David on Classic Easter Wines, Saturday AM, TV 3, 26th March 2016

On Saturday 26th March, David appeared on the Saturday:am Show on TV3 to talk about wine choices for Easter.

Below are the wines which featured on the show.  All are available from Whelehans Wines in Loughlinstown and also on our website www.whelehanswines.ie.

David can be seen talking about the Wines here on TV3 Player: Saturday:am – Easter Wines with David Whelehan

WHITES

Haut-Poitou Sauvignon Blanc 2014 €11.95
This is an intensely aromatic Sauvignon from the appellation Haut-Poitou in the Loire Valley, the spiritual home of this grape variety.

André Vatan Sancerre 2015 €19.95
A small family owned Domaine of just under 10ha. Here André & Arielle craft some of the most exciting wines in the Loire. This wine is particularly interesting as it showcases the great vintage that 2015 is. It will act as an interesting comparison with the Sauvion Haut-Poitou as both are Sauvignon Blancs and both are from the Loire Valley in France.

REDS

The classic match with lamb that is traditionally served at Easter is Bordeaux or Rioja, so it’s only appropriate that we investigate two offerings.

Château Janoy Bellevue 2014 €14.95
This classic Petit-Château is made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc. Polished with attractive red fruits. Gilbert & Gaillard, distinguished reviewers have awarded it a Gold Medal at the Concours International 2015.

Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2010 €19.95
This is a delicious Rioja that straddles the new style and the old style. Made 100% from the Tempranillo and aged in oak barrels for 20 months it is rich and ripe with attractive red fruit and vanilla notes. Decanter Magazine in March voted it the best of the 240 Riojas that it reviewed.

The essence of Champagne and sparkling wines

champagneChampagne, is the sparkling wine produced in the Northern region of Champagne in France and is  made either from the Chardonnay grape (white), the Pinot Noir grape (red) or the Pinot Meunier (red) or some blend of these grape varieties.  Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are regarded the most important grapes. The Chardonnay grape is known for its’ elegance, Pinot Noir for its’ power and Pinot Meunier for its’ fruit character. All other sparkling wines not from this region should be referred to as “Sparkling Wines”.
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The ‘Must-Have’ Wine Books for Wine Enthusiasts

One of the questions I am often asked when I am out and about. Can you recommend a good wine book?

This question is almost as challenging as the question can you recommend a good wine? The answer is so dependent on where the person’s interests’ lie and the stage that they are at on their wine odyssey. Over the years I have discovered some great wine writers whose works continue to impress and whose current releases seem to get better and better. In many ways mirroring my observations of following the careers of talented winemakers’ whose passion drives them on to be ever greater. So rather than specifying specific books, I rather list authors whose works will be readily available locally in book shops or online. These authors will provide the core to any great wine enthusiasts’ library.  Continue reading The ‘Must-Have’ Wine Books for Wine Enthusiasts

Grape varieties: Introducing the Great Whites

Bunches - Shoes on Wire (Justus Hayes)
Bunches – Shoes on Wire (Justus Hayes)

The wine world has an immense palate of wine grapes to draw on to making incredibly interesting and exciting wines. Italy alone has over 1,000 different grape varieties that are peculiar to its’ wine industry. However not dissimilar to our typical weekly diet, there are a few key grapes that fly under the banner of  ‘noble grape varieties’ that are very highly regarded and are planted all over the world. Today I’m introducing the key white varieties; namely Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

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How does soil influence wine quality – some thoughts

How does soil influence wine quality?

Soil indirectly influences the quality of wine by influencing the vines growth processes and thus the degree of maturity of the fruit. The significance of soil can sometimes be under-rated due to the hypotheses of ill informed ‘terroirists’ who erroneously argue that specific characteristics in wine can be directly attributed to a particular soil type. Continue reading How does soil influence wine quality – some thoughts

Wines to enjoy over Easter

Lamb seems to get top billing for the traditional Easter lunch and the great news is that as it is high in fat youthful red wines and wines with firmish tannins will really shine. There really are an immense number of options. The tradition has been Bordeaux, historically predominantly high in Cabernet Sauvignon, hence firm tannins or Rioja which can often have some firm oak tannins. The safest rule of thumb if you are going the succulent lamb route is to focus more on the old world wines. Continue reading Wines to enjoy over Easter