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Fancy a tipple this weekend?

Moncrieff's vino expert, Tomas Clancy, suggests some tasty numbers for your bank holiday weekend

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Caroline Clarke
14:00 Friday 18 April 2014

Peter Yealands, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2013

Baby Doll "knee High Miniature Sheep" sheep weed the vines, while Classical Music blasts out over the in vineyards enhancing the grapes with Mozart and Mahler, producing an emissions neutral (manure from the sheep, joins an all natural and sustainable fertilizing ecosystem for the vineyards ) wine, that practices organic sustainable methods like few others. Best of all, a delicious, zesty and complex wine.

Price : around €15.99 generally but on sale for Easter at Dunnes Stores at €13.50
Stockists:  Dunnes Stores, nationwide; O'Donovans Off Licence chain; O'Driscolls Ballinlough Road, Cork and better Independent Off Licences and wine shops nationwide

Bodegas Callia, Calia Magna, Tannat, Valle de Tulum, Argentina 2009

Wine lovers are often told that luscious fruity red wine are the perfect match for chocolate but as we approach the Easter chocolate festival, we respectfully disagree. We think you need to go towards contrasts, to enhance the chocolate, not compete with it. You would not enhance a bar of chocolate by smearing it in strawberry jam, so think, contrast not excess. And as the fashion for hipster, High Cocoa value, slightly bitter, grown up real chocolate makes an even bigger impact each year, an over sweet wine makes the chocolate appear even more bitter. The solution, a wine that has savoury tones, ring fenced by sweet glimpses, like this glorious Tannat, the pride of Argentina's highest vineyards and with the Andes as your base, Bodegas Callia work vineyards at 1300 meters, thats higher than any mountain in Ireland. Think farming on top of Carrauntoohil, or perhaps in this case, Croagh Patrick. A hard won delight.

Price : around €17.99

Stockist :  Deveneys in Dundrum, Dublin; World Wide Wines in Waterford; Martins Off Licence, Fairview, D3, Drinkstore, Stoneybatter and good independent Off Licences and Wine Shops nationwide


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