MOVIES & BOOZE: Mistletoe and wine

Jean Smullen and Martin Moran give their wine choices from our Christmas Movies and Booze in Cork

Jean's Choice

2014 Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Martinborough) €25.00

Everyone loves Sauvignon Blanc at the moment, ESPECIALLY New Zealand “Savvy” as the Kiwis like to call it. This one comes from North Island from the region of Martinborough.

Special Introductory offer €19.60 per bottle €118.00 for 6 bottles (reduced from €150)

Pungently aromatic, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc assails the senses with green capsicum (bell-pepper) and gooseberry characters through lush passion fruit and tropical fruit overtones.

Martinborough is a relatively small region, it is part of the region know as Wairapara. Most of the producers here are small boutique operations and the region is best known for Pinot Noir.

Palliser Estate is a premium boutique producer from the area. It is named for Rear Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser a naval officer and friend of the famous explorer Captain James Cook

Serve as an aperitif or with smoked salmon and brown bread, or any sort of sea food starter and jazz up your Christmas dinner with this stylish Kiwi wine.

Why not by a ticket to a wine tasting as a Christmas present for the wine lover in your life .... a great idea for a stocking filler!

New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour Thurs 21st Jan 2016

Date: Thursday 21 January 2016 Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Venue: Hilton Dublin, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2 Tickets Price €15.00 each
To book your ticket click here

Wine Australia Consumer Tasting Wed 27th Jan 2016

27 January 2016 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the RHA Royal Hibernian Academy,
15 Ely Place, Dublin 2. TICKETS: €15.00 (incl. booking fee)


More information on the wine diary

Martin's Choice

Eco Pinot Noir 2014, Casablanca, Chile, €11.95 (reduced from €13.95)

Wine made from Burgundy’s Pinot Noir grape is a great versatile choice for Christmas, either for the big meal or as a party wine. It’s got plenty of fruit but is low on tannin and it’s never heavy, so it’s good on its own as social lubricant and matches well with salmon, chicken, pork, duck and of course turkey.

Good Burgundy can be shockingly expensive but thankfully other places in the world are starting to make affordable examples. Chile has several and Eco Pinot Noir is made from organic grapes by legendary Chilean winemaker Alvaro Espinoza. There are probably tens of thousands of winemakers in the world but this year but in June 2015 Decanter magazine rated him as one of the world’s 30 most prestigious winemakers. He knows his stuff!

The wine is from the cooler climate region of Casablanca and 20% of it is aged in French oak. The result is moderately ripe cherry fruit with freshness and a little spice and at this price great value as the most basic Burgundy starts at about €15.


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