Top Organic Wines To Try This Weekend

By Lorcan O'Brien | Wine Content Specialist

The Irish summer has finally arrived, so before you blink and miss it, the O'Briens Wine team have picked four delicious organic wines to recommend for outdoor dining this week. From bright and crisp Italian rosé to a Spanish red to chill on a warm day, there is something here to suit every taste.

 

Postcards from Italy Organic Rosé

Veneto, Italy

RRP: €15.95, NOW: €11.96

 

Postcards from Italy is brand new to the O'Briens Wine range and combines two of the summer's most popular wine styles: Pinot Grigio and Rosé. What's not to love?

The skin of the Pinot Grigio grape has a grey-pink tint, so it naturally lends to making a rosé when the skins are steeped in the grape juice. This wine comes from a family winemaking project, headed by Roberto Pasqua of of our Musella Winery partners in Italy's Veneto region. The quirky label is a fond representation of retro Italian posters; stylish, elegant and eye catching. Postcards from Italy is dry, crisp and elegant with soft aromas of peach and apricot and a subtle note of ripe melon on the finish balanced by crisp acidity.

 

Food Match: Rosé and Pinot Grigio are quintessential light al fresco dining wine styles, so try this with a fresh seafood risotto.

 


Luzón No Added Sulphur

Jumilla, Spain

RRP: €13.95, NOW: €10.95

 

Bodegas Luzón was established in 1916 and specialises in growing Jumilla´s local Monastrell grape variety. The estate is now owned by the Fuertes Family, who have invested heavily in the vineyards and winery.
The climate in this part of Spain is Mediterranean, with a dry, sunny growing season. This helps the grapes remain healthy, disease free and allows for easier implementation of sustainable farming practices. Bodegas Luzón No Added Sulphur is fruit driven with juicy bramble fruit flavours. The tannins are well-integrated and overall the wine is fresh and balanced. This wine is made without the addition of any sulphur- the only sulphites in this wine have occurred naturally during fermentation.

 

Food Match: This is a juicy unoaked Monastrell that is delicious lightly chilled on a warm day (14-15°C). Enjoy with chorizo and Manchego cheese.

 


Domaine Begude Etoile

Limoux, France

RRP: €21.95, NOW: €18.95

 

Domaine Begude is a boutique family-run organic estate in France's Limoux region, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains. This elevated location helps to moderate the hot Languedoc summer and allows the Burgundian grape varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to thrive on the estate.

This stunning organic, barrel-fermented Chardonnay is a long time favourite amongst our customers and staff alike. Rich and flavoursome with notes of toasted brioche, ripe red apple & golden pear complemented by vanilla and cream from the oak fermentation. Lees ageing adds a silky and rich mouthfeel.

This wine is made in a very similar style to premium white Burgundy and would effortlessly stand shoulder to shoulder with many of the more expensive wines from that prestigious region.

 

Food Match: The richness of the palate on this wine would be perfect with pork steak served with a rich tarragon and cream sauce.

 


Lunaria Coste di Moro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Abruzzo, Italy

RRP: €19.95, NOW: €16.95

 

Cantina Orsogna is an exciting cooperative winery of over 500 members, based in the mountainous Abruzzo region of eastern Italy. They have been organic certified for over 30 years and then in 2005 31 of the grape growing members took the step of farming their land biodynamically, and it is from these Demeter-certified vineyards that the grapes for the Lunaria range are sourced.
Coste di Moro is made from 100% Montepulciano grapes, a variety that is becoming increasingly popular due to its bright fruit flavours and silky tannins. The juice is left to ferment naturally using wild, ambient yeasts. This wine is deep ruby red in colour, with a pronounced nose of black cherries and a nice toasty complexity from the oak ageing. The palate is fairly full-bodied with concentrated black fruit notes combined with cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla giving a long, fruity finish.

 

Food Match: Montepulciano makes a great food match for classic tomato-based Italian dishes, such as Spaghetti Bolognaise or Pizza.

 


Lorcan is O’Briens Wine Content Specialist, charged with spreading the wine word and keeping our customers and staff up to date with news of our wines and winemakers through his dedicated and passionate writing. Previously an O’Briens store Manager, Lorcan has written about wine in Ireland and Spain and is currently studying for the WSET Diploma. In his spare time Lorcan hosts wine tastings, blogs about wine and judges in wine competitions.


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