Take two wines
Domaine St Gayan Rasteau 2007 — great concentration and punch, with sweet red fruits and a warming spicy lift. 14pc alc.
€16.50 Available from The Wineshop.ie; Next Door, Sundrive; Callans, Dundalk; 1601, Kinsale; Redmonds, Ranelagh; Martin’s, Fairview; Wicklow Arms, Delgany; Avoca; The Parting Glass, Enniskerry; Next Door, The Forum, Waterford; Sweeneys, Glasnevin; Mac’s, Limerick; Wine Boutique, Ringsend; Lord Mayor’s, Swords; Next Door, Ballyshannon; Searson’s, Monkstown.
Caves de Rasteau Côtes du Rhône Villages 2007 — a full-on (14.5pc alc) but balanced wine from a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. It’s a good partner for red meat roasts and casseroles. €10.99 Available from O’Briens.