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  • Top picks from our Italian Wine Sale

    With our Italian wine sale kicking off this Friday the 9th , I thought now would be the perfect time to take a whistle-stop tour through Italy’s wine regions and look at some of the wines produced therein.

    We start our journey in the Northwest, in the region of Piedmont which is home not just to Italy’s finest reds; Barolo and Barbaresco, but also to one of the country’s best whites in Gavi, which can be just about the most refreshing of Italian white wines with clear lemon, ripe apple and pear fruit, and an underlying stony-mineral character. An extremely elegant white, la Battistina (€11.95 down from €14.95) is easily one of the best examples of Gavi in Ireland. Enjoy it with Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken.

    La Battistina Gavi would be perfect with a delicious lemon and herb roasted chicken.

    Moving across to the Northeast, we come to the Veneto region, this vinous powerhouse produces more wine at D.O.C. level (Quality equivalent to AC in France) than any other region in Italy. This of course includes lots of white and sparkling wine, but the region is most famous for its red wines made using dried grapes. Porta Nova (€14.95 down from €20.45) is a big, bold, chunky Ripasso with loads of sweet, ripe, dark fruit, clever use of oak and that distinct 'sour cherry' Amarone tang. The velvet smooth texture means that this wine can quite easily be enjoyed on its own, but to see it at its best, I would serve it alongside a meaty Italian dish such as Tagliatelle al Ragù or even better with Veal Osso Bucco.

    Veal Osso Bucco would be perfect with Porta Nova Ripasso.

    Staying east but moving down the Adriatic coast to the Marche region of central Italy we have, Marotti Campi's  Albiano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi (€10.95 down from €14.95) which has refreshing citrus fruits, zesty acidity and complex minerality as its hallmarks, when well-made like this example, Verdicchio is one of the very best whites Italy produces. Serve alongside Linguini with Clams for a match made in Heaven.

    Lorenzo Marotti Campi amidst his Verdicchio vines.

    Crossing west again we come to the Tuscany region, home to what is perhaps Italy’s most renowned wine in Chianti. Made by the award-winning winemaker, Stefano Chioccioli, Volpetto Chianti Riserva (€11.95 down from €19.95), is modern Chianti at its best, packed full of juicy, ripe red-berried fruit, nice touch of oak and above all silky smooth. It's a superbly made wine that will appeal to everyone, not just fans of Italian reds. This is a wine that is crying out to be paired with slow-roast shoulder of lamb.

    Volpetto Chianti Riserva is crafted by the award-winning winemaker, Stefano Chioccioli.

    We finish our journey deep in the South in the heel of Italy. From the Puglia region, Luna Argenta (€12.95 down from €18.95) is made using the Apassimento method (borrowed from the Veneto), whereby the grapes are partially dried prior to vinification. This yields a wine 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, with this wine’s wonderfully rich style braised lamb shanks would make for a delicious pairing.

    The sun-drenched vines of the Puglia region yield super-ripe fruit.

    Our Italian wine sale continues right through Saint Patrick’s weekend and finishes at 10.00pm on Monday the 19th.

    *Please note, prices quoted are valid from March 9th – 19th 2018, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

  • Think Pink this St. Valentines Day

    St. Valentine's day is the perfect opportunity to treat that special person in your life, perhaps you plan to prepare a special meal at home, if so and If you really want to set the romantic tone, why not go with a special bottle of wine?

    Obviously, some wines are more suited to such an occasion than others and in my opinion, nothing says romance like rosé sparkling wine or Champagne.

    I have picked out a few suggestions below, but of course, if you already have a particular favourite in mind, the team in your local O'Briens store would be more than happy to wrap any wine for you.

    First up is a Prosecco-style wine, Mionetto Vivo Rosé (€14.95 down from €18.95), which is made with an unusual and exciting blend of grapes grown in the Veneto region of Northeast Italy, this delicious sparkling Rosé is rich and frothy in style with vibrant raspberry and red cherry fruit and an intriguing underlying floral character. With all that red berry fruit character, this wine would be even more delicious if served with a couple of raspberries in the glass.

    Mionetto's vines grow on the rolling hills of the Veneto region.

    My next choice is a Cava, which can be made anywhere in Spain but is mainly produced in Penedes. The wine style is dryer then Prosecco and the bubbles are formed during a second fermentation in the bottle (Just like Champagne). This important aspect of the winemaking gives a delicate fine bubble and a fresh clean wine style with sometimes a subtle biscuity character also showing.

    Valhondo Cava Rosado (€14.95 down from €17.95), comes from the historic Cava Capital of San Sadurni d'Anoia in the heart of Penedès, 40km Southwest of Barcelona, a blend of Monastrell and Pinot Noir, this delicious Rosé is bursting with strawberry and cherry fruit.

    Bottles of Cava ageing in the cellars at San Sadurni d'Anoia.

    My next three recommendations all come from Champagne, and one thing that is often overlooked is just how well-suited Champagne is to be served with food.

    Canard-Duchêne Rosé (€36.95 down from €44.95), is a very fine example of quality Rose Champagne; this is a wine with great elegance and complexity but above all, there is an abundance wonderful red-berry fruit. With a dry finish and palate cleansing freshness, this is an ideal choice to serve with delicately smoked salmon.

    The chalk cellars at Canard-Duchêne provide the perfect environment for ageing their wines.

    Lanson Rosé (€47.95 down from €57.95), has a beautiful pale pink hue, is dry in style with hints of summer fruits and crisp refreshing acidity. While this would go very-well not just with kinds of seafood and but also with white meat, Lanson Champagne who sponsors tennis at Wimbledon would certainly advocate drinking with it strawberries.

    Lanson Rosé spends a minimum of three years ageing in their historic cellars in the heart of the Champagne region.

    We have to push the budget out a bit for my last selection, but if you can manage it, you will be getting your hands on an astoundingly-good fine wine! Bollinger Special Cuvée Rosé (€65.00 down from €83.00), is complex and multi-layered with its red berry fruit complemented perfectly by the underlying toasty and nutty characters. The finish is crisp and fresh and slightly spicy. With all that complexity and texture, this wine is crying out to be served alongside a seared duck breast.

    Freshly-picked Pinot Noir grapes destined to form part of the blend for Bollinger Special Cuvée Rosé .

    *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.

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  • Italian Wines to enjoy this weekend.

    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.

    Bertani's Lugana Vineyards stretch down to the shores of Lake Garda.

    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.

    Juliet's Wall in Verona provided the inspiration for Romeo & Juliet Passimento

    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.

    Sangiovese grapes drying for San Leonino Governo.

    *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.

  • Wines to warm up with this January.

    With the wind whistling past the office window and weather warnings in place for next week, I’m planning for nothing more than a couple quiet nights in by the fire with a warming glass of red this weekend.

    If that sounds appealing to you too, read on as we have put together a stunning set of winter reds, all of which we are offering as part of a buy 1 bottle get 2nd bottle Half Price promotion (Mix & Match).

    I have highlighted below just a few of my favourites, but to see the full selection you can click here, or even better, why not drop into one of our 34 stores nationwide where one of these winter reds will be on the tasting table all weekend.

    Starting in Spain, Dominio de Artiga Reserva is a superb Tempranillo aged for five years so there's plenty of berry fruit, some vanilla and mocha notes but now with age also a savoury leathery note too.

    The Valdepeñas vineyards of Spain's central plateau are perfectly positioned for ripening bush-vine Tempranillo.

    My next choice comes from a Lynch-Bages owned estate in the South of France, L' Ostal Cazes Estibals is a high-quality wine, which is richly-textured with a wealth of ripe bramble fruit rounded out by subtle oak.

    The vines at L'Ostal Cazes are perfectly positioned for soaking up the Southern French Sunshine.

    On now to Puglia, deep in the heel of Italy, tasting Tenute Rubino Marmorelle Rosso from here is like tasting the Southern Italian sunshine in a glass, this is a gorgeous, richly textured red wine with an abundance of ripe black berried fruit.

    Sun-drenched Negroamaro vines at Marmorelle Estate

    To finish out the selection, I have gone with a Californian classic, Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve, which is an absolute benchmark Zinfandel, medium to full-bodied and velvet-smooth with a lovely ripeness of fruit over a bed of oak, cinnamon and pepper.



  • A Return to the Classics.

    Along with most wine bloggers, I am probably guilty of directing most my attention to the new wines on the scene, all the better if they come from an upcoming or even a surprising region or if they are produced using a largely unheard-of grape varietal or winemaking technique. Not that there is anything wrong with this per se, but it would be a shame not to give a mention to the some of the established classics every now and then.

    After all, these are the wines that for most of us (myself included), first got us thinking seriously about wine, and if truth be told, these are also the wines I most often select from when choosing a wine to enjoy at home.

    My first choice, Chablis, is in my opinion, the definitive dry white wine, and few producers in Chablis have such an extensive range of brilliant wines as Jean-Marc Brocard. From basic, right up to Grand Cru they excel. These are wines for the real Chablis lover, balancing wonderfully pure fruit and steely minerality. Their Chablis AC (€24.95 down to €18.95) is a benchmark for the region, showing the conference pear, chalky minerality and steely firm, citrusy acidity it's renowned for.

    Jean-Marc Brocard and his Son, winemaker Julien enjoying the fruits of their labours, amidst their vines.

    Next up is a wine from one of the Loire valley’s very best producers, Langlois-Chateau, which is owned and run by Champagne House Bollinger, whose quality charter is applied rigorously to all the wines of this great estate. Their Château de Fontaine-Audon Sancerre (€21.95 down to €18.95), has a terrific purity of fruit, with elderflower and piercing lemon peel freshness against a background of chalky minerality.

    The grape growing and winemaking at Château Fontaine-Audon is overseen by winemaker François Régis de Fougeroux.

    On to the reds now, and no collection of classics would be complete without including a Bordeaux. The example I have chosen, Château La Raz Caman (€19.95 down to €16.95), is sourced from a single vineyard which is planted on 'clayey limestone, stony' hills on the right bank of the Gironde, just across the river from Pauillac.  It is an ambitious and charming wine made with 30% new oak barrels from four varieties that has plenty of black fruits, vanilla, spice, and supple tannins.

    Just-picked, these wonderfully-ripe, plump Merlot grapes are destined to form part of the blend for Château la Raz Caman

    For my next choice, we must cross the Pyrenees into Spain. Based in Cenicero Rioja, Monte Real farm 300 hectares of Tempranillo vineyards with the objective of making modern fruit driven Rioja. They can trace their heritage back over 100 years and this coupled with a modern winery allows them to straddle tradition and innovation. Monte Real’s Reserva (€20.95 down to €12.95), consistently delivers a little more weight and depth than its peers, and although light in colour, it has plenty of fruit on the nose including blackberry and cherry supported by nut and toasty oak notes with the full palate also showing the classic vanilla character Rioja is renowned for.

    Monte Real's Rioja Reserva, spends many years ageing in their thoroughly modern cellars.

    On to Italy now, and to San Felice, where the search for quality has always been of paramount importance and this has encouraged new initiatives for the replanting of its vineyards, technological innovation in the wine cellar and experimentation. Yet through all of this, their wines remain true expressions of the Tuscan landscape from which they come. San Felice’s Il Grigio (€22.95 down to €18.95), has great concentration without being too big or flashy. Boasting real Sangiovese, black cherry character, this is as authentic as Chianti Classico gets.

    Sangiovese vineyards surround San Felice's breath-takingly-beautiful Tuscan estate.

    Best of all, we are offering 20% back onto your loyalty card for any six wines purchased from this Friday the 17th right up until 10.00pm on Sunday, November 26th, so there can be no better time to pop into your local store and reacquaint yourself with these classics or indeed any of the more than 200 exciting wines we have on promotion.

    *Please note,  prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on January 2nd, 2018, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

  • Salute - New Italian Brews

    This week I’m very happy to introduce a new brewery to Ireland, Birrificio Del Doge, hailing from the Treviso area of Italy. The story of how the brewery came about is a familiar one when a pair of craft beer fans, the Giuman brothers, decided to try their hand at brewing their own. After years of perfecting their recipes these homebrewing enthusiasts decided to take the plunge and in 2013 they took it to the next step and opened their own brewery with the help of professional brewer Federico Casarin. Their philosophy for brewing and beer styles takes a leaf out of the German tradition with attention to detail in the brewing process and a focus on ingredient selection, such as their pride in their local spring water.

    Earlier this year they added a new line of beers with their Doge People range with a focus on easy drinking but flavoursome beers. First up they have two quite different lagers with the smooth, light and biscuity Take Easy Helles lager and the more robust malt driven Keep Up Vienna lager with caramel sweetness and a dry finish. Their Now You IPA is very easy drinking, smooth and fruity with a light resinous finish. While their Belgian style golden ale Go Over is full, soft and rounded with honeyed fruit and a touch of sweetness. You can try out the full range for yourself as they are current on offer for a superb price of 5 for €10.


    Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on 31st October 2017, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.


  • Award-Winning wines at O'Briens

    The results have recently been released for two of the wine world’s most prestigious competitions, and I am delighted to report that over forty of our exclusively imported wines picked up a regional trophy or a platinum, gold or silver medal, with many dozens more picking up bronze medals or commendations.

    The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition. The medal winners were selected from over 15,000 entries and judging at DWWA 2017 involved 224 specialist tasters from around the world, including 66 Masters of Wine and 18 Master Sommeliers.

    The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is now in its 34th year. The IWC is accepted as one of the World's finest and most meticulously judged wine competitions, which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region, and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.

    All in all, there are far too many winners to list here but I have picked out just a few of my favourites below.


    Coyam is produced by Chile's Emiliana who can proudly lay claim to being the World's largest organic winery

    Coyam 2013 €22.95

    “A polished style with rich dark fruits, milk chocolate, and sandalwood. This wine has both style and substance.”

      IWC 2017 Gold Medal Winner

    Wines ageing in expensive oak-barrels in Mont-Redon's cellars.

    Château Mont Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013 €33.45

    “Made in a modern style with new oak spice. A very complete wine that has great harmony and a complex and long finish.

      DWWA 2017 Silver Medal Winner

    The passionate Coca i Fito Brothers are on a mission to see their native Montsant region recognised as being among Spain's very finest DO's

    Coca í Fito Negre 2011 €34.95

    “Ripe black fruit on the lively nose. Dense on the palate with subtle freshness.”

      DWWA 2017 Silver Medal Winner

    The Sun-drenched vineyards of the Jumilla region allow Luzon to craft wines of exceptional richness.

    Luzón Crianza 2014 €15.95

    “Juicy charming with funk spice, green pepper, corn, cloves. Plummy bramble with integrated soft tannins.”

      IWC 2017 Silver Medal Winner

    The beautiful Domaine Begude sits high up in the Languedoc among the foothills of the Pyrenees

    Domaine Begude ‘Terroir 11300’ 2016 €17.95

    “Delicate floral, apple aromas herald in a creamy palate delivering a satisfying pith and juiciness of peachy fruit and fresh lemon.”

      DWWA 2017 Silver Medal Winner

    Longview's Stunning Maccaldsfield Vineyard

    Longview Yakka Shiraz 2015  €14.95 down from €19.95

    “Ripe luscious fruit, balanced with peppery spice. Well structured, long finish.”

      IWC 2017 Silver Medal Winner

    The Los Vascos Vineyards are perfectly situated in the foothills of the Andes.

    Los Vascos Grande Reserve 2013  €19.45

    “A mix of coffee and leather notes. Ripe blackberries and plums with rounded tannins and a long, spicy, savoury finish.”

      IWC 2017 Silver Medal Winner

  • Treats for the Long Weekend

    This upcoming long weekend will surely see many dinner parties, celebrations, and informal gatherings as we all take advantage of the extra day off. Now, normally on the August bank holiday weekend, my blog would lean heavily toward BBQ wine tips, but unfortunately, the picture above might represent wishful-thinking as it doesn’t look like the weather is going to play ball.

    The good news though is that we have an exciting new line up of wine promotions in your local O’Briens store and that from this Thursday and right through the weekend we are offering 15% back on your loyalty card for any purchase of six or more wines. So, there can be no better time to treat yourself to something special.

    I have picked some of my favourites below, two from the old world and two from the new, all four delicious and perfectly suited to summer celebrations indoors or out!

    For my first choice, we are starting out on 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.

    Bertani's vineyards overlook the Beautiful Lake Garda

    Next up is Ireland’s favourite wine style, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. I am sure this style needs no introduction, however, Whitehaven’s ‘Greg Label’ Sauvignon Blanc (€16.95 down from €20.45) is one well-worth a special mention.

    Made in honour of the company's founder, the 'Greg Label' represents the pinnacle of Whitehaven's winemaking. Hugely expressive aromas & flavours, bursting with cool fruit and mouth-tingling minerality make for a complex & super concentrated, lush Sauvignon.

    Whitehaven's stunning Sauvignon vinreyards

    Moving on to the reds, but Staying in the Southern Hemisphere, my next choice is the outstanding Yakka Shiraz (€14.95 down from €19.95). From the cooler Adelaide Hills region, this is a special wine with alluring perfumed complex aromatics of maraschino cherry, pepper, liquorice and cedar plus a rich and juicy palate of epic length.


    To finish up my selection, we are going back to Northeast Italy for Rizzardi’s Pojega Ripasso (€16.95 down from €20.45). This is quite simply one of the best Ripassos made by anyone. Year in,  year out it gets top ratings from major critics, made in an extremely elegant style with pure wild-cherry fruit & sweet spice undercut with notes of mocha.

  • Lighter reds for summer

    Whites and Rosé wines grab a lot of the attention in summer, and even when reds are mentioned, often it will be a big spicy wine to pair up with a BBQ.

    However, there is a wide range of lighter red wines which really come into their own when the sun is shining and some of them taste even better when lightly chilled.

    I have picked out a few such wines below, all of which have the juicy-fruit profile, lighter tannins and refreshing acidity which make for perfect summer drinking.

    To start I am going with a classic Beaujolais; Château de Fleurie (€16.95 down from €19.45) is made from a single 13-hectare estate covering some of the best terroir in the region.  A Definitive Fleurie as the name suggests, the expected, floral notes vie with concentrated cherry & cranberry over a juicy palate with a fresh finish. For me, this is the perfect Picnic wine, I would serve it very lightly chilled alongside some Charcuterie, Brie, and crusty French bread.

    The incredibly picturesque, Château de Fleurie

    For my next selection, we must cross to Chile, and the cool-climate Leyda Valley in particular.  Leyda Pinot Noir Las Brisas (€15.95 down from €17.95) is bright, with a strong Pinot character displaying spicy, subtle wild herb and earthy notes, great minerality, and a red fruit profile of raspberries, cherries, and blueberries. It is delicate, refined, and juicy on the palate, offering a long-lasting finish balanced with lively acidity. It may seem like an unusual pairing to some, but I urge you try this with some seared Tuna.

    Seared Tuna, perfect with Pinot Noir

    Moving back to Europe, Cruz de Piedra Garnacha (€9.95 down from €13.95) is made with fruit selected from some very old vines in the Calatayud region of Northern Spain. Unlike many Spanish reds, this wine is completely unoaked, giving the gorgeous Grenache fruit a chance to shine on its own. It has a superb depth of spicy summer fruits (redcurrants, blackberries) on the palate which follow on from the ripe, fruity nose. Perfectly-weighted tannins and great length on the finish. This wine goes well with most Tapas but I think it really comes into its own when paired with a Paella Valenciana.

    The Meatier Paella Valenciana is a great match for the Garnacha.

    My last choice is a gorgeous, modern take on a Tuscan wine; Contrada (€11.95 down from €15.95) was created for the 'Contrade' of Siena as the pouring wine at their traditional banquets during the days of the 'Palio', a bareback horse race which has been run around the narrow city streets each July/August for more than 350 years.

    The wine was so successful it has become a part of San Felice's main portfolio. Mostly Merlot and Sangiovese with a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon, it has superbly juicy fruit with a mouth-watering wild cherry accent and very well-balanced acidity, a good quality stone-baked pizza is just what this wine is crying out for.

    The 'Palio' riders in full flight

  • Perfect Pink Wines

    As I write, the sun is beating through the office window, and with this in mind, I have decided to return to the topic of Rosé for my blog today.
    Regular readers will by now that I am a huge fan of Rosé wines, the main reason being that can be such good wines for food-matching, particularly with the grilled fish, barbecues and salads filling our tables just now.
    I have chosen four wines below which should illustrate what a wonderfully diverse wine style Rosé can be.
    The most classic region for Rosé has to be the South of France, so to start I am going with a new wine from the Languedoc region, Gérard Bertrand's  Hedonisme is a delicious, berry-scented, organic, dry-Rosé.  Bursting with fruit on the palate & quite full-bodied for a Rosé but all very well-balanced.

    A simple grilled chicken salad will allow Gérard Bertrand's Hedonisme Rosé to shine.

    We cross the Pyrenees into central Spain for my next choice, which is made from the most traditional grape used for Rosé; Garnacha (or Grenache in the south of France), but apart from the choice of grape variety, Naranjas Azules is anything but traditional.
    In the winery, these black Garnacha grapes are handled in exactly the same way as if making a white wine, yielding a very pale pink Rosé that remains deliciously crisp and dry. For food matches think tapas such as Seafood Paella or Prawns Pil-Pil.


    The name Naranjas Azules (Blue Oranges) is a reference to the un-expected and this un-orthodox method of winemaking, also un-expected, the eye-catching pink box doubles as a water-proof wine cooler!

    Next up is Italy and the region of Lake Garda in particular, Bertarose is a blend of the local grape variety Molinara and Merlot, both of which are grown on the gently sloping hills which sit above the Lake.

    Anyone who has visited this area will surely agree with me that this must be one of the most picturesque locations in which to grow grapes.
    I like to think that all this natural beauty can’t but have inspired the winemakers in delivering a rich, full-flavoured Rosé bursting with ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, this is a must try - a sumptuous Rosé that over-delivers in every way.

    Barbecued pork chops with a simple marinade of lemon and garlic would be the perfect partner for this wine.

    Molinara vines overlooking the Stunning lake Garda

    For my final selection, we have to head south, nearly 9,000km in fact to the South African region of Stellenbosch.
    It is here that Delheim craft their wonderfully exotic Rosé, using their national grape variety Pinotage and just a splash of Muscat. This wine sits firmly in the 'bursting with fruit' camp, just off-dry in style and packed with ripe raspberry and cherry flavours.

    All that fruit makes this wine a great match for lightly-spiced Asian dishes.
    If ever a wine deserved to be called ‘Sunshine in a Glass’ this is it!

    Delheim's beautiful Stellenbosch Estate

    All of the wines above are included in our buy one get one ½ price promotion all summer long.

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