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The O’Briens wine fair takes place next weekend and is spread across three sessions:
Fri 9th 6-9pm, Sat 10th 1-4pm & 5-8pm
With more than 35 producers represented and over 200 wines to taste, this promises to be the wine event of the year so far and tickets are selling fast.
So to be sure not to miss out, drop into to your local store.
Tickets are priced at €15 OR 2 for €20 and proceeds go to The Cancer Clinical Research Trust
To whet your appetite I have picked out below just a few of the winemakers who will be flying in for the weekend.
Rizzardi: A regular recipient of Tre Bicchieri (Italy's highest Wine honours) Giuseppe Rizzardi is a winemaker on fire at the moment. His Bardolinos are widely considered the best in the region and his whites have supreme elegance and balance.
Delheim: Positioned high in the Simonsberg mountains in Stellenbosch the Delheim estate makes wines that are unrivalled in South Africa for elegance and purity of fruit. Floral, aromatic whites and multi-layered, beautifully defined reds. Reg Holder is Chief Winemaker at this class-leading family estate.
Cloof: With a team of highly-educated young winemakers such as Jody Johannes at the helm, Cloof are making thoroughly modern South African wines. These wines are all about delicious upfront fruit.
Château de Fleurie: Owned and run by Gregory Barbet’s family for eight generations, Château de Fleurie is a single 13 hectare estate covering some of the best terroir in Fleurie, this is one of the finest Cru's in the region. A complex, Burgundian Fleurie this is a serious cut above just about every other Fleurie on the market - a must try wine.
Joel Delauney: Family owned Domaine in the Loire producing very modern fruity Sauvignon Blancs made by winemaker Thierry Delaunay. Although they are from Touraine, these wines are almost Marlborough in style, really pungent, grassy and bursting with fruit.
Château Caraguilhes: Rated amongst the top Corbières estates, this award winning winery is completely organic and was using organic techniques when it was virtually unheard of anywhere else. Winemaker Etienne Besancenot is extremely quality-focused and he produces consistently great wines from the local grape varieties.
Domaine Duffour: Michel Duffour has forged a reputation over the last few decades for incredibly pungent, zesty Gascogne whites. Domaine Duffour has become an ambassador for modern, aromatically superb white wines for the region.