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  • How are things in California?

    California is steeped in grape growing history and winemaking know how, the first vines were planted in 1863 by Spanish missionaries. The Californian gold rush started in 1848 which increased and the numbers of people arriving in the state and the subsequent demand for the local wines increased.

    Today California has an impressive Sustainable Winegrowing Program. It has far reaching objectives including biodiversity, ecosystem management, energy efficiency, water quality and air quality are all key priorities. When driving through the vineyards of Napa, bat boxes and owl boxes are common place. Land set aside to encourage pollinator insects and vegetable gardens growing beside the vines are frequently seen.  Refreshingly, in keeping with this philosophy, cover crops and the decision not to use weed killer, leaves the vineyards alive and natural in appearance rather than manicured to within an inch of their lives.

    It's the people however who bring the California wine scene alive, with their abounding devotion to making the best quality wines they can. Here are just a few worth seeking out.

    Raymond Winery is owned by the well know Burgundian Jean Charles Boisset. A fully functioning Biodynamic winery making interesting Cabernet Sauvignon. Kitted out internally with a night club, a wine sensory area and a “Winemaker for a Day Experience”, the external area is the complete opposite with a biodynamic garden populated by goats and sheep because Jean Charles is committed to sustainable practises. Raymond Winery is open to visitors.

    At the smaller more traditional end of the scale is Schramsberg. This property was established in 1965 by Jack and Jamie Davis, now run by their son, this is one of the most prestigious sparkling wines made in the US. Made in the same way as Champagne, the elegance and quality of the wines are exceptional and well worth seeking out.  A visit to this winery promises traditional cellars and traditional winemaking practises as well as the opportunity to taste high quality sparkling wines.

    There was no doubt when arriving at Ingelnook, that the owner was a “movie mogul”. This is a stunning estate that has a French style Chateau at its heart. Owned by Francis Ford Copolla, the visitors centre is stuffed with movie industry paraphernalia including the hand written cast list from The Godfather. Making stunning Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, elegance and fruit purity are the hallmarks of the estates wine style.

    Of Irish heritage is the Teac Mor estate in the Russian River Valley. Originally from County Galway, this Irish family are making premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their own vineyards. The Russian River is technically cool climate in California so perfectly suited to growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Burgundian in approach, the wines are exceptional quality and an honest reflection of the climate and vineyards of this beautiful river influenced inland region.



    Schramsberg Traditional Method Sparking  €40.00

    100% Chardonnay, made in the same way as Champagne, elegant and complex with toasted brioche on the nose and palate balanced by refreshing citrus notes and a touch of honey.




    Raymond Field Blend €22.95

    A field blend, this is where the different vines are grown together in the same vineyard, this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Zinfandel. Supple, ripe and concentrated.




    Inglenook Pennino Zinfandel €60.00

    Purity of fruit, intense and concentrated with a ripe tannin profile, hints of spice and vanilla, this wine is perfect with red meats and hearty stews and would do a hard cheese proud.




    Teac Mor Chardonnay €26.95

    An elegant, rich Chardonnay, lemon freshness and green apple balances a creamy mid palate, some underlying hints of toasted hazelnuts gives an exotic feel, serve with grilled white fish.




    Please note prices are correct at time of publishing. Please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.



  • Warming Autumnal Reds

    After an all too short Indian summer, it fair to say that autumn has taken hold and as the leaves are falling and the evenings begin to draw in, our appetites tend to move towards richer, more robust dishes, the same goes for our wines.

    Just a few short weeks ago I may have been writing about pairing a light Pinot Grigio or a juicy Rosé with a zesty salad, today the wines I have chosen below are all about roasts, hearty casseroles and cosy evenings in beside the fire.

    My first choice is from is from Navarra, which is one of Spain’s oldest and most unique wine regions Spain. Ars Nova (€12.99 down from €17.49) is a rich, savoury, complex red.

    Moving to Italy now for the wonderfully-rich Villa Novare Ripasso (€14.99 down from €20.49) which is a wine much more closely related to Amarone than most other Ripassos.

    For my last selection I have chosen a biodynamic wine made by superstar winemaker, Alvaro Espinoza. Coyam (€16.99 down from €22.99) is rich and powerful but still softly-textured, it's a bit like a Chilean take on Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

    So if you are looking for a warming Autumnal red this weekend you won’t find a better wine than one of the above, and to top it all off, you will receive 10% back on your loyalty card with all wine purchases right across the bank holiday weekend, so there can be no excuse not to treat yourself!


  • Wine & Horses

    Hearing that there will be 35,000 glasses of wine consumed at this week’s Dublin Horse Show got me thinking of all sorts of connections between wine & horses.

    Now many winemakers have adorned their bottles & labels with images of horses, but I think you’ll agree that the two wines below offer a much closer connection than that.

    The RDS first staged the Dublin Horse Show in 1864, but another equine event taking place this August has an even longer history; every year since 1238, the seventeen ‘Contrade’ (districts or wards) of Siena have competed in the ‘Palio’, a horse race run through the medieval streets of the Tuscan hill town. San Felice Contrada was created for the traditional banquets held during the ‘Palio’, however the wine proved so popular, it has now become a part of San Felice's main portfolio. 

    Cuvée Luna is blended exclusively for O’Briens by biodynamic wizard Michel Escande. Utterly committed to biodynamism, Michel even keeps a team of twelve horses to work the vineyards, his favourite being the eponymous ‘Luna’ in the picture below.

  • Why choose Biodynamic?

    Wines produced from biodynamically grown grapes are often described as being super-organic.

    But that doesn’t really tell us too much about what actually goes on in a biodynamic vineyard, so I thought it might be useful to sum up a few of the key points.

    To start out we need to think of biodynamics as an holistic philosophy rather than just a set of agricultural practices.

    These philosophical principles were first put forward by Austrian philosopher–scientist Rudolf Steiner in 1924.

    According to Steiner there are very strong links between the material and spiritual worlds, and it is with respect to these links that he drew up the foundations of biodynamic agriculture, such as paying special attention to the lunar calendar before doing anything in the vineyard.

    Now I know this is all starting to sound a bit hippy and mystical, but one of the central principles is the view that the soil itself is an organism and therefore the idea of using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides is completely out of the question.

    It is to this principle that most biodynamic wine producers are attracted, and in fact many will distance themselves from some of the more kooky elements of the philosophy.

    One thing is certain Biodynamism is here to stay and as more and more producers are gaining certification there are some wines of truly amazing quality being produced.

    I have picked out a couple of great examples below.

    From Alsace, Marc Kreydenweiss’ Andlau (€18.99) is a small production, estate-grown Riesling derived from slopes that are a continuation of Grand Cru land.

    This white is delicate and floral at the moment but with tremendous underlying fruit.

    It proves a dream of a Riesling and the perfect match for aromatic Cantonese or Thai cuisine.

    Emiliana's winemaker Alvaro Espinoza is Chile's leading exponent of biodynamic practices.

    His wines have tremendous purity and depth of fruit and none more so than the magnificent Coyam (€17.49 down from €20.99).

    Rich and powerful but still softly textured, it's a bit like a Chilean Châteuneuf-du-Pape.

    Try it with slow roast shoulder of lamb for a match made in heaven.


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