Cuddling Wines for cosy nights
Back to school time. Enjoy keenly priced wines with a French accent - perfect for cosy nights indoors.
1) Chardonnay Brut 2013, Crémant du Jura, Philippe Michel, Jura 12pc
Bone dry and bracingly lemony. Perfect for cocktails: in a tall tumbler pour over a lump of sugar, two sprigs of mint and sliced fruit for a fizzing Julep (a Savoy cocktail recipe 1920s-1930s).
€10.79 at Aldi nationwide.
2) Chardonnay 2014, (Organic) Domaine du Chateau d'Eau, Pays d'Oc 13pc
Lively and stimulating lemon and zesty palate. Try with fish and chips.
€12.99 from J&C Kenny at Cappagh Stores, Knocknacarra; Ardkeen Stores, Waterford and No. 21 Off-licences Group: Waterford, Carrick-on-Suir, Midleton, Charleville, Blarney, Ballincollig and Coburg Street, Cork.
3) Viognier 2015, Pennautier, Pays d'Oc 12.5pc
Seductive apricot and peach. Have with nibbles.
€14.99 at independent off-licences including MacGuinness, Dundalk; The Grapevine, Glasnevin; Hole in the Wall, Parkgate Street; Deveney's, Dundrum and Redmond's, Ranelagh.
4) Chatelaine 2015, Saint Auriol, Corbieres 12.5pc
Honeysuckle scented and ripe golden fruit flavours. Serve with sausage rolls.
€12.99 reduced to €10 from September 1 in French Wine Fair at SuperValu nationwide.
5) Marius Red 2015 by Michel Chapoutier, Pays d'Oc 13.5pc
Rich and ripe black berries spiked with pepper. Match with Hungarian goulash.
€12.99 in Dublin: Mitchell's; Cork's; Hole in the Wall and Old Orchard. O'Connor's, Nenagh; Londis, Castledermot; Leonard's, Trim; Bradley's, Cork; O'Driscoll's, Ballinlough; Amber, Fermoy; No.21, Midleton and Ardkeen Stores, Waterford.
6) Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, (Organic) Domaine du Chateau d'Eau, Pays d'Oc 13pc
Intense with classic blackcurrant spiced with white pepper. Crumble burgers over spaghetti with a cheese sauce.
€11.99 from J&C Kenny at Cappagh Stores; Ardkeen Stores and No 21 Off-licence Group.
7) 1620 Malbec 2014, Lorgeril, Pays d'Oc 12.5pc
Gently peppered blackberry palate. Do a duet with a Fondue Bourguignonne.
€14.99 at independent off-licences including MacGuinness; The Grapevine; Hole in the Wall; Deveney's and Redmond's.
8) Homage du Rhône 2015, Vinsobres 14.5pc
Deep layers of black fruits and a mineral graphite edge. Serve with a hearty beef and onion pie.
€15.99 reduced to €10 from September 1 in French Wine Fair at SuperValu nationwide.
9) Hautes Terres Rouges 2011, Chateau des Auzines, Languedoc 13.5pc
Delicious ripe dark fruit, silky smooth with a tar and menthol finish. Flash-fry a venison steak with porcini mushrooms.
€14.95 at O'Brien's nationwide
The Full Irish Single Malt IPA, Eight Degrees Brewing, Mitchelstown 6pc
Exotic tropical and citrus fruits with a digestive biscuit finish. Perfect with a toasted sandwich of smoked bacon and cheese. Awarded Best IPA from Ireland at the 2016 World Beer Awards.
€2.80-€2.95/330ml at O'Donovan's, Galvin's and Bradley's, Cork; Amber, Fermoy; Carry Out, Mallow and Daybreak Clerihan, Clonmel. In Dublin: Molloy's; D6; McHugh's; Martin's; Fresh; Blackrock Cellar; Baggot Street Wines. Nationwide: O'Brien's.