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Pink gins are growing in popularity. They bring a touch of fun to the table. They are also some very approachable gins with subtle fruity flavours and not too much spice. The downside, some can be overly sweet and cloying. Enter Posh Pinks! Premium gins, naturally and subtlety flavoured and coloured with balance and finesse.

Below are a few premium Irish options for your pink gin fix. What’s better, you can pick these up in our Great Gin Sale this month, in store and on line.

Glendalough Rose

Was €37.95/Now €29.95

To make this pink gin Glendalough have rebalanced the botanicals from their flagship Wild Botanical gin. Adjusting the recipe with extra fruit and flowers. The star of the show however is the slow, vapour distilled rose. Three varieties of rose to be exact, with Wild Rose, Heritage Rose & Damask Rose each adding to the complexity.  The result is fresh, floral and flavourful gin with a great depth of flavour.

Listoke Cacao and Raspberries

Was €40/Now €35

This gin is distilled using 21st century distillation equipment housed in a 200-year-old stable on the grounds of Listoke House in Co. Louth. It is a combination of traditional and inspiring botanicals growing both in the wild and in the Edwardian walled gardens at Listoke estate. This brand new pink gin is flavoured with Cacao and Raspberries and not sweetened. It is a “a gin lovers pink gin as opposed to a sugar rush one”, smooth and silky with bright raspberry with a zingy finish.

Graham Norton Pink

Was €42/Now €37

This new gin from presenter Graham Norton takes inspiration from his West Cork roots. Made from 100% Irish grain and using botanicals local to West Cork, gathered by local forager Stephanie O’Toole, such as gooseberry, rose hips and fuchsia petals. These are blended with classic citrus and spice botanicals before the final rose infusion lends the pink hue. This is a fragrant, smooth and balanced gin; summer berries and wild rose tones bring some sweetness before finishing with a touch of spice.

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, offer ends 05/08/19. Please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

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This week sees the 50th Anniversary of mankind's greatest achievement of the 20th century. The United States' commitment to land humans on the moon before 1970 was a spectacularly ambitious goal: NASA's entire computing power for the entire mission was less than that found in a modern mobile phone. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step on to the moon America affirmed its place as the ultimate western global superpower. Although recent US history may be viewed as more fractious, we should all celebrate this momentous event when humans took their first baby steps in to the universe. And what better way to do so than with one of these American wines.

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O'Briens Wine by Lorcan O'brien - 1w ago

The weather seems to be finally catching up with the calendar and this weekend should show a perfect Irish summer- by which I mean sunny patches in-between the odd rain showers! Still, it is a perfect opportunity to crack open a bottle of rosé and sit out in our back gardens, umbrellas at the ready! And at O'Briens Wines we have you covered with our continuing Buy One Get One Half Price rosé promotion. Or if you can't choose between the 14 wines in the range, why not pick up an online exclusive Summer Rosé Case- a collection hand-picked by the O'Briens Wine team.

Lynne's Brand New Rosé €16.95 (Buy One, Get One Half Price)

I featured this wine a few weeks ago and the reaction by our loyal customers has been sensational!  O'Briens Wine Director and Master of Wine, Lynne Coyle, launched her own rosé wine this year. Made in conjunction with Tandem Wines in Spain's Navarra region, it is a low-intervention, wild ferment wine made with the Garnacha grape. I love this wine and it seems the Irish public and press is on board with this one also!

"This is a stunning rosé from Navarra, made by Master of Wine Lynne Coyle at O'Briens Wine. Coyle has made this is conjunction with Bodegas Tandem and has brought all her academic and practical skills to bear here. This Grenache-based rosé has been organically raised, is vegan and made as natural as possible including wild yeast fermentation. In the glass it simply exudes summer joy, clean bright fruit and a lifted warm heather and spiced finish. " -Tomás Clancy, Sunday Business Post 26/05/2019

"Often, delicately coloured rosés can be a bit short on flavour, but Lynne Coyle's is silky, packed with ripe strawberry and red berry flavours, balanced with a fresh crispness." - Corinna Hardgrave, The Irish Independent 04/05/2019

Food Match:

The delicious red fruit flavours and silky palate would pair perfectly with salmon.

Best Selling Rosé €15.45 (Buy One, Get One Half Price)

L'Ostal Rosé is produced by JM Cazes, the esteemed Bordeaux estate behind Château Lynch-Bages. This wine comes from their Languedoc estate and is consistently our best selling rosé. A pale, clear and delicate hue from a short low-temperature pressing of the grapes. The highly complex and delicate nose offers a subtle combination of rose petals and pomegranate. The palate is supple, light and fresh. The finish offers a pleasant touch of sweetness and lingering aromas of fresh pomegranate.

"A perennial rosé favourite in Ireland from the Cazes family, which owns Château Lynch-Bages. This is a rosé much spicier than you might expect, from the family's foothold on the Mediterranean, down in the Languedoc's Livinière." -Tomás Clancy, Sunday Business Post 26/05/2019

"This is a very attractive elegant light rosé with plenty of redcurrant and raspberry fruit, finishing dry. A nice aperitif or with salmon dishes." -John Wilson, The Irish Times 15/06/2019

Food Match:

One of the reasons this is our best selling rosé is how versatile it is with or without food. Match it with seafood, salads or meats off the BBQ. I recently enjoyed a bottle with slow-cooked beef cheek straight off the BBQ.

7 hr slow-cook beef cheek & BBQ baby potatoes
Best Rosé Region €18.95 (Buy One, Get One Half Price)

The Provence region of France, nestled against the Mediterranean sea and benefiting from its fresh breezes, is renowned for producing the best rosé wines in the world. Château Riotor Rosé comes from the Côtes de Provence region and can compete with the very best of them.

Crafted by top Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer, Mont Redon, it is an attractive medium-bodied rosé with fantastic fruit definition- crunchy raspberry and ripe cherry fruits. The complex and alluring palate is dry and silky, with a long finish and good refreshing acidity. If you think all rosé is simple and light, you should try this.

"My favourite French rosé in O'Briens' "buy one, get a second half-price" promotion, for its cranberry fruit with a tangy, ruby-grapefruit finish. 90/100." -Martin Moran, The Sunday Times 02/06/2019

"This delicious rosé is made from a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Vermentino, so you're getting plenty of fruit with fresh flavours of raspberry, red cherry and pink grapefruit." - Corinna Hardgrave, The Irish Independent 22/06/2019

Food Match:

Think anything southern French and you'll be on to a winner. Grilled Langoustines would be perfect!

There are dozens of other promotional wines available in O'Briens, so shop online or drop in to your local store where our friendly and knowledgeable staff will gladly help you pick out a bottle from our exciting range.

Please note: All prices correct at time of publication. For the most up to date prices please contact your local store or online www.obrienswine.ie

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Summer is now in full swing with some great weather predicted for the weekend. Good thing them we have some superb gins on offer in our Great Gin Sale. Here is my picks of some of the newest additions to our shelves.

Method & Madness

Was €50.00/Now €45.00

First up, a new gin from Ireland’s oldest gin still. First commissioned in 1958, Mickey’s Belly still, is the heart of gin production in Irish Distillers’ micro distillery in Midleton. This gin is distilled with a total of 16 different botanicals. Besides juniper, the key botanicals are black lemons and Irish gorse flowers. Rather confusingly black lemon is actually a lime, one that has been sun dried, intensifying its flavour and creating punchy and pungent citrus tones.

The resulting gin is a beautifully balanced with smooth citrus followed with earthy floral notes before rounding out with spice. Perfect serve is with a classic style tonic garnished with a lemon wedge.

Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla

Was €40.00/Now €35.00

This new release is the perfect gin to soak up some sun with. Tanqueray Sevilla takes the classic Tanqueray botanicals, adding Sevilla orange essences for a zesty Mediterranean twist. Zesty and delicate orange blossom with bittersweet elements balanced the spicy complexity of Tanqueray, what could be better!

Best served with a premium tonic and a wedge of orange. It also works great in a Negroni.

Villa Ascenti 

Was €50.00/Now €40.00

Described as a home-grown, Italian gin made from signature ingredients from the hills of Piemonte. This gin is triple Distilled from grape must of the local Moscato varietal, infused with Tuscan juniper along with locally sourced botanicals such as fresh mint and thyme, distilled within hour of harvesting.

Try this in a spritz. Take plenty of ice and add 1 part gin, 1 part soda water and 4 parts Prosecco. Add a dash of sugar syrup to sweeten and garnish with herbs and/or grapes for a superb summer long drink.

Enjoy

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, offers end 5th of August 2019.Please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

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The O'Briens Spanish Wine Sale continues until Sunday 7th July. With 20-50% OFF our entire range there is something to suit every palate and budget. Last week I recommended the iconic Monte Real Gran Reserva at half price and the refreshingly great value Valhondo Cava. This week I will have a look at some of my favourite organic Spanish wine picks for summer sipping.

Best Organic Spanish White €11.96 (Down from €14.95 for the Spanish Wine Sale)

The Rueda wine region is located in the high-altitude plains north of Madrid. Best known for the high-quality red wines from neighbouring Ribera del Duero, Toro and Rioja, the white Verdejo (pronounced Berr-day-Ko) grape has found its home in the flat plains around the town of Rueda.

The high altitude of the vineyards creates a large difference between day and night temperatures. Known as a diurnal swing, this temperature difference allows the white grapes retain freshness and acidity that would be otherwise baked out of the fruit by the daytime heat. As a result, Rueda is one of the most popular styles of white wine within Spain: you will find at least one on every bar and restaurant list.

This single-vineyard Verdejo from Rueda is a beautiful example of this style from the brilliant family producer, de Alberto. Brilliant straw colour with a green tinge, the nose is intense with varietal notes of aniseed, wild herbs and stone fruits. Good structure and balance on the palate with citrus and white fruit flavours before a long crisp finish.

Rueda Food Match:

The aniseed and citrus note of the wine prove an ideal partner for fresh seafood dishes and summer salads.

Best Organic Spanish Red €10.36 (Down from €12.95 for the Spanish Wine Sale)

Bodegas Luzón is one of our customer favourite wineries. It is located in Jumilla in the warm southeast of Spain and produce wines based on the Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grape variety.

Made from organically grown grapes on the Fuertes family estate, this wine is lively clean and fleshy with good fruitiness balanced by ripe tannins and a long finish. It is unoaked to retain the pure varietal character of the organic Mourvèdre fruit.

Luzón Organic Food Match:

A vegan wine, this is ideal to enjoy with BBQ vegetables or light summer salads.

There are over 90 Spanish wines on promotion until this Sunday 7th July, so there is something to suit every taste and budget. Drop in to your local O'Briens store where our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you pick out that perfect Vino de España. Or alternatively shop our online store. Olé!

Please note: All prices correct at time of publication. For the most up to date prices please contact your local store or online www.obrienswine.ie

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O'Briens Wine by Lorcan O'brien - 3w ago

Hola Amigos! Today is the launch of our always-popular Spanish Wine Sale, with 20-50% off wines from Rioja to Galicia and everywhere in-between. The sale runs until Sunday 7th July, so check out all our special offers in-store or online. Here is a sample of the terrific offers available in O'Briens Wine over the next 2 weeks.

Half Price Rioja Gran Reserva €16.95 (down from €33.95)

50% Off Monte Real Gran ReservaThe Monte Real Rioja Gran Reserva is one of our most popular premium Spanish wines at full price, so when we offer it at 50% Off there is a Pamplona-style stampede through the door!

Coming from the venerable old Bodegas Riojanas that dates back to 1890, this is a classic Rioja Gran Reserva. Made with Tempranillo grapes from premium vineyards in the Cenicero region of Rioja Alta this wine is aged for 24-30 months in American oak casks. This extended ageing lends the wine a deep woody complexity that ensures it will age spectacularly well if stored correctly*.

The palate it full and powerful with grippy tannins and plenty of plummy and dried fruits to accompany the sweet spice from the American oak barrels. A delicious, dry finish with a savoury and mulberry accent.

* Wine Storage Tip: Store wines on their side in a cool and stable temperature in a dark room. The biggest threats to wine becoming spoiled is oxygen, direct sunlight and high or fluctuating temperatures. Storing bottles on their side ensures the cork does not dry out and allow oxygen to spoil the wine.

Food Pairing:

Pair this wine with rich meat dishes such as this very slow cooked (7hrs!) beef cheek I made on the BBQ on Saturday. Alternatively hard cheeses, such as Manchego, would be ideal.

Terrific Value Rosé Cava €12.95 (down from €17.95)

Cava is sparkling wine from Spain, made in the same method as Champagne (or 'Traditional Method'). This means the bubbles are formed during a second fermentation occurring inside the glass bottle, as opposed to the cheaper 'Charmat Method' that produces the bubbles in a Prosecco (here the bubbles are formed in large stainless steel tanks, usually on a commercial scale).

However, in Ireland the Duty on Traditional Method sparkling wine is double that of Prosecco frizzante, which puts them at a competitive disadvantage. So, to see a quality Cava rosé such as this at such a great price is rare. And since it looks like we are going to get some Mediterranean weather this week this bottle of bubbles would be the perfect sipper for relaxing in the back garden.

Full of strawberry and cherry fruit flavours it is fresh and crisp but has enough body to match rich fish dishes such as salmon.

Food Pairing:

Ideal pairing with salmon dishes or these char-grilled peppers straight off the BBQ.

With 20-50% Off our Spanish range there are plenty more wines in-store and online to suit every budget, so drop in to your local O'Briens for that perfect Spanish botella. And don't forget our rosé lineup from last week- Lynne's own Rós rosé will be reduced to €12.50 during the sale!

Please note: All prices correct at time of publication. For the most up to date prices please contact your local store or online www.obrienswine.ie

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O'Briens Wine by Lorcan O'brien - 1M ago

The Irish summer well and truly arrived last weekend at Taste of Dublin- by which I mean we had all four seasons crammed in to each day! But this week looks like it is shaping up to be bright and warm. Last week I looked at some great new BBQ reds, so here are some brand new white wine recommendations to enjoy from our current promotional lineup.

Best New Loire Sauvignon Blanc €12.95 (Down from €16.95 for June)

Touraine is a French wine region located near the city of Tours along the Loire river. It is best known for its crisp white wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape and Les Secrets de Sophie above is a great example of the region and with €4 Off for June well worth exploring.

Since 1885, 6 generations of the Bougrier Family have been farming the Loire Valley and they produce some of our most popular wines. This brand new Touraine Sauvignon Blanc comes from carefully selected vineyard plots to ensure only the best quality grapes make the grade.  Aged on the fine lees (dead yest cells) to give a rich complexity that rounds out the crisp and refreshing first attack of acidity and citrus fruit flavours. On the long finish there is a welcome chalky minerality similar to a good Sancerre.

Food Match:

Ideal for meaty and oily fish dishes, such as sardines a la plancha. Or try this sardines with red chili on toast.

TopTip: Sardines are delicious on the BBQ- their oily skins ensures they don't dry out like more delicate fish.

Best (New) New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc €11.95 (Down from €17.95 for June)

Sticking with the Sauvignon Blanc grape but moving to the opposite side of the wine producing world we are delighted to introduce Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc.  Coming from top producer Giesen, presented in a beautiful modern bottle and with €6 Off for June this makes a delightful gift or party wine.

Crisp and fresh, the grapes for this wine come from premium sites across the Wairau Valley and are grown on sustainably managed vineyards. The winemaking processes are kept to a minimum to allow the pure varietal expression and Marlborough region shine in the glass. The palate expresses supple fresh citrus and stone fruits, dried herbs before a zesty long finish. This is exactly why Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular styles of wine in the world.

Food Match:

Enjoy this chilled on a warm day with this black bean, mango and feta summer salad.

Top Two Rosé Picks

When the sun starts shining there are few more enjoyable pleasures than relaxing in the garden with friends and sharing a bottle of good rosé. This year sees the return of the always popular Buy One Bottle of Rosé, Get a Second Bottle Half Price promotion in O'Briens Wine. With 14 rosé wines to choose from, there is something to suit every taste and budget. We have a number of brand new wines in the lineup this year including these top two picks for this week.

Lynne's Brand New Rosé €16.95 (Buy One, Get One Half Price)

For those of you who have been living under a social media rock for the past few weeks, O'Briens Wine Dirctor and Master of Wine, Lynne Coyle, launched her own rosé wine this year. Made in conjunction with Tandem Wines in Spain's Navarra region, it is a low-intervention, wild ferment wine made with the Garnacha grape. I love it, but my judgement may be bias, as Lynne is my wine mentor, so here are some wonderful press reviews this wine has already received.

"This is a stunning rosé from Navarra, made by Master of Wine Lynne coyle at O'Briens Wine. Coyle has made this is conjunction with Bodegas Tandem and has brought all her academic and practical skills to bear here. This grenache-based rosé has been organically raised, is vegan and made as natural as possible including wild yeast fermentation. In the glass it simply exudes summer joy, clean bright fruit and a lifted warm heather and spiced finish." - Tomás Clancy, Sunday Business Post 26/05/2019

"The delicately dry, pale pink rosé, with enticing ripe raspberry/strawberry aromas and a soft, balanced red fruit palate that stole the show. Rós has two proud parents- Alicia and Lynne Coyle, the wine buyer at O'Briens Wine. Honoured to be among the first to taste a wine that will be a huge hit this summer." - Matthew Nugent, The Irish Sun 13/04/2019

"As you might hope with a name that translates as 'Rose' as Gaeilge, this is made by an Irish winemaker- none other than O'Briens Wine Director and resident Master of Wine Lynne Coyle. Made from wild ferment Garnacha and as is typical in Spain this is a little darker with a distinct strawberry aroma, and a textured dry-fruity finish. Second bottle half price." - Leslie Williams, The Irish Examiner 25/05/2019

"Rós means rose in Irish and Scots Gaelic, and this was made by Lynne Coyle of O'Briens (who is originally from Scotland), in conjunction with the Tandem winery, in Navarra in Spain. Made using hand-picked Garnacha grapes, this is a medium-bodied rosé, with floral aromas and ripe, rounded strawberry fruits, good, refreshing acidity and a nice dryish finish. Very tasty wine, perfect on its own but even better with summer salads and barbecued fish." - John Wilson, The Irish Times 23/05/2019

"Look out for this new dry Spanish Rosé made by Lynne Coyle- a Master of Wine who buys wines for O'Briens. Made in Navarra from a red grape called Grenache, it has tons of summer fruit flavours, raspberry and strawberry." - Jean Smullen, The Sunday world 12/05/2019

"Often, delicately coloured rosés can be a bit short on flavour, but Lynne Coyle's is silky, packed with ripe strawberry and red berry flavours, balanced with a fresh crispness." - Corinna Hardgrave, The Irish Independent 04/05/2019

That's a pretty unanimous result from the Irish wine press! There is a limited supply, however, so grab a bottle or two while stocks last.

Food Match:

The delicious red fruit flavours and silky palate would pair perfectly with salmon.

Organic Chilean Rosé €14.95 (Buy One, Get One Half Price)

Emiliana own vineyard sites across Chile and are the largest supplier of estate-grown organic wines in the world! This organic rosé offers gentle strawberry and red cherry aromas. The palate is medium in weight with fresh summer fruits and a delicate, silky palate. The finish offers crisp acidity and lingering red fruit flavours. At €11.21 per bottle when you buy two, this offers exceptional value for money.

Food Match:

The crisp acidity and textured palate would lend this wine to a wide range of foods, from lightly spiced Asian dishes to grilled fish.

There are dozens of other promotional wines available, so shop online or drop in to your local O'Briens store where our friendly and knowledgeable staff will gladly help you pick out a bottle from our exciting new ranges.

Please note: All prices correct at time of publication. For the most up to date prices please contact your local store or online www.obrienswine.ie

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We are delighted to introduce Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice to Ireland. This new small batch, limited-edition gin, launching exclusively in O’Brien's, is guaranteed to be your go to this summer.

This unique new gin is true to the Hendrick’s original style but follows its own path with the infusion of deeply floral essences reflecting the bright, aromatic intensity of a midsummer day. A new take on the house style bringing fragrant notes with zesty juniper whose initial brightness softens to undertones of orange blossom and exotic ripeness. The bright and floral style makes it perfect for summer drinking with drinks like the spritz below.

SOLSTICE SPRITZ: 50ml Hendrick's Midsummer Solstice / 50ml Sparkling Wine / 150ml Tonic Water

This latest expression from Hendrick’s was created by Master Distiller Lesley Gracie, the first from her ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’. The Cabinet is an actual cabinet where Gracie keeps her most experimental and treasured liquids safely under lock and key.

The cabinet is located in the newly opened home of the brand, the Hendrick’s Gin Palace. This new development is designed to be a “playground for experimentation, invention and curiosity’ and increases the number of stills meaning more of the Scottish gin but it will continue to be distilled in small batches, just like it was when first released in 1999.

This is only the beginning for new Hendrick’s experience with more new and unique gins from the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ planned for release in the coming years.

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O'Briens Wine by Lorcan O'brien - 1M ago

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The O'Briens Wine Team have had a busy few weeks jetting around Europe with 6 of our lucky managers heading to Champagne for a few days, yours truly invited to Austria for the Wine Summit and our Wine Director, Lynne Coyle MW busy updating our wine portfolio in Bordeaux.

All of this travel helps ensure O'Briens maintains the most exciting wine range in Ireland and this week's new promotion includes a whole host of wines brand new to the range. June sees no less than 15 new wines from across the globe enter the lineup on special promotion.

I will introduce all of these wines over the next couple weeks but with the weather looking decidedly more autumnal than summery this week, here are some of the best new red wines to the range.

Best Value Rioja Crianza €10 (down from €16.95 for June)

So fresh off the boat the Marqués de Griñón Crianza is only arriving in our stores this week! It comes from a venerable old family who have farmed vineyards across northern Spain for generations.  This wine is a classic Rioja Crianza made with 100% Tempranillo and extended oak ageing.

The legal minimum time for Crianza to be stored in oak barrels is 12 months, but this wine spends 18 months in American oak barrels to impart a sweet spice and vanilla flavour profile to compliment the red berry and plummy fruits of the Tempranillo grape.

Enjoy With: A terrific value Rioja that would go wonderfully well with grilled meats and veg.

Best New Italian Appassimento €12.95 (down from €15.95)

Our Wine Director Lynne Coyle MW was delighted to find this Sicilian delight. The Colpasso Nero D'Avola Appassimento is made in a style our customers love. A selection of the best Nero D'Avola grapes were hand-picked early in the season and dried in the hot Sicilian sunshine to raisin and concentrate their flavours and aromas.

When the rest of the grapes were harvested these intensely flavoured berries were added back in to the fermented wine to add a rich intensity. To add a little bit of extra flavour and complexity the wine is then put in oak barrels.

It offers an intense bouquet of red berries and dried fruits, as well as nuts, pepper and spice. The palate is full and ripe with well balanced tannins and a long fine finish. If you love our Luna Argenta wine you will adore this new addition to the family.

Enjoy With: Rich tomato-based pasta dishes and hard Italian cheese.

Best New Zealand BBQ Red €17.95 (down from €19.95)

The Sacred Hill wines were very well received at this year's O'Briens Spring Wine Festival in May.  They are a certified Sustainable winery located by some of the best vineyard sites in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand's North Island.

Their Syrah offers aromas of dark chocolate, cranberries and wild thyme. The palate has fresh acidity to balance the dark berries and flavoursome spices of nutmeg and white pepper. Aged for 8 months in French oak to give extra complexity and richness of flavour this is an excellent example of what the Hawke's Bay region has to offer. Keep an eye out for the marvellous Sacred Hill Merlot which is also on offer through June.

Inside Track: Syrah & Shiraz are the same grape variety. It tends to be called 'Syrah' on the bottle when it is produced in an elegant, restrained Northern Rhône-style. Shiraz is usually used for the bolder, fruit-forward styles coming from warmer, New World regions (think Barossa Valley in South Australia).

Enjoy With: This is ideal with simple meats and burgers straight off the BBQ.

Photo courtesy of @TheIrishWino (Instagram)

Dozens of new wines have hit our shelves this year, so shop online or drop in to your local O'Briens store where our friendly and knowledgeable staff will gladly help you pick out a bottle from our exciting new ranges.

Please note: All prices correct at time of publication. For the most up to date prices please contact your local store or online www.obrienswine.ie

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O'Briens Wine by Lorcan O'brien - 2M ago

Your wedding day is one of the most eagerly anticipated and magical moments of your life, so it is understandable to want everything to be perfect. The volume of tasks can feel overwhelming with fine-detail planning needed in everything from bridal gowns to flower arranging. Although we can’t help you with tailoring or Azaleas, we love helping newly engaged couples to pick the perfect wines for their wedding reception, so we have compiled this handy guide to choosing that perfect wine to serve on your Big Day. And remember, these guidelines work equally well for every event from garden parties to special birthdays.

Budget

The cost of a wedding can spiral out of control very quickly, so your first task should be to sit down and decide on the breakdown of your entire budget. When you have allocated your wine spend you can choose whether you want the venue to supply the wine or if you want to supply your own. Most venues will charge you a corkage fee on wines you supply that may make their house wines seem more attractive: but with a little research you will get better quality wine at a cheaper cost if you supply the bottles yourself.  And don’t be afraid to bargain on the corkage fee if you think it is excessive.

How Much Wine?

When you have decided on your guest list and total wine budget you can now work out how much per person you want to spend on wine. You should budget for half a bottle (3 glasses) of still wine per person for dinner. If you are planning on serving sparkling wine as a welcome drink or toast you should allow for 2 glasses per person, meaning you should budget one bottle of fizz for every three guests.

For a wedding of 80 guests you should budget 40 bottles of still wine and 27 bottles of sparkling wine. I suggest you round your bottles up to the nearest case as you don’t want to run out of wine half way through the meal. O’Briens offer Sale or Return on 25% of your wine spend to take that fear out of over-ordering. When you know how many bottles you will need you can easily calculate your corkage fee and the remainder is the budget to spend on the wine itself. No need to budget for delivery costs as we offer free delivery on any order over €60.

What Wine to Choose?

Now that the practical budgeting is out of the way you can move on to choosing what wines to serve. An even split between red and white wines is a good place to start but always keep in mind the unique factors of your wedding. For a summer wedding with an outdoor reception you may want to slightly favour white or rosé wines, whereas a winter wedding with a rich heavy meal in the evening may call for more red wine to be served.

Whatever your personal taste I recommend you keep things simple for your wedding wine to suit as many guests as possible. Pick easy-drinking, fruity crowd-pleasing wines with moderate alcohol levels. Recognisable grape varieties are safe bets, as are classic regions. But there can be great value to be found in lesser-known regions and grapes if you are on a tighter budget. This is where the O’Briens friendly and knowledgeable staff will happily help you choose that perfect bottle. Buy a bottle to take with you to see if it matches your chosen menu. If you come back to place your wedding order O’Briens will refund the price of this bottle.

WHITE: An unoaked fresh white wine with vibrant fruit and refreshing acidity will suit most palates and match varied wedding food options.

RED: A young vibrant, fresh red wine with little or no oak, smooth tannins and lower alcohol will suit most guests.

ROSÉ: Rosé wines continue to see a surge in popularity and are a great choice for a summer wedding. Choose a dry, fruity fresh Provence style rosé to impress your guests. And to make our rosé selection more appealing we have Buy One Get One Half Price on a selection of summer rosé.

SPARKLING: If you want Champagne there is some great value from grower-Champagne houses if your budget doesn’t stretch to the Grandes Marques. Alternatively, Crémant is a quality French sparkling wine made outside the Champagne region but in the same laborious method. Other budget-friendly options include Cava and Prosecco.

How Much to Spend?

You already decided your budget so make sure you stick to it! But spending even €1-2 more per bottle can make a huge difference to the quality of the wine you serve. You don’t want your wine to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. There is excellent value to be found in the €9-€12 bracket that is sure to impress your guests and save you money on a venue’s house wine. Keep an eye out for your favourite O’Briens wines when they are on promotion and try purchase your wines during one of our loyalty card promotions to maximise your saving.

To get some inspiration we are seeing an increasing number of engaged couples attending our wine events in the new O'Briens Wine School in Donnybrook. Sign up to our Loyalty card in-store to be the first to get notifications on these events. Alternatively, drop in to your local O’Briens Wine where our friendly and knowledgeable staff will happily help you choose the perfect wine for your Big Day.

For further information please contact Lorcan at weddings@obrienswine.ie.

Please note: All prices correct at time of publication. For the most up to date prices please contact your local store or online www.obrienswine.ie

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