A French Wine Made by An Irish Woman to Enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day

The list of Irish people who’ve left their mark in wineries across the world is long and filled with successful stories. Often referred to as the Wine Geese, these adventurous merchants and winemakers are not just memories of the past as nowadays the dream of leaving the Emerald Isle to craft wines in different regions is alive and well.

For this St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen a wine of the week that celebrates both Ireland and France.

Sarabande MisteriosoSarabande Misterioso is made by Carlow woman Isla Gordon and her husband Paul, who arrived to the Languedoc, France in 2009 with the plan to start making wine together. They shared their story in an interview where Isla commented about how they met in New Zealand and eventually moved to the South of France and started to make wines in their 6.5 hectares vineyard tucked away in the Cevennes foot hills.

The wine itself is a vibrant blend of Grenache with some Syrah and Mourvèdre, a typical combination in the region. Its name translates as “mysterious” in Spanish and it offers aromas and flavours of ripe sour cherries and cranberries, complemented by a delicate earthy note and subtle herbaceous character. Its fruity, juicy and generous, with medium body and moderate tannins.

Sarabande Misterioso is available at O’Briens Wines at €13.95, on offer from €16.95.


Gaby ProfileGabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.

Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.

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