Take two wines
Barbadillo Sticky Pudding Wine
Raisins, figs, cold tea, caramel and even hints of rum along with all the Christmas spices melding beautifully into a rich and sweet, but so refreshing, mouthful to be enjoyed slowly. On its own or with festive desserts. 19pc alc €8.99 (half-bottle/37.5cl) Available from Superquinn.
Niepoort Senior Tawny Port
Six years ageing, but a subtle complexity to match many 10- year-olds. Smooth, but with great zest, it gently unfolds layers of dried fruits, nuts and toffee. A great one to sip without or with dessert or cheese. 20pc alc €19.95 Available from 64 Wine, Glasthule; Redmond’s, Ranelagh; Jus de Vine, Portmarnock; Probus Wines, Fenian Street, Dublin 2; Probus Wines, Oughterard; Wicklow Wine Co.
To celebrate the season that’s in it, and to mark the launch of their new website www.thewinestore.ie, Simon and Emma Tyrrell, specialist wine importers focusing on artisan producers in France (notably the Rhône Valley) and Spain, are hosting a competition for our readers.
Top prize is their festive six-bottle box, specially selected for dinner on the big day:
Champagne Pierre Moncuit ‘H de Coulmet’ NV — the aperitif.
Chablis 1er Cru ‘Côte de Léchet’, Domaine Bernard Defaix 2007 — a treat on its own or perfect with smoked salmon (two bottles).
St Joseph ‘Cuvée du Papy’, Domaine du Monteillet 2007 — silky, Syrah elegance from the Northern Rhône to match the turkey (two bottles).
Quarts de Chaume, Domaine des Baumards 2006 — a deliciously fresh Chenin Blanc-based sweetie from the Loire Valley that would go really well with dessert or cheese (half-bottle). Two runners-up will each receive a bottle of both:
Domaine de Monteillet Abrupt NV — a unique 100pc Viognier Champagnemethod bubbly from Condrieu. A brilliant match with smoked salmon.
Campos de Estrella Cava NV — Champagne-method from Spain’s Penedès region. Great as an aperitif or served with a fish or seafood starter.
To be in with a chance, simply answer the following question: What are the two main red-grape varieties of the Rhône Valley?
Answers on a postcard to: Weekend Wine competition,Box 11 ‘Weekend’ magazine, Independent House, 27-32 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, by next Friday, December 3.