Take two wines
Warre’s Otima 10-year-old Tawny
Mellowed layers of nuts, toffee, dried fruit, spice and its super-fresh bite make this a favourite with blue cheese, or on it own. 20pc alc €22.99 (50cl) Available from Thomas Deli, Foxrock; Redmonds, Ranelagh; Bin No. 9, Clonskeagh; Wicklow Arms, Delgany; Sweeney’s, Glasnevin; McCabes, Mount Merrion; The Gables, Foxrock; Donnybrook Fair, O’Donovan’s, Cork; Superquinn and select Supervalu stores.
Chianti Gineprone 2007
A touch of class at great value from Italy’s famous Col d’Orcia house. Smooth and slightly smoky, combining cherries and plums with Sangiovese notes. Mediumbodied, and even with 14pc alc, showing great restraint. Elisabeth’s choice with the Milleens, but it wouldn't survive in my house until the cheese is served. €14.95 Available from Sheridans, Galway and Dublin; John R’s, Listowel; Vanilla Pod, Killarney; Lettercollum Kitchen Project, Clonakilty; Rua, Castlebar; Vanilla Grape, Kenmare; Mitchell & Son, Dublin CHQ & Glasthule; Marlay Wine Shop, Rathfarnham.
Vina Leyda Reserva Pinot Noir 2009
Medium-bodied, silky and moreish, with a purity of berry flavours at its core. Try with salmon, chicken, duck or spicy food. €12.50 Available from Harvest Off-Licence, Galway; wineonline.ie; Next Door Lohan, Salthill and Myles Creek, Kilkee; McHugh’s, Kilbarrack; The Parting Glass, Enniskerry; Wicklow Wine Company, Wicklow; Red Island, Skerries; Martin’s Off-Licence, Fairview; Keller’s Off-Licence, Roscrea; The Mill Wine Cellar, Maynooth; Jus de Vine, Portmarnock; On The Grapevine, Dalkey; Lord Mayor’s, Swords; Bin No 9,Goatstown.