A different wine to suit every season
Jonas Treffers spent his first Irish New Year's Eve in the Dublin Mountains with his wife, overlooking the city and drinking Laurent Perrier Rosé Champagne.
"It was freezing cold but enjoyable," says the general manager of The Village at Lyons restaurant complex in Celbridge, Co Kildare.
Champagne is the couple's tipple of choice on any special night out, "as my wife is very fond of the bubbles", he says.
Jonas is usually a red wine man, "but there are certain whites I also love", and it often depends on what he's eating. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, Argentina's signature red variety, Malbec are the grapes he most enjoys.
With Merlot as a top choice, it is hardly surprising that he nominates Château Cheval Blanc, the famed St Emilion red wine, as his favourite. "I had the pleasure of drinking this beautiful wine in the vineyard itself. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for sure," he says.
Jonas usually spends about €20 on a weekend bottle. For a comforting everyday winter red he might opt for a Gaillac from south-west France, while in summer he likes a white from Italy or Sicily "to try and recreate that holiday feeling".
His biggest wine splurge was on a bottle of Bordeaux's most revered sweetie, Château d'Yquem; a gift for his dad, so "I didn't get to taste in the end -- great pity!"
Jonas is a fan of buying wine in France. "Any day of the week, I would drive to France to buy wine -- there's never enough space in the car on the way back."