By Lorcan O'Brien | Wine & Communications Manager
Travel plans to Italy may be curtailed for the foreseeable future, but you can still live la dolce vita with a great value Italian wine from the O'Briens Italian Wine Sale. Starting today, and running until St Patrick's Day, there is up to 40% off our entire Italian wine range! No better time to pick up a great bottle of vino for your favourite Italian food.
This delicious Prosecco joined our portfolio in response to our customers looking for more Organic and Vegan options and our wine team constantly moving towards more sustainable options. Proverbio Prosecco has a fine bead of refreshing bubbles, with the typical aromatic nose offered by the Glera grape variety. The palate is soft and fresh, offering zippy acidity and a complex array of primary fruit flavours, including peach, pear, apricot and a hint of banana.
Food Pairing: This is enjoyable on its own as an aperitif but also pairs wonderfully with seafood risotto.
The last time Il Volpetto Chianti Riserva was on special, Tom Doorley made this his Wine of the Week:
"Down from €19.95, this is the bargain of the week! A savoury, classic Italian red with dark cherry fruit, a fine acidic backbone, supple tannins and lovely length. Great with a roast and tastes even posher with some gamey venison." - Tom Doorley, Irish Daily Mail
And we fully agree- it's wonderful to have a solid go-to Chianti that can always be relied upon. Consistently brilliant and currently has 40% off, down to €11.95! Made by award-winning winemaker Stefano Chioccioli, this is modern Chianti at its best. Packed full of sour cherry, red-berry fruits, a nice touch of oak and silky smooth: a superb modern and well-made wine that will appeal to everyone, not just fans of Italian reds.
Food Pairing: This is the classic match for Italian meat dishes, such as ragú Bolognaise or stuffed Aubergines.
A few months ago I described the Passito Method for producing rich, robust red wines. The most famous wine made by this technique is Amarone from Valpolicella, in northern Italy. These are expensive wines to both produce and buy, but our wine team managed to hunt down the incredible value Tajapiera Amarone. Deep and vibrant ruby 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 finish.
Food Pairing: A bold wine like this needs an equally robust dish, so why not try your hand at classic Italian dish, Osso Buco- a rich, slow cooked recipe that uses veal shin (although the sublime quality of Irish beef works just as well) on the bone. The bone marrow melts into the broth to give a wonderfully rich, warming stew. Serve on a bed of Saffron Risotto.
Rizzardi Munus has consistently been one of our most popular Italian wines for years now, and it's easy to see why. Coming from the venerable Rizzardi-Guerrieri winery, this has abundant dark berry fruit aromas and toasty complexity from 12 months ageing in high-quality French barriques. The medium-bodied palate is smoothly textured offering vibrant acidity and crunchy bramble fruit flavours.
Food Match: Pair this with a classic roast lamb or beef lunch. Perfect time to stock up for that special Easter meal perhaps?
There are over 90 wines with up to 40% off in the O'Briens Italian Wine Sale until Tuesday 17th March 2020. So, drop in to your local O'Briens Wines where are friendly staff will gladly pick that perfect bottle. Or shop online.
Please note: All prices correct at time of publication. For the most up to date prices please contact your local store or online.