As the long weekend stretches out in front of me, I am looking forward to a few days relaxing at home and a couple of family gatherings around the dinner table with some comforting autumnal meals. But one thing is certain, the fire will be lit and a glass or two of wine will be enjoyed.
And at this time of year, with the clock going back, and the evenings drawing in, it’s time move on from the lighter wines of the summer months to richer whites and warming reds.
With this in mind, I have picked out below a selection of wines, all of which would be perfect for serving with the afore-mentioned comforting autumnal meals, but all are equally well-suited for sipping while sitting in an easy chair by the fair.
Starting with the whites, I have chosen two Chardonnays, the first Domaine Begude Terroir '11300' (€13.95 down from €17.95) is from the Pyrenees' cool climate region of Limoux in the Languedoc. It is subtly-oaked, so notes of butter & nut complement the delicious pear & lemon fruit.
My next choice is true Californian classic, with beautifully ripe tropical and citrus flavours are delicately intertwined with aromas of vanilla, honey, & toasted oak on the long, lingering finish, it should come as no surprise that Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay (€19.95 down from €22.95) is the best-selling wine in the USA.
Back to France now for the first of the reds, Ferraton Crozes-Hermitage la Matiniere (€17.95 down from €19.95) is a seriously-classy Syrah with a lively dark raspberry and violet character with a twist of pepper and spice.
Next up is Malbec, a grape whose popularity among Irish wine-drinkers continues to rise. From Mendoza in Argentina, Aruma (€14.95 down from €18.45) is a really-beautiful unoaked example so the focus is on fruit by the bucket load with shiny black pastille and plum augmented by some mocha notes.
My last choice, Altos de Luzon (€14.95 down from €19.95) comes from the sun-drenched vineyards of the Jumilla region of South-East Spain. Perfectly-ripe grapes and generous oak provide for dark-berry fruit with notes of liquorice & vanilla on a silk-smooth palate.
Best of all, we are offering 10% back onto your loyalty card for all wine purchased right up until 10.00pm on B/H Monday so why not pop into your local store and pick up a bottle or two.
*Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on October 30th, 2017, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.