Ireland welcome Italy to the Aviva Stadium this Saturday, and hopefully, the men in green can kick on from last week’s drama in Paris and deliver the bonus point win we need to keep the grand-slam dream alive.
Italy may still be considered relative new-comers the rugby competition having only joined at the turn of the Millennium, long before that though we were welcoming Italian wines at our dinner tables, and here in O’Briens, Italy only comes second to France in terms of the popularity of its wines.
So, for the weekend that’s in it, I have picked out some of my favourites below. I have highlighted below just a few of my favourites, but to see the full selection of Italian wines you can click here, or even better, why not drop into one of our 34 stores nationwide.
My first choice is made by top Winemaker Giuseppe Rizzardi, whose family have been crafting top-class wines for more than four hundred years now. Giuseppe’s Pinot Grigio (€10.95 down from €14.95) is a benchmark for the region with honey and sweet spices adding to the rich ripe pear and peachy fruit.
For my next choice, we must move to the shores of Lake Garda, where Bertani, long renowned for their top-class reds, have made a white wine of incredible quality. Le Quaiare (€14.95 down from €17.95) is a delicious single-vineyard Lugana, which is mineral-driven and complex, boasting subtle aromas of wild honey, ripe pear, and fresh lemon zest.
Next up is a wine from one of the most influential producers in not just Verona but also Italy, respecting tradition whilst embracing innovation with ease is what the Pasqua family are all about. Romeo & Juliet Passimento Rosso (€12.95 down from €17.95) is the Pasqua family’s tribute to Romeo and Juliet and the 3,000 messages of love which are left every day on Juliet’s wall in Verona, this rich, spicy & velvety red is made following the local ‘Passimento’ method whereby the grapes are dried prior to fermentation.
I am finishing out my selection with another choice from the Bertani stable, but this time from their Tuscan estate: San Leonino Governo all’uso Toscano (€14.95 down from €18.95). Governare means adding slightly raisined grapes to the first new wine of the just completed harvest: it is a very similar process to the Veneto’s ripasso; Here, semi-dried Sangiovese grapes deliver intense notes of ripe cassis, cherry & liquorice.
*Please note, prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on February 25th, 2018, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.