Drink: Liam Campbell... Autumnal rosés
Riven with indecision on what to drink - red or white? Then think pink. While rosé wines are made from black-skinned grapes, they are fermented more like a white wine and at cooler temperatures under 20°C and so are served cold. The attractive pale onion skin or salmon pink colour is created by leaving the fermenting grape juice in contact with the black skins for one to two days maximum to put a little blush in the wine's complexion. Rosé goes really well with pink food: salmon, trout, baked ham, rabbit casserole, crayfish, ratatouille and with spicy Japanese teriyaki and Thai noodle dishes.
1) Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Reserva 2014, Santa Digna, Miguel Torres, Valle Central, Chile 13.5pc
Intense fragrance of cassis is mirrored on the palate with pure blackcurrant, counterbalanced by leafy freshness to the opulent fruit.
Dublin at Molloy's Liquor Stores; Mitchell & Son; Jus De Vine; Deveney's, Rathmines; McHugh's and Sweeney's. Next Door Off-Licences, nationwide; Ardkeen Stores, Waterford; La Touche Wines, Greystones; Bradley's, Cork; Amber, Fermoy; O'Driscoll's, Ballinlough and 1601 Off-Licence, Kinsale;
€13.99 at thewineshop.ie.
2) Rosado 2013, Marqués de Riscal, DOCa Rioja, Spain 13.5pc
Rosé from Tempranillo, Spain's most widely planted grape. Sappy and vegetal with tongue-tingling acidity and an attractive rose-hip finish.
€13.99 at Next-door Off-Licences nationwide and Joyce's, Galway.
3) Torrontés Rosé 2014, Amaru, Valles Calchaquíes, Argentina 12.5pc
Perfumed with honey, pears and white blossom, yet dry. Very fruity with lychee and exotic fruits rippling over the taste buds.
€15.99 at Ardkeen Quality Foodstore, Waterford; Number 21 Off-Licence, Charleville; Stack's, Listowel; The Wine Well, Dunboyne and Carpenter's, Castleknock, Dublin.
4) Grenache Rosé 2014, Willunga 100, McLaren Vale, South Australia 13.5pc
A hint of strawberry fragrance is amplified on the palate with a delicious attack of wild strawberry flavours, excellent balance and satisfying finish.
€17.99 at worldwidewines.ie and wineonline.ie.
5) Rosa dei Masi 2013, IGT Venezie, Italy 12.5pc
Made from the local Refosco grape. Delicious, juicy flavours with redcurrant and cranberry freshness and a vegetal leafy finish.
€18.99 at Ardkeen Stores, Waterford; Fine Wines, Limerick; Nolan's, Clontarf; Redmond's, Ranelagh; Eldon's, Clonmel; Baggot Street Wines and O'Brien's Wines nationwide.
6) Vin Ruspo 2014, Capezzana, DOC Carmignano, Italy 13.5pc
Rosé made from Sangiovese, Cabernet and Canaiolo grapes. Intense and invigorating, bone dry and attractively austere and a very long sappy finish.
€19.99 at Thomas's of Foxrock; Donnybrook Fair; La Touche Wines, Greystones and wineonline.ie.
Mr Jeffares Blackcurrant Cordial
Vitamins C, A & B never tasted so good. No added sugar or colouring, this natural cordial from the Ballykelly farm in Wexford is a fruity Irish alternative to add to salad dressings, cocktails, sparkling water or just add a few drops to a white wine.
RRP €5.99, widely available nationwide, including SuperValu.