Fashion consultant Gail Montgomery picks colours to suit her mood
It's white for a night out and red for a night in for Gail Montgomery, who works at Macleod Agencies in Dublin. Her favourite grape variety is Sauvignon Blanc, particularly in the form of Sancerre, or most of all as New Zealand's cult Cloudy Bay, "because it's gorgeous".
As her husband is a beer man, Gail chooses the wine at home, typically spending about €15 on a bottle. "The most I ever spent was €70 when we were on our honeymoon. You have to spoil yourself on special occasions like that."
On a fun night out with the girls, she says another New Zealand favourite, Nautilus, "will always get the secrets flowing". Gail enjoys a glass of wine at home on a Friday night while watching a film and her comfort tipple is a glass or two of Merlot. "I don't tend to drink wine with my dinner unless I am out or it's a special occasion."
She buys her wine from Oddbins in Blackrock. "They are great at recommendations and really helpful when buying as a gift. Dining out, I'd generally order house wine but it depends on the occasion and how recently pay day has been.
"I've never had to send wine back in a restaurant, but I brought a few bottles back to a supermarket as they were corked when I got them home," she continues. "Unfortunately the last time it happened was the night before my best friend's wedding, so we had to go to bed without a good luck toast."
When it comes to favourite wine moments, romantic or otherwise, Gail says she has "too many to mention that involve long girly chats. As my husband drinks beer there are not too many romantic wine moments in our house. But there have been funny moments, like the night in January when, after drinking a few bottles with my best friend, we decided it would be a great idea to head out to make a snowman in Blackrock park at 2am."
Gail says she would never bother taking the car to France to buy wine. "My mum researched it when we were organising our wedding and it wasn't going to work out much cheaper, as the local off-licence were offering the wine we wanted on sale, so that was good value."