Friday, March 4, 2011

News for March....

Real Wine – Real Deals

With the election finally over and Fine Gael and Labour going though the motions to put together the basis for a government who can hopefully pull the country back from the abyss, we have put together some wines whose personalities eerily reflect some of the politicians we will have to look at for the next few years….*

*No analogies have been tortured in the making of this newsletter.

St. Michael Eppan Pinot Bianco 2009 (was €17.50 – now €14)
I have tasted this with a number of restaurant accounts recently and it is drinking extremely well. Surprisingly full-bodied, with crisp clear fruit and a long mineral finish. Slightly left of centre, but with great appeal. Eamon Gilmore.

Verus Chardonnay 2008 – Slovenia (was €19 now €14)
Slovenian Chardonnay is never going to be an easy sell and when this came in first, we were a little worried about it. However, it has settled down really well and showed brilliantly when we finally tried it again last week. Enda Kenny.

Chateau Larzac, Coteaux de Languedoc 2006 (was €13 now €10)
Medium-bodied, smooth and harmonious, this blend of Syrah and Grenache is brilliant value. A great crowd pleaser. Richard Bruton.

“Le Garagiste” St. Emilion Grand Cru 2005 (was €25 now €19)
A classic with a modern twist, this is made by Chateau Teyssier. Full-bodied, quite rich, but very smooth. A reliable performer. Ruairi Quinn.

Sasta by Niepoort, Portugal (was €16 now €13)
Wacky label, but the wine is actually quite sensible. Is this the future? Ming the Merciless.

St. Patrick’s Day
Our 12th Birthday is almost upon us, so we will have the usual range of great deals and tastings happening in the shop on St. Patrick’s Day. Call down to us to celebrate with a glass of wine and a great deal. As a bonus, anyone who comes in on the day and spends €50 or more will be entered into a draw to win a 5 litre (yes 5 LITRE) bottle of Sasta by Niepoort – that’s the one with the special Irish St. Patrick-inspired label.

Early Notice – Champagne Tasting
We will be hosting a champagne tasting of boutique champagne producer Bruno Paillard on Thursday, April 20th. Details will follow closer to the time but put the date in the diary.

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