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Wines with that Holiday Vibe

Posted on 17th July 2017 by JN Wine

Wines with that Holiday Vibe

Wine has a sense of place and has the ability to transport you to its origin, to the land on which the grapes grew and to the people who harvested the grapes, pressed them and saw the finished product through to its bottle. And then that bottle ends up in your kitchen here in sunny Northern Ireland!

Whether you want a reminder of a memorable holiday or perhaps it is one you are looking forward to? Or maybe we can just tempt you to dream?

Here are some suggestions from some of our favourite holiday destinations:

  • Portugal – one of the most popular holiday destinations for Ulster travellers, yet Portugal’s wine regions and unique grape varieties are relatively unfamiliar to most. Their red wines are often blends of these fabulous native grapes with their weird and wonderful names. You don’t need to memorise their names but you are sure to be won over by the dense fruit and creamy spice of the Alento red. Lush and juicy with sweet bramble fruit, it is the perfect match for summer lamb. Quinta do Mouro Alento Red 2015, £10.45 


  • Provence – nothing is more evocative of summer in Provence than a glass of chilled pale Rosé. Chateau Vignelaure is the perfect example. Dry and delicate yet well balanced, it has enticing strawberry fruit and a lingering finish. Try it with Salad Niçoise and you are practically there! Chateau Vignelaure Rose 2015 £15.79 


  • Spain – Hard to pick out a single wine from Spain but Rioja is the one that most people know and love. The Paco Garcia Crianza has been aged in French oak for 12 months giving it a velvety smoothness, with hints of blackberry, coconut and flowers. Try it with some Spanish Manchego cheese or some wonderful Iberico ham for a full Spanish experience.  Bodegas Paco Garcia Rioja Crianza 2013, £13.79


  • Venice – Harry’s bar in Venice was the birthplace of the Bellini cocktail – a sumptuous blend of fresh peach juice and prosecco. Take yourself there without the eye watering prices by reproducing the Bellini at home. Our Prosecco Spumante makes the perfect base, topped up with peach puree.  Botter Prosecco DOC Spumante £11.39


  • California- lots of good wines from the sunshine state but perhaps most evocative is the Cline family’s Viognier. It is exotic and full of personality with abundant peach, apricot and honeysuckle on the nose and palate. Delicious with Asian stir fries.  Cline Cellars Viognier 2013 £12.89


  • Loire Valley – the beautiful chateau of Chenonceaux is one of the highlights of the picturesque Loire Valley; it is also one of our favourite white wines! It has an intense grassy-lemon nose, a supple palate and delicate flavours of gooseberry with subtle touches of green apple, kiwi and passion fruit to delight the palate and engage the senses. The perfect match for some fresh fish or even fish and chips!  Domaine Bellevue Touraine Chonceaux Blanc 2014, £13.99

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