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Italian Grape Press

The O’Briens Italian Wine Sale in full swing, with up to 40% off our entire Italian range until Monday 28th October! No better time to pick up a great bottle of vino for your favourite pasta dish and live la dolce vita. It’s hard to nail down favourites from our lineup, so here are some press quotes from Ireland’s top wine writers to help you make your choice.

‘Bargain of the Week’

Chianti is a traditional favourite style but as with many wine regions, quality can vary greatly. So it’s wonderful to have a solid go-to Chianti that can always be relied upon. Our Volpetto Chianti Riserva is consistently brilliant and currently has 40% Off, down to €11.95! Tom Doorley agrees.

“Down from €19.95, this is the bargain of the week! A savoury, classic Italian red with dark cherry fruit, a fine acidic backbone, supple tannins and lovely length. Great with a roast and tastes even posher with some gamey venison.”Tom Doorley, Irish Daily Mail

Made by award-winning winemaker Stefano Chioccioli, this is modern Chianti at its best. Packed full of sour cherry, red-berry fruits, a nice touch of oak and silky smooth: a superb modern and well-made wine that will appeal to everyone, not just fans of Italian reds.  Pair with classic Italian meat dishes, such as ragú Bolognaise or stuffed Aubergines.

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Best Amarones

Last week I described the Passito Method for producing rich, robust red wines.  The most famous style is Amarone from Valpolicella, in northern Italy. These are expensive wines to produce and buy but with 20% off there is no better chance to explore these wines.

The grapes for this wine are dried for 3 months after picking, and then fermented in stainless steel vats before ageing for 12 months in oak barriques and 24 months in 25hl barrels. Rich and complex with lots of dark black fruit, this boasts a classic savoury quality. Despite the typically high alcohol, this Amarone carries Rizzardi’s signature elegance.

“Made primarily from Corvina and Corvinone, this spends 36 months in oak barrels, letting the dark fruit flavours develop polish, complexity and spice while maintaining a lovely fresh acidity.”- Corinna Hardgrave, Irish Independent

Pair this with rich meals like lamb or beef. Or stock up for Christmas dinner perhaps?

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If Rizzardi’s Amarone is on the fresher side, Musella’s flagship Riserva Amarone is a richer, more opulent style of wine. The best bunches of hand-picked grapes undergo the drying process. The grapes lose at least the 35% of their original weight thereby concentrating sugar, aromatic compounds and tannins. The juice is then fermented carefully in stainless steel before maturation in 350L oak barrels for 8 months, then 500L barrels for 10 months and finally 3300L barrels for 6 months. No expense spared to create Musella’s flagship wine. This is a ‘Special Occasion’ Wine that also makes the ideal gift, as it has the ability to age for a long time if cellared correctly.

“During my visit to Musella I tasted a range of vintages with the highlight being the dark chocolate and raisined 2005 which has several years of development left. The 2016 has lively candied cherry fruit aromas and a silky but textured elegance on the palate and good depth- the core of the wine has lots of finely tuned dark chunky fruits to see it into the 2030’s should you be the patient type.” -Leslie Williams, The Irish Examiner

There are over 90 wines with up to 40% off in the O’Briens Italian Wine Sale until Monday 28th October. So, drop in to your local O’Briens Wines where are friendly staff will gladly pick that perfect bottle. Or shop online.

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