With Brian O'Driscoll facing Italian opposition as he runs out on to pitch at the Aviva for the last time this weekend, I thought it only fitting to take a look at some of my favourite Italian wines.
While Icertainly won't be cheering on the Azzurri on Saturday afternoon, it’s fair to say that their wines have given me plenty of joy down through the years.
To start I think we should look at a Prosecco with which to celebrate Ireland’s victory, in my opinion there is none better than Mionetto DOC Treviso(€18.99 down from €21.99) which is very classy stuff, as would be expected from super-slick operation Mionetto. All their considerable expertise in creating Prosecco can easily be seen in this polished, excellent, fruit-driven Prosecco.
To follow I would recommend Rizzardi Pinot Grigio (€14.49), this is Pinot Grigio as it is meant to be! Rizzardi's single estate wine is bursting with ripe pear and peachy fruit. This is a more serious, complex take on Pinot Grigio with honey and sweet spices adding to the rich pear fruit.
To finish off in style, look no further than Luna Argenta (€12.99 down from €18.49) which is brimming with intense aromas of crushed black berry and black cherry with notes of vanilla and cinnamon spice, these aromas follow through on to the palate along with hints of mocha/chocolate. This is a wine that seriously over-delivers for its price!
All in all though, I think that’s enough praise heaped on the Italians for now, Come on Ireland!