By Jean Smullen
This month the Dublin Gazette wine column features two of the most popular wines currently on sale in Ireland. Both are very widely available nationwide in SuperValu, Tesco, and Dunnes Stores, as well as independent off licences.
2020 Barefoot Pinot Grigio €9.00
in 1965, when California winemaker Davis Bynum first created Barefoot the unconventional name referred to the free-spirited method of crushing grapes barefoot. Today the winemaker Jenn Wall a Californian native, continues the tradition of creating a diverse selection of delicious wines. As we head into September and hope for an “indian summer” , why not try the enormously popular Barefoot range. Pinot Grigio is originally a French grape known as Pinot Gris but the Italian version of the name, Pinot Grigio, is now used globally. This wine has a little bit of the Muscat grape added. This has lovely floral aromas and flavours of pears and melon fruit, a good match for seafood with green salad and French dressing.
2020 DADA Bonarda/Malbec €13.00
DADA comes from Argentina and is made by a well-known winery, Finca las Moras. It is one of THE most popular red wines on sale in Ireland at the moment. Made from a blend of two grapes, the lesser known Bonarda 50% blended with the better know Malbec 50%, this wine, since its launch in 2014 has risen through the ranks in terms of popularity. It was the 4th best selling wine brand in Ireland in 2020 and its popularity continues to grow. . It has lots of ripe sweet fruit and lovely chocolate/mocha flavours with hints of spice. Really luscious and great for anyone new to wine who wants to give red a try. A great wine to match with a classic dish, think Spaghetti with Bolognese sauce.
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