Blake’s Blog – Buying is a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Having just returned from France on a very interesting tasting and buying trip, ( the result of which, you will see in the Fine Wines Shops and Online over the next few days) I have just enough time to let you in on a few favourites this month, before popping off to the London Wine Fair. A tough job, but somebody’s got to do it, thank goodness it’s me.


With over 20 years in the business I feel lucky to be able to find and deliver to our customers the best the world of wine has to offer, at prices that won’t break the bank. The following three wines I have chosen for their distinction and the fact that they are representative of their country of origin.


Firstly to New Zealand and a definite winner with this classic Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough.


Curio Bay €6.49 ( a steal at less than half its normal retail price of €13.99).
Marlborough can lay claim to starting the modern New Zealand wine industry. In the late 1970s, Marlborough produced Sauvignon Blanc, among other varieties, which led to a growth in confidence that New Zealand could produce wines that can stand up against the Big Boys of France, Spain, Italy, Australia etc.
Today, the Marlborough wine region represents 62% of total vineyard area in the country. The king varietal here is Sauvignon Blanc, closely followed by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Sauvignon Blancs, from Marlborough offer unique aromas and flavors, which earns them much praise from wine lovers around the world.
Curio Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a full flavoured wine with aromas of peach and nectarine, showing steely mineral and stony characteristics of the Marlborough district, leaving a long lingering finish. It is the perfect summers evening wine to be sipped, and enjoyed with friends, I promise you that you will not be disappointed.


Crossing the miles to the more widely recognised Australian name of “Rosemount” we are thrilled to be able to offer this exciting and exclusive Aussie Red & White.


Rosemount Winemakers Collection
Bob Oatley established Rosemount Estate in 1969 after a career in the coffee industry where he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services in Papua New Guinea. Bob Oatley instilled at Rosemount Estate a mentality learned in the coffee industry; that a quality product will always be sought out and appreciated. Bob Oatley’s wish to establish a reputation for fine wine production was satisfied early and has led Rosemount Estate to establish a wide variety of vineyard sites around Australia that take advantage of the varied soil types and regional climates. The popularity of Rosemount wines has grown annually and it is now a household name


Rosemount Winemakers Collection Shiraz €6.99 (RRP €11.49)
The deep colour gives a hint to the rich fruity style of this intense red. Plums and figs are tempered with layers of spice and vanilla oak giving this big red a power punch on the finish. Ideal with any red marinated BBQ meats.


Rosemount Winemakers Collection Chardonnay €6.99 (RRP €11.49)
You can almost feel the sunshine…the generous style of ripe peaches and melons mingling with complex lime juice and honey create a wine that just begs to be shared on a balmy evening, but as this is Ireland we will settle for moderate sunshine, a Barbie in the garden and best of all, friends to share with.


Check back next month for more winners……………..