By Lynne Coyle MW | O'Briens Wine Director
While the world of wine is still very much a male dominated one, a growing number of women are making strides in vineyards across the world. They’re instigating change, creating fantastic wines and leading the way for the next generation of wine-makers. In celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, we wanted to highlight the work of these pioneering women and asked some of the O’Briens team to select their favourite wines from female winemakers.
Wine Maker: Lynne Coyle, Master of Wine
Recommended By : Katrina McEvoy, O'Briens Wines Direct Sales Teams
"Rós Rosé is made by O’Briens Wine Director, Lynne Coyle & Alicia Eyaralar of Bodega Tandem. The grapes come from a sustainably farmed two -hectare plot of old Garnacha vines & the wine is made following minimal intervention practises. I love the elegant design on the label, inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it is definitely a point of difference if looking for a beautiful bottle of wine as a gift for someone special.
"Katrina’s Tasting Note: Classic strawberry and raspberry aromas on the nose, the palate it is dry with ripe berry fruit and refreshing acidity.
Katrina’s Food Match: Vegetable & Seafood Tapas
Wine Makers Lynne Coyle (Master of Wine and O’Briens Wine Director) & Alicia Eyaralar of Bodega Tandem.
Winemaker Delphine Glangetas from Domaine de L'Ostal
Minervois, France 2018/19
Wine Maker: Delphine Glangetas
Recommended By : Carmel Carroll, Store Manager O’Briens Wines Ardkeen
“I tasted this wine for the first time shortly after I joined the O’Brien’s team in 2017. I was hooked straight away. The wine comes from JM Cazes who are owners of Château Lynch-Bages in Bordeaux. Although the wine is made in the Languedoc, it is aged in oak casks from the Bordeaux estate, which adds to its’ credence. The magnum is drinking really well and makes a great gift for a dinner party.”
Carmel's Tasting Note: Rich and dense, it is loaded with dark fruit and spice, the lingering dry finish makes it a great flexible food wine.
Carmel's Food Match: Gorgeous with slow cooked lamb or beef.
Stellenbosch , South Africa, 2022
Wine Maker: CEO & Winemaker Nora Sperling
Recommended By : Emma Kruger, Store Assistant Manager O’Briens Wines Galway
"I had always believed that I was never going to like roses until I had the pleasure of trying this stunningly crisp and juicy Delheim Pinotage rosé by chance, not only had I fallen in love with its decadent almost fruit basket like aromas and taste but after learning about the Delheim estate it only made my admiration for this wine grow stronger. In addition to the Delheim estate practicing sustainable farming as to not damage the beautiful land around them but the support they give their workers and people living on their estate is phenomenal. This rose was an easy pick for me aside from the stunning quality and mouth watering taste but because of the love and care I know is put into it."
Emma's Tasting Note: A radiant pink hue with aromas of pomegranate, cranberry and cherries with hints of floral notes, the palate is juicy, fresh and crisp with hints of succulent strawberry, grapefruit and other sweet berries.
Emma's Food Pairing: Beautifully enjoyed with Seasonal salads, fresh fish and chicken.
CEO & Winemaker Nora Sperling
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