Wine: Some Christmas crackers
Katherine Donnelly's selection of wines for your Christmas table.
Okhre Organic Cava Brut Nature
Get into the mood with a Champagne-method sparkler from Spain. Dry as a bone, with the zippiest lemon and lime flavours. Great fizz at less a tenner, and organic to boot. 12pc alc. €9.29 Available from Marks & Spencer.
Pena de Pato Vinho Verde 2009
Perfect for the party, with only 11pc alc and crunchy green-apple and lively citrus flavours, with a clean finish. €6.99 (offer price) Available from Dunnes Stores.
Karu Merlot 2009
Upfront, plummy fruit in a super party red from organically minded producers in Chile. €6.49 (offer price) Available from O’Briens.
Château Sainte-Marie Réserve Entre-deux-Mers 2009
Classy white Bordeaux from a stellar vintage, at a down-to-earth price. Full-flavoured with a generous finish; a classic Sauvignon Blanc, given weight and smoothness from Semillon, and a touch of floral Muscadelle to top it off. Gorgeous on its own, or enjoy with fish, shellfish or white meat dishes. 12.5pc alc. €11.95 per bottle (minimum order case of 12, which may be mixed) Available from fromvineyardsdirect.ie.
Héroes Malbec 2009
Nothing like a lush Malbec to take the edge off winter. Here, sweet dark berries, tinged with liquorice, backed up with plenty of structure, make for a perfect partner to red meat and gutsy vegetarian fare. 13.5pc alc. €9.99 Widely available in independent off-licences.
Laroche Punto Alto Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from the New World, such as Australia, New Zealand and Chile, hits the spot with its succulent fruitiness and soft tannins. This wellstructured, smooth and spicy Chilean (from a well-known Chablis producer) is packed with luscious, smoky, cherry flavours and will step up to the plate with anything from salmon and chicken to duck and lamb. 14.5pc alc €18.99 Available from Brian Barry, Midleton; Terroirs, Donnybrook; Wine Boutique, Ringsend; Adare Beverages, Galway; Coasters, Limerick.