Great value from the Mediterranean

Laurent Miquel dominated the French part of the tasting.

IN my latest column in the Irish Examiner I’m taking a look at the forthcoming current wine promotion in Dunnes Stores.

Having kicked off on Wednesday, it features dozens of wines from Spain, the south of France and Italy.

There is some amazing value on offer and you may wish to suspend the booze cruise this year, and instead take a look at the shopping list I suggest in my column online over here.

The tasting featured four classy Italian reds, two each from Tuscany and Chianti.

Last week, Dunnes held a preview tasting for the media, showcasing dozens of its exclusive wines from the mediteranean. While they’ve occasionally held smaller scale events this was practical purposes their first open-ended wine tasting. Does this matter? Yes it does. A lot.

Most importers and some retailers hold periodic tastings for the media. I and others like me — who contribute wine opinion to papers, radio and blogs — taste through a cross-section of wines seeking out the best quality and value wines to recommend.

Tastings of this type provide the only practicable way for us to get a wide-angle view of the wine world – they offer the only means to properly understand what’s good value out there, what’s indifferent, what’s overpriced or overhyped.

I and the others do of course happen upon good wines to recommend in the more usual way — at a dinner party, or by browsing shelves and buying on spec. While delightful and useful (in this way I’ve stumbled upon many of the wines that have graced the food and wine pages of the Irish Examiner) it’s far too haphazard an approach to the thousands of bottles on the Irish market.
For the same reason that I recommend anyone with any level of interest in wine to get to tasting sessions – but especialy the larger scale ones such as wine fairs. ♦

 Store Code  Store Name  WINE
   200  ASHLEAF CRUMLIN  A
   205  BLANCHARDSTOWN S  A
   207  CORNELSCOURT  A
   213  DONAGHMEDE  B
   214  MAYNOOTH  B
   219  GEORGES STR.  A
   234  NORTH EARL ST.  B
   243  PORTMARNOCK  B
   246  SWAN CENTRE  B
   247  SWORDS PAVILLION  B
   250  STEPHENS GREEN  A
   255  LEOPARDSTOWN  B
   257 FINGLAS CHARLESTOWN  B
   258 BEACON COURT  A
   304  ATHLONE IRISHTOW  B
   309  SCOTCH HALL  B
   311  ARD EASMUINN  B
   312  THE MARSHES  A
   315  KILKENNY  B
   321  MULLINGAR HARBOU  B
   326  NAVAN GROCERY  B
   327  ASHBOURNE  B
   328  ENNISCORTHY  A
   336  REDMOND SQUARE  B
   338  CARLOW  B
   339  EDENDERRY  B
   340  KYLE CTR PORTLOAISE  A
   341  GOREY  A
   350 KILKENNY MCDONAGH  A
   352 ARKLOW BRIDGEWATER  A
   400  DAVIS ROAD NEW  A
   409  DOUGLAS COURT  A
   411  ENNIS  A
   412  JETLAND  A
   417  BALLINCOLLIG  A
   418  LIMERICK HENRY  B
   428  PARKWAY  A
   437  TRALEE NCR  A
   441  HORAN CENTRE TRA  C
   445  BISHOPSTOWN COUR  A
   446  CARRIGALINE CORK  A
   448  CLONAKILTY *  B
   452 MACROOM  A
   454 ROSCREA  B
   458 TIPPERARY TOWN  B
   511  WESTSIDE  A
   518  CRANMORE  B
   520  TERRYLAND  A
   524 KNOCKNACARRA / RAHOON  B
   526  FORTE SC LETTERKENNY  B
   528 BRIAR HILL  B
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9 Responses

  1. Will all stores be stocking the wines you have recommended or just a select few?

    • Warren – I owe you a big apology. Hadn’t seen your message til now. Will pop nationwide info up shortly. Also, would you like to tell me *roughly* where in Ireland you are? I could get back immediatedly with nearest store(s). Thanks, Blake.

  2. No problem at all!

    I live in Cork city so Patrick St or North main St would be the closest to me.

    • The nearest stores with the *entire* mediterranean range are – Douglas Court, Ballincollig, Bishopstown, Carrigaline, Clonakilty and Macroom. Later than planned but may still be of some use….

    • I’ll check which of the ones I’m recommending are in the store nearest to pana. Thanks for your patience! 🙂

  3. Cheers, I live halfway between the city and Douglas so could head out there.

    Its the red from Priorat which I’m most interested in…

  4. […] here for details of the current Mediterranean promotion at Dunnes Stores which includes some excellent […]

  5. Interesting that you liked the Chiantis and column said Burchino for you was best wine of tasting. We’re all different. I hated them. felt both Burchino and Florentia tainted by Brettanomyces. Not just an unpleasant smell but makes palate hard and metallic.

    My best by red was probably the Minervois but plenty of good Spanish too.

    • Wow – didn’t detect anything like that. Thought there were interesting contrasts among the two chianti / two toscana. Crossos also outstanding imho.

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