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Wine with Leslie: wines you can still buy for Christmas

We’re almost there but don’t worry, you still have time to grab a few last minute bottles from your local store or supermarket and I’ve selected a few below.

If you are sorted for wine but just remembered that you forgot to buy someone a gift, I recommend buying them a wine subscription or voucher online. Ely Wine Shop and Wine Bars have just set up a wine subscription service. Each month, club members receive three bottles on a specific seasonal theme or focused on a particular region, or new wines from the store. Ely does not commit to any rules but promises that the wines will most likely be organic or biodynamic and you can sign up for one, three or six months or for a full year for € 120 per month – Shop.Elywinebar .c ‘ is to say offers a similar service and can tailor the subscription to the recipient’s tastes. Boxofwine is aimed more at novices but the undecided will find it useful as well. Another site I recommend is which has organized boxes and adds a bit of pop culture wit and fun – for example “Wiseguys: The Hidden Underbelly of Italian Wine” or “Alt-White “for an unusual blend of white wines. . The site is perhaps my favorite wine site to browse and Rory has a brilliant selection of some of Ireland’s top importers – I doubt there’s a wine on his site that hasn’t appeared on this page.

The other site I can’t recommend highly enough is – Sommelier in Your Pocket which focuses almost exclusively on organic and biodynamic wines, again from some of our top importers such as Grape Circus, Nomad Wines and WineMason. The old reliable and long established online sites such as and their grandfather are also worth exploring and remember that many freelancers have their own online store and service. delivery – try, LeCaveau. i.e. and for beer, check out and – the latter is owned by which has the largest range of whiskey and gins in the country.

One wine I was afraid to present in case it’s already gone is the fruity and spicy Barão de Vilar Douro by SuperValu which is offered in 6 bottles for 40 € – such offers will not be possible next year due to of the minimum price. Merry Christmas!

Wines under € 15

Château du Bois Chantant Bordeaux Supérieur 2018 – € 14.99

Stockist: Spar, Eurospar, Londis and Mace across the country

If you hate to brave the crowds in town today, remember that your local Spar-Londis-Mace imports great wines – and luckily, they don’t play the half-price game. This family-owned wine is 90% Merlot plus Cab. Sauvignon with a nose of chocolate and plums, solid berries on the palate and crunchy black fruits on the finish.

Teófilo Reys, Ribera del Duero, Spain – € 10.40

Reseller: Dunnes Stores nationwide

I’m not sure there is another Ribera del Duero worth buying for € 15, it doesn’t matter at just € 10.40 (usually € 13). It spends four months in French oak and has lots of ripe smoky black fruit flavors with flavors of bramble, pomegranate and cranberry on the palate and nice weight and weight for such a low price. It will work with everything from lamb and beef to turkey, cheese platters and certainly leftovers.

Pouco Comum Alvarinho 2020, Minho, Portugal – € 15.99

Resellers: Matson’s Grange, Youghal and Douglas, La Touche, O’Briens, Red Island Wines, Deveneys, Corkscrew, Whelehans Wines.

A little over € 15 but well worth an extra euro as this low harvest variety is difficult to grow cheaply. From northern Portugal, just across the river Minho de Albariño country – Rias Baixas. Ripe peach and pear aromas, textured and layered of creamy baked fruit and citrus with a crisp, tangy apple acidity on the finish. Perfect pairing with seafood.

Wine from € 15

Casa Belfi Prosecco Colfondo Frizzante, Veneto, Italy – € 22.95

Resellers: L’Atitude 51, Bradleys, Green Man Wines, Le Caveau

This delicious wine is bursting with character and is so much more interesting than standard Prosecco. This is organic and biodynamic, unfiltered and sulfur free and is packed with flavors of overripe pear and apple pie rather than the usual peaches and cream. Also watch out for the Rosso Colfondo version which has a pleasant cranberry flavor – what’s more Christmas? We pour L’Attitude today.

Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 2001, Portugal – € 44.99
Reseller: O’Donovans, Independents

Fonseca dates back to 1815 and is often a bit under the radar – these days they’re part of the Taylors Port family along with Croft. Quinta do Panascal is the Monkey Estate port of Fonseca that they release in undeclared years. This has aromas of ripe blueberry and blackberry with a nice concentrated sweetness balanced by freshness and textured black fruit. O’Donovan’s also stock Taylors White, Tawny and Ruby.

Quinta dos Aciprestes, Douro, Portugal € 17.99 to € 18.99

Resellers: Matson’s Grange, Youghal and Douglas, La Touche, O’Briens, Red Island Wines, Deveneys, Corkscrew, Whelehans Wines

Douro is the land of Port, but also many of Portugal’s most complex red wines, which often combine rich fruit flavors while remaining elegant and extremely drinkable. This is a blend of typical Porto Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca and Tinta Franca grape varieties with bright aromas of plum and black cherry that turn into heavy darker smoky fruit followed by an elegant floral finish.

Spirit of the week

Irish Cream Liqueur Micil Connemara, 17% ABV, 70cl – € 29.00

Resellers: McCambridges, Celtic Whiskey Shop,

Micil in Galway has had a busy year. In addition to stocking up on mature Irish whiskey and giving it its own twist through the blend and selection of casks, Micil has also launched a new spicy orange gin (€ 42) and this cream liqueur. Both whiskeys – Inverin small batch blend and Earls Island Single Pot Still – have complex and intriguing peaty notes; a pleasant return to Galway‘s distils the past.

Micil Irish Cream, on the other hand, is a blend of Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream and Poitín from the Micil Distillery and I loved it – aromas of house fudge and chocolate milk, creamy and spicy flavors of butterscotch and whiskey, and a crisp, crisp finish.