By Lorcan O'Brien | Wine & Communications Manager
We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Virgin Media One’s ‘The Restaurant’ as 'Official Wine Partner' for the new season, with episode 5 airing Thursday 10th October 9pm. 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.
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!
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Check back each week for a first look at all the dishes and wines before the show airs and follow us on Twitter & Instagram with your thoughts and comments on the show and wine pairings. All the wines on the show can be found in your local O’Briens and online and all have special prices for the next few weeks!
Monasterio de Palazuelos Verdejo | Rueda, Spain
With a similar profile to a good herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc, this delicious Spanish white is made with the Verdejo grape. It has plenty of citrus and stone fruit, as well as wild herb and fennel aromatics. The clean, crisp palate and refreshing acidity makes it a great pairing for the rich and oily flavours of the scallops and black pudding.
Delightfully aromatic & richly textured, this is a dry, complex & fruit-driven Pinot Gris, offering delicious stone-fruit characters of nectarine, apricot and quince before a long fresh finish. The acidity of the wine will help cut through the richness of the pork belly.
Gaia Monograph Assyrtiko | Nemea, Greece
A delicious and bright Greek wine with refreshing acidity and a tropical & citrus fruit character before a distinct saline mineral finish. A young wine ideal for the meaty monkfish.