Over the past few years it has been rare that Ireland finds itself in the international news for positive reasons, but today is certainly one of them. The first country to offer the electorate a vote over same sex marriage and looking likely to be the first country to pass that vote. And by a landslide no less. There seems to be a real positivity in the air, enhanced by the beautiful May sunshine: almost as rare as a positive Irish news story. So, what better way to enjoy this beautiful and historic day than a barbeque with a few good Sauvignon Blancs from the O’Briens wine promotion?
Ok, this is cheating slightly, as Sauvignon Blanc only makes up a tiny part of this blend, but how better to kick things off than with a bottle of fizz? Relatively light in alcohol (10.5%), this is made in the Extra-Dry style, meaning it has a little residual sugar sweetness. Alongside this touch of sweetness is a lovely rich body with hints of pear and stone fruits. This is a little more expensive than some other Prosecco (more fizz pressure=more tax!) but well worth it for this celebratory day. Complex and easy drinking, this will pair up with plenty of foods- oysters or buffalo mozzarella aperitifs spring to mind.
O’ Briens Off-Licences: Was €17.99. Now €14.99.
This is a lovely dry, classic Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. Dry with lovely high acidity, and fresh citrus fruits, enjoy this chilled with chicken or cheese dishes. This is great value for under a tenner. Excellent value for a good barbeque wine.
O’ Briens Off-Licences: Was €14.99. Now €9.99.
If you prefer a bolder, fruitier style Sauvignon Blanc, the Ara Pathway from the extremely popular Marlborough region in New Zealand is certainly worth a look. It is very aromatic with notes of cut grass and herbs, peaches and passion fruit. It also has a lovely stony minerality adding some lovely complexity. This is an extremely easy drinking wine and would go great with grilled white meats straight off the barbecue.
These are just a few good value suggestions to try on this historic day. But whatever you do, enjoy your weekend and appreciate what the people of Ireland have achieved.