Brr – Its time for Winter Reds

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The temperature according to the iPhone is 4c out there. Time to uncork a couple of those wonderful winter reds and light up the fire! We’ve a couple of favs when it comes to winter reds below are top 3.

1) Monte Zovo Ca’Linverno Rosso – Big brooding Ripasso style red from Verona with a dollop of Cabernet added to the blend that gives a nice raisiny spice edge that reminds you the days are closing it. Trust us once you go Ca’Linverno you won’t go back. We highly recommend this with a bit of dark choc. €20.95 reduced to €17.95 until Dec 31st. Save €3

2) Yalumba Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz – Winter warmers like BBQ wines are generally big robust and flavoursome, all three qualities of the excellent Scribbler. Silky smooth palate that is bursting with juicy red cherry and spicy fruits. Soft and elegant with a lovely long finish. €21.95 reduced to €18.95 until Dec 31st. Save €3

3) Blue Cutting Road Cabernet Merlot – It wouldn’t be winter/Christmas @Woodberrys without this old favourite!! This wine has got it all big warming flavours wrapped up in a palate that is as smooth as hammered silk! Blackberry, blackcurrant turkish delight notes to beat the band. Don’t believe us try it!!! €14.95 reduced to €12.50 until Dec 31st.

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From the mind of Diego Cottini – Ca’linverno Bianco Veronese

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The idea for the Ca’linverno White wine, was born from the mind of Diego Cottini, owner and winemaker at Monte Zovo. While Diego has produced a wonderful Ca’linverno Rosso from dried Veronese grapes and Cabernet Sauvignon for some years now,this is his first vintage of Ca’linverno Bianco. Born of the same experimentation and intuition. The wine is the result of a blend of aromatic white grapes, Sauvignon Blanc and the much maligned Muller Thurgau, joined with Garganega grapes the main grape of Soave.

These wines are then allowed to dry on the vine, a technique devised by Diego Cottini and up until now only applied in the production of Ca’linverno Rosso wines.The grapes that go in to the making of  this wine originate in the vineyards higher than many others near Verona and are left to fully mature on the vine branch.

The wine is requires about 20 minutes to breathe when opened, something we would recommend for bolder whites under cork. But once it opens up it has a bright juicy citrus and tropical fruits with a streak of minerality and hints of white blossom, bitter almond and stone fruits. The palate is on the full side;  generous, revealing apricots, citrus fruits, flowers and minerality. Generous acidity and a rich texture enforce the elegant finish this wine has. 

Movember @ Woodberrys

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As some of the more eagle-eyed customers in over the last few days may have noticed some thing has change about Tadhg’s appearance and no he didn’t get a hair cut – he did lose some hair however! We have signed up for Movember all three of us and you can help us in our charitable endeavour by donating to team Woodberrys here.

We are also going to donate €0.50 from every bottle sold this November to a collection of Mental Health Charities. Given recent tragic circumstances in Galway we look to do what we can do for our local community, and if that means resembling Tom Selleck (We kill for his mustache at the minute) for the month, so be it. It is important that everyone has a voice, and one which is heard. Our aim in Thomas Woodberrys is to enhance the awareness of mental health and raise some much-needed funds for the relative agencies.

Winter Wine Fair is Back!

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Some of Last Years Spannish Line Up
The Annual Woodberrys Wine Fair is Back!

Picture Wine Fair 2012

Woodberrys Annual Winter Wine Fair takes place on Friday, 29th of November, from 5.00pm to 9.00pm.

This is our biggest tasting session of the year and not to be missed. We’ll be tasting 100 or so of the best wines available in Ireland today! We advise three tours of the room the white walk, the red run and sparkling and fortified shuffle at the end. As always it’s an informal affair where you can try the wines and ask us if you need any extra info. This is a great chance to try some of the new wines that have arrived over the last year or even last few weeks.

The tasting will be in the beautiful Connemara Suite in The Meyrick Hotel, centrally located on Eyre Square, with the Christmas Market out front, Buses to get you to and from the Hotel right at hand and a spacious car park right beside the hotel in the Old CIE bus yard.

The Vitals: Picture 2 Wine Fair 2012

Friday 29th November 5pm-9pm

Connemara Suite, Meyrick Hotel

Tickets: €15 or 2 for €25

For any further information or queries drop us an email, or give us a call on 091-533706

2013 Novello has Arrived

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Vino Novello, Italian for ‘young wine’, is a light, fruity, red wine produced throughout Italy. Novello is similar to its French cousin Beaujolais Nouveau in taste, body and color, but is produced using multiple grape varieties with a more liberal fermentation process. Novello is officially released for sale November 6. Vino Novello is lightweight with low alcohol content (usually not more than 11 or 12%) and with sweet and fruity aromas. The wine is made to be drunk young, Novello does not have tannins. In some places in Italy, tradition says the last day to consume Novello is “I Giorni della Merla”, the days of the blackbird, said to be the coldest day of the year (29th-31st January), but the wine can be drunk right through the spring if one chooses. Vino Novello is made from a different process than normal red wines, called Carbonic Maceration. Although many experts criticize the process, Carbonic maceration is a technique of wine making by accelerating the fermentation process, developed in France in the ’30s. The grapes are placed in large barrels or vats. They are then closed off and the oxygen is eliminated by pumping in CO2. The natural yeast migrate from the skin of the grapes into the pulp looking for water and oxygen and the fermentation takes place. The fermentation process for producing Novello is about 20 days. The whole bunches are placed within a designated 50 to 70 hl tubs, in which after producing a vacuum of air is blown CO2 at 30 degrees Celsius for 7–14 days. The clusters that are located on the bottom of the tanks are crushed by the mass of grapes and release the juice. Yeasts indigenous to the pulp from the peel migrate in search of oxygen and water, triggering a process of intracellular fermentation. At the end of the cycle, the ‘red wine’ is slightly crushed and further fermented for 3-4 days. The minimum alcohol content is 11%, the deadline for bottling is 31 December of the same vintage year.

We have 20% off Antonutti’s Vino Novello 2013 €14.95 reduced to €11.96

Or you can buy 6 for €70.00