Saturday the 12th November, I was invited to attended the O’Brien Wine Festival at print works in Dublin Castle. Who better to bring with me than the Mammy, She loves a glass of wine. I left Karl in charge of the mad house and I skipped my way to the train. I had 34 minutes of uninterrupted peace on the train, I was able to listen to my music without hearing, “mammm, will you put on trolls music”. It was also a great excuse to spend time with my mother on my own, it’s very rare we actually get the time alone as there is usually a child hanging out of either one of us. It was a wet, rainy Saturday afternoon and with the promise of wine so off we hopped to Dublin castle, not without stopping in a few shops first.
When we got into the O’Brien’s Wine Festival, in Dublin Castle. We were greeted by two lovely ladies who handed us two beautiful complementary Tipperary crystal glasses and a directory of the wines that we would be tasting. There were over 60 wineries at the festival with over 250 wines to taste. The Mammy’s eyes lit up when she heard that many wines to taste. Before I go into the wine, I’d like to declare I am not a wine connoisseur, I know what I like and that’s that. And this post is only about White Wine as both my mother and me only like white, Oh and bubbles we love the bubbles.
We were greeted with a room full of people from all walks of life, there was a man, which I can only describe as an old-fashioned gentleman, tailored suit polished shoes dicky bow and matching handkerchief. There were plenty of rugby fans in jerseys, (I should say Ireland were playing South Africa in the rugby that day), groups of girl friends who were full of laughter and also older ladies probably meeting for their monthly get-together. Wine isn’t a drink that suits just one stereotypical type of person.
I am just going to give you a list of what wines we liked and a little on what we liked about it
Here is a list of my favouite 5 wines:
Chicken Run, Sauvignon Blanc €13.95.
Chocalan Reserva Sauvignon Blanc €13.95
Also a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. This Reserva is made in a family-based winery called Vina Chocalan.
Chocalan Reserva Sauvignon Blanc is priced at €13.95 in O’Brien’s.
You can taste the freshness of this Sauvignon and with it has a zingy fresh lime-filled finish.
Cave de Lugny Crémant de Bourgogne €17.95
This French wine is made from Chardonnay grapes from vineyards around the famous village of Lugny in Burgundy.
Cave de Lugny Crémant de Bourgogne is priced at €17.95, it is reduced at present for the O’Brien’s Winter Wine Offers. Usually retails at €20.95
It has a pear flavour and the dryness of the bubbles doesn’t make it very sweet.
Mionetto MO Doc Prosecco NV €19.95
Mionetto started off as a winery in the heart of the Prosecco area, just north of Venice, Italy 130 year ago. It has since grown to be one of the leading prosecco producers.
Mionetto MO Doc Prosecco NV cost €19.95, it is included in the O’Brien’s Winter Wine Offer Usually retails at €21.95
The bubbles in this prosecco just pop and have flavours of pear and melon, There is a dry Crisp finish in it.
Coft Pink, NV, €26.95
This Rose comes from Portugal and Croft is one of the most distinguished of all Port houses. And it is made from a blend of port grapes. It is, in fact, the first ever rose port wine.
Croft Pink costs €26.95, but with the alcohol volume of 20%, you wouldn’t be drinking many bottles a night. I remember port as, been my granny’s drink at Christmas. But OMG this taste gorgeous, the flavours of cherry and honey and also a sour grapefruit. This could be an aperitif for after a dinner, It reminds me of a honey wine or rice wine. I was told it is lovely for a cocktail, or to mix a lemonade with it. Both I and my mother have said that this is the wine of choice for Christmas day.
There were so many wines to try and if I was to taste all the wine, I would have probably been on my ear, and the poor mother was getting giddy, so it was time to leave. We had a lovely dinner in Luigi Malones and another glass of wine each. As I said before I am far from a wine connoisseur but I know what I like and that’s all that matters to me. I would only enjoy wine with my dinner, however, I really think I found my wine of choice the Croft Pink.
All alcohol is a depressant, That “warm fussy feeling” you can get when you have that first drink is due to the chemical changes alcohol has caused in your brain. Like most, a drink can help me feel more confident and less anxious. However, that’s because it’s starting to depress the part of the brain we associate with been anxious and depressed. But, the more alcohol you have the more of the brain starts to be affected. It doesn’t matter what mood you’re in to start with, when high levels of alcohol are involved, instead of pleasurable effects increasing, and it’s possible that a negative emotional response will take over. And you will become more anxious and depressed and sometimes angry. I know this and I don’t drink that often because of the after effects. It is usually three days after drinking and I still feel low and anxious.
“All the above-mentioned wines are available on at the many O’Brien stores nationwide and also at https://www.obrienswine.ie/“
I did received tickets for the wine festival and was gifted two extra ticket for a give-away competition on my Facebook page. As with all my reviews, they are my personal and honest opinion. I do not work with O’Brien’s Wine. I am not compensated in any way to review or promote any of the products discussed on this blog. And also please drink sensible. Vist www.drinkaware.ie for handy tips and furthure infomation