This week is Wine Education Week and what better way to celebrate than the launch of our new customer information guide to explain the differences between Organic, Biodynamic and Sustainable wines. It also explains why a wine is Vegan or Vegetarian and why the humble bumble bee is so important to our daily lives. Printed on recycled paper, the beautiful guides will be landing in-store this week, so drop in to your local O’Briens to learn more. For now, here’s an early sneak peek!
This week also see the midway point of the O’Briens Annual Wine Sale (ends 22nd Septmeber), with over 100 wines up to 50% off. So, I thought it fitting to look at some of the best Organic wines in the Sale.
Best Organic Chilean Winery
Emiliana is dedicated to organic viticulture and is the largest producer of estate-grown organic wines in the world. Their stunning flagship Coyam Organic is consistently my go-to treat wine and this quality filters down to the rest of their wines. Adobe is their value range of organic wines and 2 of them have 33% off in the O’Briens Wine Sale!
The Adobe Organic Rosé is down to €9.95 from €14.95 until 22nd September and offers delicious strawberry and red cherry aromas. The palate is medium in weight with fresh summer fruits and a delicate, silky palate. And don’t think rosé is just for summer drinking, this is a very food-friendly style of wine to suit any season. The crisp acidity and delightfully textured palate would lend this wine to a wide range of foods, from lightly spiced Asian dishes to grilled fish.
Also €9.95 is the vibrant and fresh Adobe Sauvignon Blanc. Although Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most drunk styles of wine in Ireland, much of it can be unbalanced and uninteresting. This wine is very different- herbaceous and vibrantly fresh with delightful acidity balanced by plenty of citrus and tropical fruit flavours. More akin to a good Marlborough Sauvignon than many others coming out of Chile.
When we think of South American Malbec we tend to default to Argentina, but their Andean neighbours are also making some excellent examples with this popular grape variety. The Malbec grapes for Miya Ray Organic come from old vineyards in Chile’s Curicó Valley. Traditional, minimum intervention techniques are practiced in the winery to encourage the purest expression of the fruit. This is a deeply coloured wine with rich dark fruit flavours on the generous palate and a hint of smoke and toast from a touch of American and French oak barrels. The silky palate is complex and structured with round, soft tannins.
Food Match: As with an Argentinian Malbec, this would pair very well with meats straight off the BBQ, but as it is a Vegan wine, it would go equally well with grilled vegetable skewers.
Italy is the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement and central and southern Italy has been at the forefront of the recent move towards natural and organic winemaking practices. A few weeks ago I raved about our wonderful new Lunaria range of organic and vegan wines.
As much as we love introducing new wines there are classic customer favourites in the Sale too, such as the Integro Negroamaro Organic from Puglia. This is a powerful and concentrated red made from organic Negroamaro grapes grown under the hot southern Italian sunshine, giving a rich ripeness to the wine. Full-bodied and powerful, this would be ideal with a rich tomato pasta dish or hearty Autumnal stew.
The Annual Wine Sale continues in-store and online until 22nd September, so drop in to your local O’Briens for plenty more great offers.
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.