The first weekend of the year has finally arrived! After a week or readjusting back on our desks, we look forward to some me time. If like us, you’ve made it a new year’s resolution to try new things this year, surely a glass of something different will be a brilliant way to start. Below, three wines for the weekend to invite you explore less famous regions and varieties…
Via Arxentea 2016
€16.95 – Available at Baggot Street Wines, 64 Wines, Sweeney’s
A blend of local white grapes (Treixadura and Godello) from Monterrei, a region located in Galicia, Spain (not very far from Albarino contry, Rias Baixas).
Very aromatic and medium bodied, it is nectarines and crisp green apples, inviting on the nose and balanced and plump on the palate. A good companion to rich white fish such as cod as well as chicken.
Lingenfelder Fox Label Dornfelder 2010
€15.95 – Available at O’Briens Wine
This delightful red from the German region of Pfalz is 100% Dornfelder, a hybrid grape developed in the country a few decades ago.
It has soft tannins and a combination of ripe red fruit (think cherries and cranberries), baking spices and an earthy character. While not a young wine anymore, it retains a pleasant juicy fruitiness.
Delgado Zuleta La Goya Manzanilla
€9.95 – Available at Green Man Wines, 64 Wines
Manzanilla Sherries are a type of fino produced in Sanlúcar de Barrameda where the sea’s influence is stronger than in the rest of Jerez.
Dry as a desert, it’s a mouth watering and nutty wine that simply opens the appetite. Aromas of toasted baguette, seawater and salted almonds, with a delicate herbal note.
Gabriela’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.