Saturday 18 November 2017

Top 20 Bank holiday bottles

 

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Albet I Noya Lignum Blanc

Rain or shine, relax and enjoy these easy-drinking winners this weekend.

Albet I Noya Lignum Blanc 2016, €16

13pc, from Mortons of Ranelagh, and Clontarf Wines, both  Dublin; Quay Co-Op, Cork; JJ O'Driscoll and The Little Green Grocer, Kilkenny

A crisp, organic white wine from the Penedès region of Spain, this has plenty of depth with fresh apple flavours and a touch of nuts.

Arestel Cava Brut, €9.49

11.5pc, from Lidl

If Prosecco is not your fizz of choice, try this inexpensive Cava, which over-delivers for the price. It's crisp, clean and refreshing, with lemon and apple flavours.

Terras Do Cigarrón Godello 2015, €13.99

13pc, from Martins, Whelehans Wines, Jus de Vine, Donnybrook Fair and Clontarf Wines, all Dublin Clean apple flavours and a touch of lime make this refreshing white wine an ideal summer tipple.

Paco Do Bispo Palmela DOC 2016, €7.99

12.5pc, from Lidl

Perfect for summer - it's worth picking up a few bottles of this crisp, dry Portuguese white wine made from the Fernão Pires grape. Lovely to drink on its own but also great with oysters and white fish.

Château Fage Graves de Vayres 2015, €16

12.5pc, from Wilde & Green, Dublin, and The Wine Centre (O'Keeffe's), Kilkenny

A classic Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, this lively, dry, white wine has an elegant flinty character with a touch of butter and hazelnuts.

Mallory & Benjamin Talmard Mâcon-Uchizy 2016, €18.95

13pc, from 64 Wines, Jus de Vine, Baggot Street Wines, McHugh's, Martins of Fairview, Blackrock Cellars, Donnybrook Fair, McCabes, Searsons, Drinkstore, all Dublin; La Touche Wines, Greystones; Ardkeen Grocers, Waterford

This classic Mâcon is a real treat, with crunchy green apple flavours and a touch of lemon; perfect for shellfish or spit-roast chicken.

Exquisite Collection Limoux Chardonnay 2016, €9.99

13.5pc, from Aldi

Any time I serve this to friends, they are amazed at how reasonable the price is. Deliciously smooth French Chardonnay with plenty of acidity and a whisper of oak.

L'Ostal Cazes Rosé, €14.95

13pc, from O'Briens (buy one get a second for half price)

This Languedoc estate is owned by Lynch-Bages, who produce this lovely aromatic rosé, scented with wild strawberries. Refreshingly dry on the palate, it's perfect for barbecued food.

Côtes de Provence, Tesco Finest Provence Rosé 2015, €13

13pc, from Tesco

An easy-drinking, pale pink rosé with soft strawberry flavours on the palate and a touch of grapefruit.

CodornÍu Rosé NV, €18.99

12pc, from Sweeney's, Grapevine, The Carpenter, Kitty Kiernan's, all Dublin; Dwan's, Thurles; 1601 Off-Licence, Kinsale, and winesoftheworld.ie

As the first Cava rosé in Spain, this lively sparkling wine is made from 100pc Pinot Noir grapes and is full to the brim of strawberry, cherry and vibrant summer fruits.

Amigo Secreto Organic Syrah-Carignan 2016, €9.99

14pc, from Aldi

This biodynamic red from Chile, which features in Aldi's wine sale, is a cracker, packed with generous flavours of ripe plums, tart cherries and warm spice. Perfect for barbecued steak.

Campo Viejo rioja Tempranillo, €11.82

13.5pc, from Tesco, Dunnes Stores, SuperValu, O'Briens and off-licences nationwide

Always reliable, this vibrant Rioja has plenty of ripe red fruit, softened by vanilla notes and a hint of spice.

Ochoa Tinto Reserva 2009, €19

14pc, from The Carpenter Off-Licence, Castleknock, Dublin, and O'Donovan's, Cork

My husband loves this wine. Rich, ripe and generous, it oozes with juicy fruit and warm spice. Perfect with a nicely charred steak that is deliciously rare in the middle.

Jip Jip Rocks Sparkling Shiraz, €28.25

13pc, from Gibney's of Malahide, 1601 Off-Licence, Kinsale; Karwig Wines, Carrigaline

Full of the ripe plum, blackcurrant, cherry and spicy flavours you expect from Shiraz, try this sparkling version, served chilled, for something a little bit different.

Castellani Poggio Al Casone Chianti Superiore 2014, €14.99

12.5pc, from O'Briens; Goose Off-Licence, Corks Off-Licence, O'Neills Off-Licence SCR, all Dublin; Mortons of Galway

Fresh and light, with fruity red cherries, good acidity and a soft touch of oak, this taste of Italy is perfect with pizza.

Caves Do Monte Alma Da Vinha Red Wine DOC Douro 2013, €9.99

14pc, from Lidl

An aromatic, well-balanced wine from Portugal with warm flavours of red berries making it a good match for grilled meat dishes.

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