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Irish tax charges on wine are the very best in Europe, so it might appear harder to search out true worth right here than our continental neighbours. Nonetheless, the O’Briens Wine Group journey all around the world to make sure we work with small, quality-obsessed producers that provide nice worth for cash and farm their land in a sustainable method. Being a family-run firm, it’s a core philosophy of O’Briens, and our Wine Director Lynne Coyle MW.

As wine turns into extra common in rising economies, notably Russia and China, the worth of most of the best-known European Appellations have seen a gentle enhance. Different pressures lately, reminiscent of devastating hail within the Loire Valley and Burgundy, have diminished provide simply because the demand there will increase. Different points which have affected grape high quality and yields throughout European vineyards lately embrace frost in winter, heatwaves in summer time and mildew by means of the rising season.  So, you probably have seen the costs of your favorite wine kinds creep out of attain prior to now few years, these are all contributing elements.

Nonetheless, as vital as Appellations are to winemaking, there are sometimes options to your favorite wines. Be taught the grape and elegance you take pleasure in and take a look at some various wines that may prevent cash. You might shock your self and discover you want these new wines simply as a lot as you outdated favourites!

So, this week I’m going to share my inside monitor on one such instance. As a lot as I like Sancerre, I am unable to afford to drink them too typically, so right here is the wine I attain for after I’m within the temper for a superb high quality Loire Valley white that provides good worth.

Greatest Sancerre Options

Sancerre is among the hottest white wines from France. Made within the jap Loire Valley from the Sauvignon Blanc grape selection, the most effective examples show recent, zesty citrus fruits and a attribute flinty minerality on the end.

The Loire Valley

As the most effective Sancerre’s unavoidably change into costlier, many winemakers are on the lookout for websites within the valley that share related soils and local weather, that fall outdoors the Appellation. These wines will not have that prestigious Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé badge of honour, so will not be as a lot in demand, maintaining their costs low. Nonetheless, a few of these wines supply distinctive worth for cash, and are made by the identical winemakers. In the identical wineries!

Robert Cantin Sauvignon Blanc €11.95 (down from €14.95 for August)

Winemaker Eric Louis crafts a few of our hottest prestigious Loire wines, together with the chic Sophie Bertin Sancerre. However he additionally produces wines outdoors the better-known appellations.

His Robert Cantin Les Grèzes wine is produced from Sauvignon Blanc vines that lie barely outdoors the borders of the Sancerre Appellation, however develop in related limestone soil and in the identical local weather. Handled with the identical meticulous care and a focus as any of his costlier cuvées, winemaker Eric Louis crafts this in his fashionable chrome steel vineyard to create a zesty and recent wine with a terrific flinty end that provides an ideal various to Sancerre at half the worth!

Loire Sauvignon Blanc Meals Pairing:

The clear acidity and zesty citrus fruits would pair completely with a steaming bowl of recent mussels.

O’Briens Wine Fashion Information

This is only one instance of how shopping for sensible can open you as much as good worth wine options. That can assist you choose others, now we have produced the useful O’Briens Wine Fashion Information that may show you how to select one thing to fit your palate.

Merely look on any of our level of sale tags and it’ll have one in every of these symbols displayed.

Then search for different wines from the O’Briens vary with the identical image and they’re seemingly to fit your palate. Straightforward!

Our pleasant and educated groups in-store will gladly discuss you thru find out how to get probably the most from the O’Briens Wine Fashion Information.

Please word: All costs appropriate at time of publication. For the freshest costs please contact your native retailer or on-line www.obrienswine.ie.