A series of selected Irish off-licences have become d’Arenberg Chester’s Champions. They have joined Febvre Wine Company in a special promotion for this top quality Australian wines during November and December and will be offering tastings and special prices on a range of d’Arenberg wines.
First started in 1912 in the McLaren Vale in South Australia, d’Arenberg is now led by Chester Osborn, the fourth generation of the family business, who produces over 60 wines with 25 different grape varieties. James Halliday’s 2017 edition of the Australian Wine Companion has given d’Arenberg a Five Star Rating and the Winery has been names a ‘Top Ten Best Value Winery’.
Chief Winemaker since 1984, Chester Osborn has developed a reputation for brazenly challenging convention, going against the grain and wearing absurdly loud shirts. D’Arenberg wines are known for their quirky names and interesting varietal blends and they are easily recognisable by the red stripe on the logo and label. Chester has always been passionate about discovering varieties that work well with the McLaren Vale terroir and has been instrumental in introducing many varieties to the region, including Marsanne, Rousanne, Tempranillo and Viognier.
More information darenberg.com.au
Febvre has partnered with 10 Independent Off-Licences across Ireland who will offer a range of d’Arenberg wines and will be known as: d’Arenberg Chester’s Champions. These Champions will carry a selection of d’Arenberg wines, create in-store visibility, host in-store tastings, run competitions and sell the wines at a special price. The main activity will run from October to December 2016.
These champions are:
MARTIN’S OFF LICENCE – DUBLIN
Award winning family run off licence With a carefully selected range of craft beers, fine wines and boutique Spirits.
Address: 11 Marino Mart, Clontarf, Dublin 3
Phone: (01) 833 2952
More info martinsofflicence.ie
Wine Agenda: Martin’s will be hosting a Wine Fair in their premises at 11 Marino Mart all evening on Friday the 2nd of December to celebrate the official opening of the Christmas season. Look out for the distinguished red stripe on d’Arenberg wines which are on special offer in store; be sure to taste them as their award-winning wines make a wonderful accompaniment to the Christmas Dinner!
SHIEL’S LONDIS – MALAHIDE
Shiel’s Londis of Malahide was established over 40 years ago and it has grown alongside the town ever since, offering a fantastic range of food and drink.
Address: Yellow Walls Road, Malahide
Phone: (01) 845 1511
More info: londis.ie
REDMOND’S OF RANELAGH – DUBLIN
Opened in 1943. Redmonds is a family owned business. “Our aim is to provide you with the finest wines, beers & spirits from around the world!”
Address: 25 Ranelagh Village, Dublin, Ireland
Phone: 01-4960552 / 01-4971739
More info: redmonds.ie
DONNYBROOK FAIR – DUBLIN
A gourmet food company dedicated to excellence. Known for their high standards and for giving customers the best quality food, drink and service.
Address:89 Morehampton Rd, Dublin 4
Phone:(01) 668 3556
More info: donnybrookfair.ie
THE WINE CENTRE – KILKENNY
This fantastic shop in the heart of Kilkenny City features a wealth of wines from around the world to suit all tastes.
Address: 15 John Street, Kilkenny City
Phone:(056) 772 2907
More info: thewinecentre.ie
Wine Agenda: Try d’Arenberg Chester’s Champions at the 18th Christmas Wine Fair in conjunction with the Kilkenny Lions Club on Friday, November 25th, 6.30 – 9.30pm at 15 John Street, Kilkenny.
O’DONOVAN’S OFF LICENCE – CORK
With 9 outlets in Cork City and County, O’Donovans offers customers a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits at great value prices.
Address: O’Donovan House, Courtstown Park, Little Island, Cork
Phone: (021) 429 6060
More info: odonovansofflicence.com
“Wines with personality” is their promise, and on this shop you’ll find a wide array of fine wines from the world’s top regions.
Address: 3 Middle St. Mews, Middle St., The Latin Quarter, Galway
Phone: (091) 533706
More info: woodberrys.ie
EGAN’S WINES – PORTLAOISE
Great shop, stocked with fine wines at great prices. At a very convenient location, great staff will be happy to look after you every time.
Address: Peppers Court, Portlaoise, Laois
Phone: (057) 866 6600
More info: eganswines.ie
McSWIGGANS – NORTHERN IRELAND
McSwiggans Convenience Store and Off-Licence features a great range of wines and food in an espacious and confortable environment.
Address: 96 Rainey Street, Magherafelt.
Phone: +44 28 796 33370
More info: mcswiggans.co.uk
Wine Agenda: McSwiggans in Magherefelt, Co Down are hosting their Christmas Wine Fair in their premises at 96 Rainey Street this Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd of December. Look out for the distinguished red stripe on d’Arenberg wines which are on special offer in store; be sure to taste them as their award-winning wines make a wonderful accompaniment to the Christmas Dinner!
FAIRLEYS WINES – NORTHERN IRELAND
Fairley’s Bar and Offsales is a fully functional Bar and Coffee house with a fully licensed outside area to the front, private lounge with fire place within.
Address: 62 Railway Road. Coleraine.
Phone: +44 28 7032 0047
More info: fairleys-wines.co.uk
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