Another consistent offering from the MGM Mondo del Vino people: this Grillo from Sicily.
Grillo is normally a blending grape for Marsala but on its own is a refreshing drop, especially on a warm evening.
On offer from O’Briens, another good party wine.
Mas Belles Eaux is a sister vineyard to Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron. It is owned by French insurance company AXA and was run by Jean-Michel Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages – makers of our other current favourite Rose L’Ostal Cazes – for a while.
And this doesn’t disappoint, recommended by the Assistant Manager in O’Briens Sandymount.
Well constructed, pink tint with delicate berry nose and very smooth dry moreish taste. Delicious.
We all enjoyed this celebrating Ian’s Birthday on a humid and wet summer Sunday.
Summer Rose offer: Buy one Get One half price @ €14.49
Not unpleasant though slightly cloying feel with a big Pearish texture and aftertaste.
Expensive in O’Briens at €14.49, reduced on offer to €10.99.
Nice presentation and back story:
€9.99 from €13.99 in O’Briens.
A solid offering from Gerard Bertrand.
Served to Ross and Amyj for Dinner
Refreshing, if unremarkable Pinot Grigio from the Veneto.
€9.49 in O’Briens
This is an own brand of 10international.com produced by negotiant Vini Botter
a family business who produce and also distribute wines for other producers in Italy.
I’m not qute sure what to say about this; it looks the part but was just ok.
Fruity and dry, a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 10% Carignan
Cave de Rasteau who are trying to convert their member winemakers to sustainable & organic viniculture.
An O’Briens exclusive.
Carignan, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Cinsaut, France, Grenache
2011, Carignan, Cave de Rasteau, Cinsault, Cotes du Rhone, Grenache, O'Briens, Ortas, Reserve
Sep · 14
Grapes from Sicily but bottled in Piedmont.
Akin to eating an Irish Cheese which is ‘made’ and packed in England by Tesco from Irish Dairy produce. Perhaps.
The O’Briens guff stated this was like a Shiraz but I’m afraid I wasn’t hugely impressed – a rather poor single sided version of a Nero D’Avola.
Perhaps I didn’t chambre it properly or maybe it needed decanting into a Carafe.
Cantine di Priocca in Piedmont owned by MGN Mondo del Vino – who claim to be the 15th biggest Italian wine exporter