MOVIES & BOOZE: Wine for the weekend

Jean Smullen reviews 2016 Picollo Ernesto Gavi di Gavi "Rovereto" and 2016 Puech Morny Gigondas

October is a very busy time for the wine trade, in the run up to the busy Christmas selling period there are always lots of consumer wine events, including wine tastings and wine fairs. Wine lovers have an essential date this autumn which is Thursday 5th October, 2017. If you love wine and are interested in out of the ordinary wines, meeting winemakers and tasting wines made with less intervention at the winery, SPIT is the wine tasting for you. Taste over 140 wines imported by four quality driven Irish wine companies: Vinostito, Grapecircus, Nomad & Winemason. This group tasting champions diversity and choice so those attending are guaranteed to taste some interestesting of the moment wines. If you want to improve your knowledge of wine, then this is the event to go to!

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE PRICED €30 PER PERSON (includes tasting glass and booklet).
You can buy your tickets at Baggot Street Wines, Baggot St, Dublin 4; Blackrock Cellar, Blackrock Village, Co Dublin; Green Man Wines, Terenure Road North, Dublin 6; 64 Wine, Glasthule Village, Co Dublin or Sweeney’s at Hart’s Corner, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. Or on line at

One of the wineries featured at SPIT is our first wine today:

2016 Picollo Ernesto Gavi di Gavi "Rovereto" RSP €19.00 - €20.00
Stockists: Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer St; Blackrock Cellar, Blackrock Village, Co Dublin; Listons Food Store, Camden Street, Dublin 2; Donnybrook Fair, Donnybrook, Stillorgan, Malahide & Greystones; Green Man Wines, Terenure: Mitchell and Son, Avoca Kilmacanogue & Dunboyne; , Sheridans, St Anne Street, Dublin 2; Sheridans Carnaross; Sheridans, Galway.

The sub-region of Gavi, which extends around the village of the same name, is located in the south eastern portion of Piedmont in northwest Italy. The main grape varity is Cortese. Gavi was granted the DOC of Cortese di Gavi DOCG in 1998 and quickly gained an international reputation for the quality of its white wines. Gavi has now become very fashionable mainly because the Cortese grape makes wine with a wonderfully peachy stone fruit character backed by minerality from the region’s soil structure.

The Picollo Ernesto winery is located in the town of Rovereto di Gavi in Piedmont and was founded by Lorenzo Picollo in 1945. The family has now been making great white wines for three generations.

The Picollo Ernesto vineyards have approximately six hectares of vines planted on the hillsides of the town of Rovereto. The estate also has a parcel covering a little more than a hectare in the town of Tassarolo slightly north. All plots have south facing exposure and soils composed of sand and iron-rich clay.

Wines with the Gavi di Gavi DOC are more rare as they can only be made with fruit specifically from the Gavi area.

2016 Puech Morny Gigondas AOP €14.99 / £11.99
Stockists: Lidl, Nationwide.

The Lidl French Wine Sale started on Sept 25th and will run while stocks last. Today we are featuring the Puech Morny Gigondas from the Southern Rhône, from a region beside Chateauneuf du Pape called Gigondas.

If the finest reds of the north come from Bordeaux and Burgundy it is the Rhone that puts the south of France through its paces. The difference between north and south is crucial to understanding the wines of the Rhone. Those of the south are southern wines in every aspect, the climate is Mediterranean and the grape varieties are those which appear in Provence. Rhone reds offer something for every taste, from cheap everyday wines to complex costly wines that need to age for decades. For the wine lover Rhone valley offers plenty of diversity.

The warmer climate of the Southern Rhone means that blending is essential. A host of grape varieties are used in the Southern Rhone, but they are predominantly Grenache mixed mainly with Syrah, Cinsault and Mouvedre.

Gigondas is in the southern Rhone, primarily a Red wine region. The main geographical feature in Gigondas is the Dentelles de Montmirail, a small range of mountains that divide the appellation into two distinct areas – one with a cooler climate and one with a hotter. Gigondas is made from a maximum 80% Grenache, a minimum 15% Syrah and/or Mourvedre. The greatest Gigondas’ can be kept for 10 years or more in the cellar and usually benefits from at least three years in the cellar. It was awarded its own AOP in 1971.

This great value red has summer fruit flavours with a hint of spice and balanced tannin. Serve with roast beef and all the trimmings.

October/November Wine Events 2017

Look out for the 41st Kinsale Good Food Festival starting on October 14th or the Tomas Barton Bordeaux Wine Dinner at the Marker Hotel on October 18th or Slow in the City the inaugural Slow Food Festival in Dublin on October 29th,

For lovers of Rhone Wines Rhone Wine Week will be back from 4th to 11th November 2017. This year will be the 5th annual week celebrating the wines of the Rhone Valley in Ireland. Bringing together importers from all over Ireland, and working in conjunction with Inter Rhone, the organisers are looking forward to celebrating the most diverse wine region in France, if not the world.

For more details of all the events check out the wine diary