Hermitage Cave de Tain 2015 (€19.95 down to €17.95) is a benchmark Crozes-Hermitage, so it's not a blockbuster but shows enticing aromas of raspberry and violet with light pepper and quite a fresh finish. This wine will be on the tasting table in all O'Briens Stores on Friday November 10th.

    Côtes du Rhône Villages Cave de Rasteau 2012 (€18.95 down to €16.95) is a terrific value village-level Rhône with rich, dark berry fruits, cherry, liquorice spice and savoury olive like aromas and velvety tannins.

    Lirac Château Mont Redon 2015 (€19.95 down to €16.95) Leading Châteauneuf producer, Mont-Redon, also make this superb Grenache-based wine, which is loaded with ripe bramble fruit and hints of sweet spice.

    Côtes du Rhône Guigal 2013 (€15.95 down to €13.95) Rhône royalty makes for a very reliable red with strawberry and plum fruit allied to some herbal notes and a sprinkle of pepper with smooth tannins.


    Côtes du Rhône Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles 2015 (€15.95 down to €13.95). High profile star of the Rhône, Jean-Luc Colombo's humble but silky Côtes du Rhone is a delight with attractive red fruits and liquorice-like spice.

    Côtes du Rhône Bonpas 2015 (€14.95 down to €11.95) is textbook Côtes du Rhône: medium bodied, lots of mixed berry wild fruit and virtually no tannin. So very soft and easy to drink! A brilliant all-rounder to drink with or without food. This wine will be on the tasting table in all O'Briens Stores on Thursday November 9th.


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