There are few festive pleasures more satisfying than curling up in front of an open fire with a good bottle of red wine on a chill December evening. This week's recommendations are a diverse array of Italian winter warming wine styles, ideal to drink on their own, or with festive nibbles.
This week I can also reveal the lineup for our Fine Wine Sale HERE. Starting next Monday 9th December, this is the perfect opportunity to buy some of our most popular Cult, Classic and Iconic wines with up to €20 off!
Chianti is one of the most iconic wine styles of the world. Located in the centre of Tuscany, the main grape variety is Sangiovese. The Il Volpetto Chianti Riserva is made by award-winning winemaker Stefano Chioccioli and is on offer with 40% off for December. 100% Sangiovese, it is packed full of that typical sour cherry and redcurrant fruit flavours, framed by a clever touch of warming oak.
Chianti Food Match:
This is an elegant and silky smooth Chianti, the ideal crowd-pleaser for festive dinner parties or a rich bowl of tomato-based pasta mid-week.
There is nothing quite so rich and warming as an Amarone, and the Tajapiera above offers great value with 33% off for December. Made with semi-dried grapes that concentrates the flavours and richness of the wine, this is deep and vibrant red in colour with an intense bouquet of blackberry fruit, the palate is rich, full-bodied and well-rounded. Beautiful, classic black cherry and plum fruit flavours with a chocolate and coffee complexity on the long finish.
Amarone Food Match:
Amarone is a great choice with a wide range of richly flavoured foods, but for a simple fireside pleasure, pair Pecorino. The slight sweetness of the wine will pair wonderfully with the salty cheese.
Rinforzo is a firm festive favourite with our customers, produced in a similar way to the Amarone above, with semi-dried grapes. But because the grapes are grown in vineyards located in the hills surrounding Manduria, deep in the heel of Italy's Puglia region, it is not as well known as Amarone, so offers excellent value for money. The wine is rich, warming and full-bodied, boasting complex blackberry jam, prunes, dark chocolate and Mediterranean herb flavours. This wine strikes a perfect balance between an opulent mouthfeel and silky elegance. With 25 % off during December Rinforzo offers excellent value and with it's sleek bottle, it makes a wonderful festive gift.
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.