The Restaurant | Virgin Media One | Episode 2 featuring Celebrity Chef, Demi Issac Oviawe

The Restaurant | Virgin Media One | Episode 2 featuring Celebrity Chef, Demi Issac Oviawe

By Lynne Coyle, Master of Wine | O'Briens Wine Director

Our Wine Director, Master of Wine Lynne Coyle worked closely with the restaurant team to pair each exciting dish on the celebrity’s menus with a unique and delicious wine from the O’Briens portfolio of over 800 exclusive wines. Check out last week's blog when Devin Toner was feeling the heat in the kitchen. During service, the celebrities get instant feedback in the kitchen to their menu from remote cameras and microphones covering the dining room. So, the pressure was on for Lynne to choose wines that would not only match the food but also delight the diners by enhancing their overall experience!

Food Match: Beef Suya Skewers

Casa de Uco El Salvaje Malbec

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Style:Smooth Supple Red

Grape: Malbec

RRP: €19.95 down to €16.95


"Demi has chosen a powerful starter, beef so It has to be a Malbec there is no alternative in my view. It is a rich plumy concentrated Malbec, Casa de Uco El Salvaje Malbec from Argentina, and goes beautifully with the beef skewers. This starter is big, and you need something big to match it and this wine is big!"- Wine Director, Lynne Coyle MW


Maipo Valley, Chile

Style:Aromatic Fruity White

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

RRP: €14.94 down to €12.95



"This Chilean Sauvignon from Chocalán a very vivacious, with loads of aromas on the nose, but more importantly this wine is crisp, refreshing and acidic on the palate which cuts through the scotch egg and balances everything perfectly." Wine Director, Lynne Coyle MW


Food Match: Scotch Eggs with Clonakilty Pudding 

Food Match: Jollof Rice with Chicken

Occitaine, France

Style:Skin Contact Orange

Grape: Viognier,Muscat, Mauzac,Marsanne,Grenache Blanc,Chardonnay

RRP: €21.95 down to €19.75


"Demi's Jollof Chicken dish, an exotic dish called for an exotic wine. This is an orange wine but a skin contact wine, the grapes are white, but the skin and juice are in contact for an extended period, giving it a beautiful golden color. It is a rich, concentrated wine and goes beautifully with a spicy chicken dish." Wine Director, Lynne Coyle MW


Kamptal, Austria

Style: Juicy Lively Red

Grape:Pinot Noir

RRP: € 29.95 down to 26.95


"I wanted a lighter red to go with Demi's Swallow Soup so, I went with Pinot Noir. This is Rabl Pinot Noir from Austria, this Pinot Noir has so many fruit notes, but is well known for its tannins, they are quite silky and soft. So, if you are looking for a lighter red to go with food, Pinot Noir is always a great option and I think that these two matches really well."- Wine Director, Lynne Coyle MW


Food Match: Swallow Soup Spinach Style Beef & Veg with Onion

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Lynne Coyle MW is O’Briens Wine Director and sources and selects our wine and Champagne range. One of only 420 Masters of Wine worldwide, she has dedicated her career to the food and drinks industry. Lynne also writes, judges at international wine competitions, is a Wine & Spirit Education Trust Certified Educator and makes her own wines in Spain.