Press Recommended Festive Wines

Press Recommended Festive Wines

By Lynne Coyle MW | O'Briens Wine Director

If you are still looking for inspiration for wine choices over the Christmas and New year holidays, here is a roundup of some of our press recommended wines over the last few weeks. From the every- day to those special holiday bottles, there should be something to surprise and delight for this festive season. Everyone at O’Briens would like to wish our customers and suppliers and their families a happy, safe and relaxing Christmas and best wishes for 2021.


Beaumont de Crayères NV Champagne


"Perfect Christmas morning aperitif, after preparing the veg. Abundant bubbles, with peach, citrus zest, and toasted brioche aromas. Great freshness, with motes of honey, toasted almond, and grapefruit on the palate."


Mathew Nugent, The Sun

Ken Forrester Old Vine Chenin Blanc Reserve 2019


"This is a seductive medium-bodied white with plush, creamy peach fruits, offset by a seam of refreshing citrus acidity. Drink with prawns, scallops, tomato and bean stews and turkey."


John Wilson, The Irish Times

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé 'Le Clos' 2018


"Rich, complex, long with layers of flavour, sensitively oaked, intense but elegant. Beautifully crafted.


Tom Doorley, Irish Mail on Sunday

Lingenfelder Bird Label Riesling


"This has pleasing floral peach and ripe apple aromas and a touch of sweetness on first taste that is nicely balanced by crisp lemony acidity. The Lingenfelders started making wine 13 generations ago and have rather perfected it by now- this is a great match for cheese and for spicy dishes such as Thai green curry."


Aoife Carrigy, Irish Independent


Alma Godello


"From picturesque Monterrei in Galicia, this is from the wonderfully expressive Godello grape which has great complexity for the low price, confit pear and apple fruits on the palate with a pleasing creamy texture balanced by acidity and stony freshness that can even cope with brussels sprouts."


Leslie Williams, The Irish Examiner

Leyda Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2018

"Terrific value elegant Pinot with attractive fruit and subtle spiciness that would be perfect chilled with some salmon. 91/100 points."


Martin Moran, The Sunday Times

Tenute Rubino Punta Aquila Primitivo 2017

"This is a typical Primitivo from Puglia. Add a substantial glass to a big pot of beef chilli and enjoy the rest as an accompaniment. The subtle, underlying chocolatey spicy and rich juicy fruit would be an excellent counterbalance to the tongue-tingling heat."


Cathal McBride, Sunday Business Post

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