MOVIES AND BOOZE: Champagne to ring in the New Year

Jean Smullen recommends some drinks to enjoy during the countdown to 2016

New Year’s Eve and Champagne is top of our list to celebrate the arrival of 2016!  We have a lovely festive limited edition Champagne which is ideal for the day that’s in it!   2015 was the year Chile finally became the  number one country of origin on the Irish market.  In honour of this we’re going to taste a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon which is perfect for serving with with a slow cooked stew.

Beaumont des Crayeres Grande Réserve NV Champagne €36.99

(on offer until 31.12.2015 at €29.99)  Stockists: O’Briens Wines Beers Spirits

Champagne is a small region just north-east of Paris situated around the towns of Rheims and Epernay in the valley of the Marne.  It has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters.  In some years the grapes struggle to ripen.  The climate and soil contribute to the production of the high acidity in the grapes.

This Champagne is made from is made 60% Meunier, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir sourced from premium vineyards close to Epernay.  Because it is a Grande Reserve it has some additional ageing.   This means that the brioche character so beloved by fans of Champagne really stands out.   Black grapes dominate the cepage,  75% of this wine is made from a blend of Meunier and Pinot Noir.  This tends to give you Champagne with a crisp bite and a much drier style.

Beauont des Crayeres is a co-operative made up of 250 growers based around the village of Mardeuil near Epernay.  Meunier grown here tends to be extremely good.    This is an award winning Champagne and at this price offers the best value around for anyone who enjoys a glass of good quality Champagne.  Get yourself off to  O’Briens this afternoon and stock up while their offer is still running.  An ideal Champagne to serve at midnight tonight!

2013 Viña TarapacáCabernet Sauvignon DO Maipo Valley  €14.99

Stockists:  Eurospar, Spar, Mace & Londis shops, nationwide

Tarapacá, one of the most important wineries in Chile, was founded in 1874 in Maipo Valley.  Today Viña Tarapacá is part of the VSPT Wine Group, Chile’s second largest wine company.  This wine is made by Ed Flaherty from mainly Cabernet Sauvignon (91%)  with a little  Malbec ( 7%) and  Petite Verdot  (2%) added.  The fruit is all grown in the Maipo Valley one of the best regions in Chile for red grapes.  This has a lovely minty aromas, something you find in Cabernet grow in Chile,  it is a lovely full bodied wine, with lots of black fruit and firm tannin.  This is a great wine to serve with steak or a slow cooked meat stew.  A perfect winter wine!


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)


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