Di Camillo, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, 2012

Nappy Nose and indescribably poor, stale, dull, aged liquid. Straight dowwn the sink.

From the 2016 pot luck case – even Wineonline.ie’s own tasting notes say this wine should be drunk fresh

The Di Camillo family would be appalled to know that this vintage is currently representing their Winery in Ireland.

Domaine d’Augeron Sables Fauves, Vin de Pays des Landes, 2013, Regine Bubola

Domaine d'Augeron 230514 Citron

A Colombard, Ugni Blanc blend which is becoming quite fashionable.

We enjoyed this crisp citrusy little number at a pre-Theatre Early Bird in Citron prior to seeing Ross O’Carroll-Kelly at the Gaiety.

Citron was nice too. & we thoroughly enjoyed the Show. Thanks Lesley!

€10 retail. €23 on the list.


From the Winesdirect website:

The appellation “Sables Fauves” (Tawny Sands) refers to a special terroir in the east of the Landes where the soil is sandy and has been coloured by iron oxides. The Bubolas’ aim is to produce a dry white wine and a fruity red which are characteristic of their region, and which they can offer at a very competitive price. This sandy terroir is not the easiest to cultivate, and is only lately acquiring a good reputation for wine, thanks to the experience and careful work of winemakers like Jean Claude Bubola.

La Garde Blanc. Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan Colombard Ugni Blanc 2012 Westbury Hotel


Lesley & I went to the Theatre with Ross & Helga and availed of the Dublin Theatre Festival combined Show and pre-Theatre set menu Dinner offer in Cafe Novo at The Westbury.

We were looking forward to our night out. On arrival at Cafe Novo the Maitre D’ immediately demanded “where’s your vouchers?” without a welcome and our party of four was left standing in the middle of the restaurant while I fumbled to separate and extricate the Theatre Tickets from the Food Vouchers. While passing the vouchers over and realizing our guests were still standing in the centre of the restaurant I asked where our table was and was given a nod towards the window with the words “over there”. So a curt, cold welcome to Cafe Novo – where we have eaten before I might add.

The meal was nice mostly due to the good company, the service brisk and this wine – La Garde from the Languedoc, a fine blend of 50% Colombard and 50% Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano) – quite palatable.

Pale straw colour, pleasant nose, fruity, not too acidic and chilled dry. €22.50.

Interesting, given the palaver over the vouchers while not being shown to our table, the bill when it came included the cost of the food and I had to point out that we were on the Dublin Theatre Festival set menu deal. So Vouchers are definitely not welcome at Cafe Novo, maybe Novo stand for No Vouchers? Should they change the ‘vo’ to ‘go’ or just drop it from their name entirely.

Later we had a slight chuckle over a nightcap at the surliness of our welcome in Cafe Novo however, the Wonderkammer Circus at the Gaiety was engrosingly entertaining and we all thoroughly enjoyed our night out.


Saturday Night In with M&S


OK, so I don’t seek out or regularly buy mass manufactured wines. Nor am I a fan of the Multiples own label wine offerings though I do understand that they’re putting their names on them so the quality must be OK.


Bianco delle Venezie 2011 (2) (Small) Bianco delle Venezie 2011, Garganega Trebbiano (Small)


That’s why, when Lesley did one of those M&S meals (Rosti Potatoes, Fish Stew, Raspberry Compote) for two which included a bottle of wine I didn’t risk opening their wine instead had a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with the meal. We did try the Bianco delle Venezie 2011, a blend of  Garganega and Trebbiano a few days later and to our delight, like the food, it was remarkably good. Full marks M&S. We’ll do the meal deals again.