As autumn settles in, the amount of wine events and tastings going on in Dublin multiplies. This week we’ve had the opportunity to taste wines from some of Dublin’s top retailers and independent importers and we have have gathered a trio of recommendations that will surely go down a treat this weekend.
Chablis Grand Vin de Bourgogne Recolte
€19 – Available exclusively at Dunnes Stores
This crisp and balanced Chablis comes from the historical vines of the Michaut Family in the Chablis region, in Northern Burgundy and it’s part of the Simply Better range at Dunes Stores.
Bright and sharp, it combines aromas of ripe lemons, green apples and white flowers, on the palate, these are complemented by a pleasant minerality and a moderate, refreshing acidity.
As part of the retailer’s French wine range, this wine is currently on offer, buy 6 bottles or more and get 25% back.
Secret de Viu Manent Viognier
€17.95 – Available at Baggot Street Wines
Chile’s Colchagua Valley is one of the country’s top terroirs, earning a reputation for world class fine wines. Viu Manent is a family run winery that produces sustainable quality wines.
This white made from Viognier is an unusual and delightful treat from a variety known for its floral character and often seen in bottles from the Rhone Valley. Aromas of white peach, nectarines, eldelflower and orange blossom combine in this medium bodied and juicy glass.
Smart Dog Syrah
€9.95 (on offer from 14.95) – Available at O’Briens Wine
This fruity and friendly red from Portugal offers more than just a funny label. It’s light bodied and with all you know and love about fruity youthful reds: expect a festival of berries and the pleasant spiciness of Shiraz.
Taste wise, blackberries and ripe cranberries and red plums are met by cinnamon and a peppery touch, its tannins are on the soft side and feel smooth, filling your palate with a berrific collection of flavours.
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.