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Frankly Wines Top 10 Roses 2019

As Roses aren’t my area of expertise I’ve stolen borrowed some of the classifications from Wikipedia.  Of course different species and cultivars are found in different places, depending on local climatic conditions – terroir. 10. Bracteatae – three species, two from China and one from India. 9. Caninae – pink and white flowered species from Asia, Europe and North Africa. 8. Carolinae – white, pink,… Continue reading Frankly Wines Top 10 Roses 2019

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Frankly Wines Top 10 Fizz 2019

My interest in good and great bubbly is well known, so there are some crackers in my Top 10 Fizz this year.  It’s dominated by Champagnes, which reflects both my preferences and the wines that I’ve been able to taste in the last year or so – but try as many as you can and… Continue reading Frankly Wines Top 10 Fizz 2019

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Frankly Wines Top 10 Whites 2019

It’s awards season, with the Golden Globes and Oscars over it’s now time for the Frankly Wines Top Tens.  So here we go, kicking off with 10 fantastic white wines that I have really enjoyed in the past 12 months, and you should try to get hold of if you haven’t already: 10. Luigi Baudana “Dragon”… Continue reading Frankly Wines Top 10 Whites 2019

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Frankly Wines Top 10 Reds of 2017

Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo and Syrah make up a good proportion of the reds I really enjoyed last year and will be looking to enjoy again soon: 10. Urlar Gladstone Pinot Noir 2014 (14.5%, RRP €23.95) When it comes to New Zealand Pinot Noir a lot of the bottles available in Ireland are from Marlborough.  Although some… Continue reading Frankly Wines Top 10 Reds of 2017

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Frankly Wines Top 10 Whites of 2017

Here are ten fantastic whites which really impressed me in 2017 and I plan on drinking more of in 2018! 10. Les Deux Cols Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Zéphyr 2016 (14.0%, RRP €22.99) “Les Deux Cols” translates literally as “The Two Hills” but also refers to the two founding colleagues Simon Tyrrell and Charles Derain.  Now… Continue reading Frankly Wines Top 10 Whites of 2017

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Frankly Wines Top 10 Value Reds of 2017

Here are ten of the reds which impressed me in 2017 and represent fantastic value for money: 10. Bodegas Salentein Portillo Pinot Noir 2014 (14.2%, RRP €12.99) An unusual grape for Argentina, Pinot Noir is much more often seen on the western side of the Andes, but this is a remarkably drinkable example from Bodegas… Continue reading Frankly Wines Top 10 Value Reds of 2017

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Frankly Wines Top 10 Value Whites of 2017

2017 was another fantastic year of wine and I’ve been lucky to taste a great many superb wines.  For the first time, this year my Top 10s include Value Whites and Value Reds as lower priced wines often lie in the shadow of their more expensive counterparts.  Even so, there were many wines I had… Continue reading Frankly Wines Top 10 Value Whites of 2017

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Top 10 White Wine Bargains from O’Briens

After another successful O’Briens Wine Fair, I find myself with the usual predicament of too many good wines to recommend.  I have therefore picked my 10 favourite whites listed at €15.00 or under – before any promotional offers. Examining the list shows that: Several varieties are repeated: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Colombard and (unoaked) Chardonnay Several places… Continue reading Top 10 White Wine Bargains from O’Briens

Opinion

Frankly Wines Top 10 Fizz of 2016

And so, finally, here are my Top 10 Fizzes of 2016! 10. Hush Heath Estate Balfour 1503 Pinot Noir If you have an interest in fizz then you might know that Pinot Noir is an important grape in the production of sparkling wine, even for those with no colour, but Hush Heath Estate have taken… Continue reading Frankly Wines Top 10 Fizz of 2016