“Press Pack” Case of Six
Our “Press Pack” is a round up of some of the wines on our shelves that have been recently featured by prominent Irish wine critics – John Wilson, Corinna Hardgrave and Leslie Williams or have been discussed by Master of Wine (one of three in Ireland) Mick O’Connell on the Moncrieff show on Newstalk radio.
Our 6 bottle selection, which we will continue to update, covers an array of grape varieties, winemaking styles and price points – in other words a wine for every occasion!
Tuffeau, Blanc de Blancs Nature, Loire Valley, France, 11%
“For something a bit different, this sparkling Chardonnay from the Loire has a crown cap closure and is deliciously refreshing with zesty flavours of apple and a touch of citrus” – Corinna Hardgrave, The Irish Independent, February 2020
Cantine Rallo ‘Ciello Bianco’ 2019, Sicily, Italy, 12%
Made from organically grown Cataratto grapes which is often used as a workhorse in Sicily but if used carefully can brim with fragrance and fruit. Peach, apricot and lemon oil aromas, textured and creamy with herbal notes and a bright fresh finish” – Leslie Williams, The Irish Examiner, March 2020
Le Grappin, ‘Du Grappin’ 2018, Beaujolais-Villages, France, 12%
“This would definitely count as a natural wine, so it is organic viniculture and they are very very hands-off in the winery. In order to make wines like this very very clean, natural wine you have to be so pedantic in the winery and Andrew is. He follows a method called the Jules Chauvet method…….. In terms of style this is light and bright, just so crunchy and tart …its a very refreshing red wine. One of those wines that is super flexible with food and particularly good with different cheeses. Beaujolais Villages is something we all should be drinking more of.” – Mick O’Connell, Movies & Booze, Newstalk Radio
Domaine de Gramenon, “Poignee de Raisins” 2019, Côtes du Rhone, France, 13%
“A delicious wine with layers of perfectly ripe fleshy red fruit, perked up by a fine acidity. Medium to full bodied, rounded and brimming with flavour. Serve with a really good burger or a lamb braise” – John Wilson, The Irish Times, October 2020
Hacienda Lopez de Haro, Crianza, Rioja, Spain, 13.5%
“This is a producer from the northern part of Rioja, often the star of the show in Rioja is the oaking, so with this it is 18 months in American oak and you get that kind of vanilla and almost coconut feel from this wine from the oaking. You also get that red berry from the tempranillo grape – it is almost like strawberries and cream, which is why these wines are so velvety and easy to drink. Ireland is the 9th biggest export market for Rioja, we love Rioja in Ireland. This style suits the Irish palate and really works with the style of food that we do such as beef and venison a great wine for every kind of occasion” – Mick O’Connell, Movies & Booze, Newstalk Radio
Fernando Principiano, Dosset Vino Rosso Dolcetto 2018, Piedmont, Italy, 10.5%
“Very light and refreshing, with lively juicy red fruits; alpine strawberries, raspberries and red cherries. Serve cool, not chilled. A nice party wine” – John Wilson, Irish Times, September 2020