Fun fact: September is the most common month for people to have their birthdays (with the holiday season nine months before we can’t say we’re surprised) so it is very likely that in the next few days you or someone you know is celebrating his or her day.
With this in mind, we have chosen three celebratory and palate pleasing wines that are ideal as a gift, whether for your host, the guest of honour or from you to yourself. By the way, if there are no birthday in your calendar, no worries, you can still get a bottle and make an occasion out of it!
Sacchetto Prosecco DOC Extra Dry
€19 – Available at Dunnes Stores
What gets a party started quicker than bubbles? This classic Prosecco is a lively and very bubbly spumante that offers a fresh and peachy taste.
Nectarines and white floral characters combine in an elegant fizz, ideal as an aperitivo.
Mülheimer Sonnenlay Riesling Zeppelin 2015
€16.99 – Available at Martins Off Licence, Mitchell and Son, The Corkscrew
This graceful beauty comes from one of Germany’s most highly regarded wine regions, Mosel. Light in alcohol but powerful in taste, it’s an off-dry and floral treat with just a hint of sweetness, beautifully balanced by the acidity to keep the tension.
Think apple blossom, eldelflowers, ripe citrus and steel. One to wow.
Norton D.O.C. Malbec
€13.95 (on offer from €18.95) – Available at O’Briens Wine
Thinking about serving meat? Follow this Argentinian’s advice. While Malbec has become so popular some bottles can feel a little bit generic, in the hands of a prestigious producers such as Norton one can enjoy a finer taste.
Juicy, ripe blackberries and black cherries introduce you to this plump red of moderate and smooth tannins. In the background, cocoa and sweet spices give depth.
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.