This is a very busy couple of weeks at O'Briens. Today sees the launch of our French Wine Sale and next week we are hosting our Spring 2019 Wine Festival in The Strand Hotel Limerick (9th May) and Dublin Castle (10th/11th May). This is the largest and most exciting wine event in the Irish calendar: over 40 producers pouring over 200 wines in Limerick and over 65 producers pouring almost 300 wines in Dublin!
The €30 ticket includes all wine samples, a wine booklet to take home and a complimentary Tipperary Crystal wine glass. There are also Masterclasses featuring our winemakers that guests can sign up to on the day.
Not ones to rest on our laurels from the success of previous events, this year will see the introduction of:
- Photobooth where you can capture your evening with a photo that will be sent directly to your phone for sharing on social media
- Wedding/Party Wine service. A member of our wine team will meet with guests to discuss the wine needs for their special occasion. If you are interested in availing of this service please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets have already sold out for the Saturday evening session, but there are still tickets available for:
- Limerick, The Strand Hotel, Thursday 9th May (6-9pm) HERE
- Dublin Castle, Friday 10th May (6-9pm) HERE
- Dublin Castle, Saturday 11th May (2-5pm) HERE.
Best New Wines at O'Briens Spring Wine Festival 2019
It would be impossible to choose a favourite wine at the Wine Festival- it would be like trying to pick a favourite child... if you had 290 children!
However, we are very excited to welcome some wineries to their first Wine Festival this spring. Below I have picked one stand-out wine from each of these new winery's, but they will have plenty more open for tasting next weekend.
Best New Sparkling Wine:
We are delighted to see this little beauty make its Wine Festival debut. Coming from the historic Ca' Di Rajo winery that is steeped in the tradition of the vineyards and valleys of northern Italy.
Mitó Frizzante valiantly fought through 3 rounds of tasting against myriad other Italian sparklers to win a place on our shelves. Delightfully fresh, easy drinking and off-dry in style with plenty of bright peach and pear drop fruit flavours. With its modest 11% alcohol and unbeatable price this would be an ideal choice for a welcome drink at a wedding or as an aperitif at a garden party.
Best New Australian Wine:
La La Land is an eclectic collection of new generation wines from family owned estates across Australia. Using international grape varieties which thrive in the warm climate of Murray River, Victoria
these are a creative range of flavoursome and generous wines.
Malbec is most often associated with Argentina, but with its playful label and alluring brooding flavours of dark cherry, spicy mocha and ripe plum flavours this wine proves Australia can make great examples too. A small amount of French oak gives a pleasant spicy complexity on the long finish.
Note: vegan wine.
Best New German Wine:
Robert Weil are a prestigious family-run winery based in Germany's Rheingau region. They have 90 ha of their own sustainably managed vineyards, solely planted with the Riesling grape variety. Their delicious wines represent the family's unwavering commitment to quality and tradition.
This is textbook dry Riesling- aromatic and bright with notes of green apple and pear along with a crisp refreshing acidity and a long refreshing finish. this wine is dry, but there will be stunning examples of off-dry and sweet German wines open at Table 28.
Note: Vegan Wine.
Best New Rosé Wine:
If this summer is anything like last year we can expect plenty of weather to enjoy a bottle of rosé. With our Buy One Get One Half Price rosé promotion available in-store and online we will have a dedicated pink table at the Wine Festival.
One of these delicious wines is the Rós above- a wine produced by our very own Wine Director, Lynne Coyle MW, in partnership with Bodegas Tandem in the northern Spanish wine region of Navarra. Using natural wild yeasts it is crisp and elegant with an aromatic bouquet boasting plenty of ripe red fruits on the palate: this is a delicious new recruit to our rosé lineup.
Best Sweet Wines:
At Table 11 there will be selection of the great Disznóko sweet wines from Tokaji in Hungary. Ranging from the Late Harvest wines to the unctuously sweet Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos this is a must-visit table for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Best Fortified Wines:
At Table 52 there is a selection of wines from the relatively unknown Spanish region of Montilla-Moriles. Toro Albalá were added to our range last year and are gaining a lot of press attention. Made solely with the Pedro Ximenez grape and in similar styles to Sherries, the wines at this table range from the bone dry to the very sweet. For a rare treat, try the Marqués de Poley Amontillado Viejísimo from an ancient Solera started in 1922!
These are a small selection of the wines that will be shown at the Wine Festival next weekend. So to avoid missing the best wine event on the Irish calendar, buy your ticket HERE.
Please note: All prices correct at time of publication. For the most up to date prices please contact your local store or online www.obrienswine.ie.
The O'Briens Wine Festival is a strictly over 18s event. Spittoons and water are provided for your convenience and safety. Enjoy alcohol responsibly.