Wines Direct Christmas Collection 2018

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CHRISTMAS COLLECTION


It’s Christmas!

Gareth, Siobhán and Gavin Keogh

Great Gift Ideas

You are very welcome to the 2018 Wines Direct Christmas collection! Every year we try to create an inspiring and festive brochure that takes you away for a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of the season to bring you back to what Christmas is really about -- spending cherished time with friends and loved ones. We put together our carefully curated Christmas collection of artisan wines and this year have asked the top chefs and influencers in the Irish food scene to share their favourite Christmas dishes with you. In the coming weeks, you will see some of their delectable recipes on the Wines Direct blog. Whether you are the head chef or kitchen porter at home, we hope you find some ideas and inspiration for your own Christmas Feast. We are excited to bring to you some lovely food and wine pairings as well as curated cases assured to carry you through the Christmas season. Whether you prefer the French Fireside or Winter Sun case, you’ll get your wines quickly with our 48-hour delivery service to any address in Ireland. What’s more, with savings of more than 20% and free delivery on orders over €200, you’ll save money too. The flavour experts at Wines Direct picked our Christmas cases to give you the very best in taste and value. And, if your heart is set on a particular wine and you don’t see it in a Christmas case, you can create your own selection on our website or by calling our sales team on 1890 579 579. Preselected cases certainly take the hassle out of shopping, and make fantastic presents. There are also options of a Gift Voucher or the ultimate gift -- a monthly subscription to the Wine Explorers Club. And a throwback to what seems like a time gone by, our Wines Direct team is still hand-writing gift cards for you! From myself and all the team at Wines Direct, we would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year! 2

All of our wines carry our promise of value, traceability, and intrigue...

Gareth Keogh

Managing Director

Let us take the stress out of your Christmas shopping this year. You can send our wines as a gift to any address in Ireland. Want to include a personal message? No problem. Just forward us your message and we’ll send your gift out with a hand-written Christmas card. Would you like us to send an electronic gift voucher? No problem. Give us a call or go online to: winesdirect.ie/wine-gifts-online. Or how about a monthly subscription of wine? No problem, check out our Wine Explorers Club! (info on back cover) Delivery We guarantee delivery anywhere in the Republic of Ireland within 48-hours of your order (excluding weekends). We keep track of all deliveries once they leave our warehouse, so tracking your order is easy. Simply contact us on 1890 579 579. To ensure your wines arrive in time for Christmas, please order by Monday, 17th December 2018. Avoid the Rush Our Christmas cases are very popular and as a result supplies can run low closer to the big day. Avoid disappointment by ordering early. Should we run out of a particular wine in any of our cases, we will replace it with a similar wine of equal or greater value.


STARTER

Bacon & Cabbage Terrine with Baby Leek Cream “This is one of my favourite starters that we serve at The Olde Post Inn and is one of those dishes that I can’t take off the menu. It can be a little tricky to prepare, but as long as it’s pressed correctly, it works. It’s also suitable for freezing.” Gearóid Lynch Is there a better way to start the Irish Christmas feast other than a modern twist on the traditional Bacon and Cabbage? The terrine is an impressive presentation and will wow your guests from the get-go. We love the versatility of this dish and its ability to pair with most menu items. The terrine can also be made ahead of time to help alleviate any Christmas Dinner stress. The recipe includes the usual ham hocks and cabbage but festive additions of star anise, cardamom seeds and baby leek cream introduce mouth-watering depths of flavour. Visit winesdirect.ie/blog for full recipe Chef Gearóid Lynch

Feudo Luparello

Grillo, Viognier

€15.85

Domaine Ricard Tasciaca Sauvignon Blanc

€22.10

The Olde Post Inn - Cloverhill, Co Cavan, Author

Chef Gearóid Lynch’s starter is a captivating mix of ingredients. Our wine experts found this pairing to be an exhilarating challenge. The terrine’s blend of salt, sweet, spice, fluffy cream and dense texture takes this dish to level ten deliciousness and calls for wines equal in measure. Feudo Luparello, a blend of Grillo and Viognier is another incomparable wine from Sicilian winemaker Walter Bartolomei. The refreshing tropical fruit notes counterbalance the salt of the ham hocks and quells any heat from the spice of the star anise and cardamom. A superior pairing is Domaine Ricard ‘Tasciaca’. Maverick winemaker Vincent Ricard loves to buck a trend and gently ages this Loire Sauvignon in Oak, lending it the power to match the body and texture of the terrine. The acidity of both wines will brilliantly cut through the cream and salt.

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Edward’s Christmas Buttered Turkey & Stuffing

MAIN ONE

“You just can’t beat the traditional Christmas turkey. Everyone’s perspective is different with regard to the stuffing but I think it is fine to stuff the actual bird. However, I would remind you to ensure that the turkey is completely cold before you stuff the bird (unless you are cooking the turkey immediately).” Edward Hayden Edward’s Traditional Turkey and Stuffing is a mouth-watering Christmas favourite. The savoury herb butter keeps the breast moist and flavourful. Turkey on its own can be a dry and neutral dish but the trimmings up the flavour ante, allowing you to do likewise with the wines. Visit winesdirect.ie/blog for full recipe

Domaine Duband Cote De Nuits-Village

Chef Edward Hayden Chef, TV Presenter, Author

We believe that pairing the right wine with your Christmas turkey is as important as all the sides. Contrary to popular belief, turkey pairs wonderfully with reds -- just keep them on the lighter side. If your preference is red, a stellar choice is Domaine Duband Cote De Nuits Village. This Pinot Noir is a turkey-friendly stunner. A creamy and buttery Chardonnay from Burgundy is a top choice for a special occasion white and Domaine Emilian-Gillet is at the top of that list. You will see both of these wines on many a Wines Direct staff table this Christmas. 4

Pinot Noir

€37.85

Domaine Emilian-Gillet Chardonnay

€26.65


MAIN TWO

Photo: Harry Weir

Clarke’s Marmalade Glazed Whole Irish Free Range Goose & Goose Fat, Polenta Crusted Maris Piper Roasties Free Range goose is a delectable alternative to turkey at Christmas. The buttery flavour of a free range bird is from geese enjoying their diet of Irish grass. Gary met Pat Clarke and his wife at the Taste of Donegal and came away from their stall with some lovely jam and marmalade. It is now Clarke’s that Gary uses for his glaze. It adds a lovely flavour to the skin giving it a stunning caramelized finish. “Maris Piper hands down make the best chips, best baked potatoes and the best roasties. Throw in the flavour from goose fat, herbs and the texture form the polenta and you’ll never make a roastie any other way again.” Gary O’ Hanlon Visit winesdirect.ie/blog for full recipe Chef Gary O’ Hanlon

Barolo Bussia

Nebbiolo

€37.15

Bender ‘Paulessen’ Riesling

€16.95

Is it any surprise that Gary raises the bar with an adventurous alternative to the traditional Christmas Turkey? He has mastered the almighty Goose with this stunning dish and adds some extra flair with his goose fat, polenta roasties. Goose is naturally fattier and more flavoursome than turkey, allowing bigger wines to pair. For something really special, uncork Silvano Bolmida’s luxurious and almost sinful Barolo. Its bold tannic richness stands up nicely to the rich meal. You may find a new favourite in pairing Bender Paulessen Riesling with your succulent bird. It may not have a red’s tannic structure, but their intense minerality and high acidity, have long been a go-to white for hearty winter dishes.

Culinary Director at Baxter Storey, TV Presenter and Columnist

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Gingerbread Layer Cake with Champagne Marmalade & Juniper Cream

DESSERT

“This cake is a bit of a show stopper so if you are really planning a sensational festive gathering, there will be plenty of oohs and ahhhs when this smashing beauty arrives on the dessert trolley. Having said that, the cake is quite easy to make and assemble with a little bit of time and planning. I bake the cakes and infuse the cream the day before so just need to whip the cream and to put it together the following day.” Imen McDonnell Visit winesdirect.ie/blog for full recipe

Charpentier Brut Prestige

Imen McDonnell

Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir

Cook, Author and Photographer Farmette.ie & The Farmette Cookbook

€46.95

Imen’s Gingerbread Layer Cake embodies the idea of a Christmas feast. We think there is no better match than to pair this work of art with celebratory bubbles! The robust yet seductive bubbles and buttery richness of Charpentier Brut Prestige accentuates the gingerbread’s spongey texture. The delicious citrus flavours marry perfectly with the punch of marmalade.

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Tahbilk Cane Cut Marsanne is an extraordinary Rhône varietal from Australia with an unusual and unexpected sweet spice of greengage-layered white matching to a tee the gingerbread’s zingy layers. The acidity of both wines cuts through the richness of the cream enhancing each herbaceous and velvety bite.

Tahbilk Cane Cut Marsanne

€20.00


Ireland has the best farmhouse cheese in the world. Your cheese board will be amiss if you ignore our marvellous, award-winning cheese culture. We recommend choosing one hard, one soft, and one robust cheese to keep it simple. Pairing wine with each cheese variety is a luxurious and entertaining treat.

Ireland’s only raw milk blue Quinta Do cheese made from Crasto LBV Goat’s milk. It is Native Varieties €23.85 similar to an English Stilton in texture and its unique balance makes it a giant on a cheeseboard. Quinta Do Crasto Port LBV’s elegant red fruits and spicy character pairs beautifully with the salty, nutty nuances.

A semi-soft, creamy, cheese, closely resembling the French classic Reblochon. The year it was released it won Silver in the World Cheese Awards. Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Salluvii is lively on the palate with wonderful Castellari citrus flavours and a searing Bergaglio Cortese Chablis-like streak €17.00 complementing the velvety, melt in your mouth texture.

A creamy cheddar made from pressed cow’s milk and sold at 6-12 months maturation. Domaine Du Pere Pape, a smoother, younger style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, is an exciting complexity of flavours including forest fruits and Domaine Du Pere Pape spices to balance the Grenache, Syrah, cheddar’s intense nutty Mourvedre, Cinsault €38.15 and tangy aftertaste.

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SEASON’S GREETINGS This Christmas invite your guests on a trip to some of our favourite vineyards in France, Italy, and Spain. We’ve selected six fantastic bottles that are sure to bring some Christmas cheer to your festivities and keep you smiling well into the new year.

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What’s in the case? Viña Canal Blanco 2017

Chardonnay, Macabeo - 13% DOP Cariñena - Spain A fragrant and crisp unoaked white wine from Spain made with a blend of sun-drenched Chardonnay and Macabeo grapes. Soft enough to drink by itself and just as good alongside seafood and canapés.

Le Petit Balthazar Rouge 2017

Merlot - 12.5% Vin de Pays d'Oc IGP - France An intense nose of spicy blackcurrant and hallmark Southern French flavours of blackberries and liquorice.

Meet the

Ciù Ciù Oris 2017

Señorío de Ayud 2017

Trebbiano, Passerina, Pecorino - 13% Falerio DOP - Italy "Spring flower, kumquat and Conference pear nose, a decent weight of fruit and a clean finish. Food-friendly. Would grace any restaurant list." Ernie Whalley, The Sunday Times

Garnacha, Syrah - 14% Calatayud DO - Spain Made by 5th generation winemaker Cesar Langa using organic production methods. A big, powerful Spanish red with hints of cinnamon and clove with a flourish of purple fruit.

Le Petit Balthazar Blanc 2017

Ciù Ciù Bacchus 2017

Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc - 11% Vin de Pays d'Oc IGP - France "Naturally light in alcohol, this white blend combines the lime and grapefruit crispness you expect from Sauvignon Blanc and is rounded out with delicious flavours of apricot, nectarine and tropical fruits from the Viognier." Corinna Hardgrave, The Irish Independent

6 Bottle Case

3x Red

Order Code: P18SG6

12 Bottle Case Order Code: P18SG12

Montepulciano, Sangiovese - 13.5% Piceno DOP - Italy "A food-friendly delight. It’s all black cherry crispness rounded off with dark chocolate, liquorice, cloves and hints of black pepper." Nick Passmore, Forbes.com

3x White

Was €75.95 6x Red

6x White

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1 Bottle of each wine

Now €65.00 2 Bottles of each wine

Now €129.00

Winemakers: Walter Bartolomei Ciù Ciù Walter Bartolomei is a giant of Italian wine. He is responsible for the ever popular Ciù Ciù winery, and has recently taken over Sicilian winery Feudo Luparello. Ciù Ciù is produced in the Marche, on Italy’s Adriatic coast. The wines are certified organic, and like Feudo Luparello, they are pursuing sustainability through wastewater, energy and biodiversity projects. Bartolomei’s wines are among our greatest discoveries. They offer Mediterranean flair and flavour at a price that keeps them accessible. Walter’s wines use Italian speciality grapes like Passerino, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. These grapes thrive on Walter’s vineyards, producing wine perfect for easy enjoyment. He strives for fresh, light and fruity wines which offer many drinking and food pairing options. It comes as no surprise that Ciù Ciù and Feudo Luparello are a favourite for parties and are among our most popular wines.

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WINTER HARVEST Stock your cellar for Christmas with these tempting whites and inviting reds. We selected these wines specifically to pair with traditional winter fare. So, whatever is on your menu for the big day, rest assured you’ll have something delicious to drink with it.

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Valva Martínez de Toda

What’s in the case? Preignes Le Vieux 2017

Chardonnay - 13% Vin de Pays d'Oc IGP - France A delightful modern style of Chardonnay with mouth-watering flavours of stone fruit, creamy butter and toasted hazelnuts.

Villamedoro Trebbiano 2017

Trebbiano - 13% Trebbiano D’Abruzzo DOC - Italy An intense and persistent nose of citrus, light almond, tropical fruit and balsamic notes. On the palate the wine is fresh with mineral and citrus accents and repeating balsamic and almond notes.

Las Cuadras 2017

Viognier, Muscat - 12.5% Costers del Segre DO - Spain Fresh and enticing with tropical fruit and citrus notes underpinned by a delicate floral character and a drizzle of honey. Gorgeous.

6 Bottle Case

3x Red

Order Code: P18WH6

12 Bottle Case Order Code: P18WH12

Château Moulin la Mondière 2016

Grenache, Syrah, Carignan - 12.5% Corbières AOC - France From a southern French family estate steeped in history and culture. This wine is a succulent blend of old vine Grenache, Syrah and Carignan packed with bramble and spice.

Nicodemi Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2016

Montepulciano - 13% Abruzzo DOC - Italy This Montepulciano has a lovely vibrant nose of red fruit. The palate is majestically smooth and full of ripe cherry, strawberry and burnt raspberry flavours with some earthy notes. Tannins are very refined, and there’s a final touch of acidity to keep everything fresh.

Rondan Crianza 2014

Tempranillo - 13.5% Rioja DO - Spain "A classic old-fashioned style with plenty of soft berry and plum fruit, overlaid by coconut and vanilla." Martin Moran (MW), The Sunday Times

3x White

Was €85.55 6x Red

6x White

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1 Bottle of each wine

Now €75.00 2 Bottles of each wine

Now €148.00

Meet the

Winemakers: Valva Martínez de Toda

Las Cuadras Valva Martínez de Toda is a young and innovative winemaker and her Las Cuadras Viognier and Muscat is a superb Catalan white that has gone down a treat this year at Wines Direct. Las Cuadras vineyards are located in the Costers del Segre area of Catalonia in north eastern Spain. About 2 hours drive west of Barcelona. Las Cuadras’ 71 ha of vineyards are spread over rugged ground at an elevation of 300m above sea level with clay-limestone soil that Viognier and Muscat grapevines love. Valva Martínez de Toda prioritises the quality of her fruit, insisting that great wine is made in the vineyard. She has also equipped the cellar at Las Cuadras with the last word in modern winemaking, including an organoleptic laboratory to help determine optimal ripeness and maturation. The wines develop at a stable temperature in 300 litre barrels. All this careful effort in the vineyards and cellars pays off with intensely flavoured, sophisticated wine. To get the most out of your Christmas drinks, follow 3 simple rules: 1) half-fill your glasses for temperature and aromatics, 2) sweet or fortified wines need smaller glasses, and 3) bubbles go in narrow flutes.

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A CHRISTMAS VOYAGE Instead of staying here for the Irish winter, imagine yourself sailing the South Seas. We can’t send you on a sun-kissed voyage, but these wines are the next best thing. From the whites exotic and tropical flavours along with dark and spicy notes from the reds, you’ll soon forget if the weather outside is frightful.

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What’s in the case? Coriole 2017

Korta Reserva Carménère 2016

Chenin Blanc - 13.4% Mclaren Vale - Australia "A lovely intensity of ripe fruit cut by searing crisp acidity - the two things that make Chenin such a star in the vineyards of Vouvray in the Loire and, it seems, in South Australia." Leslie Williams, The Irish Examiner

Carménère - 14% Lontue Valley - Chile Wonderfully complex red with berry fruits, plum, tobacco and sweet vanilla on the nose, followed by deep dark red fruit flavours.

Ana 2017

Coriole 2016

Winemakers: Duncan Lloyd Coriole

Sauvignon Blanc - 13% Marlborough - New Zealand "Scented with freshly cut grass, mineral and green peas. A mouth-watering entry of lime and ripe citrus flavours electrify the taste buds with a pithy and tangy finish." Liam Campbell, The Irish Independent

Sangiovese, Shiraz - 14.5% Mclaren Vale, Australia "Liquorice, damsons, cherry and pepper on the nose, lovely length and a grippy, dry finish. Proper stuff." Tom Doorley, The Mail on Sunday

Korta For Two 2016

Crios 2017

Chardonnay - 12% Lontue Valley, Chile Chile is rightly famous for this crisp, citrus style of Chardonnay.

6 Bottle Case

3x Red

Order Code: P18CV6

12 Bottle Case Order Code: P18CV12

Malbec - 14% Mendoza - Argentina "What a cracking wine! Black plum and violet aromas lead to a fresh and crunchy palate, with balanced alcohol." ***** Decanter Magazine

3x White

Was €90.10 6x Red

Meet the

6x White

Was €180.20

1 Bottle of each wine

In Victoria’s picturesque McLaren Vale, the Coriole Vineyards stretch out under the watchful eye of Mark Lloyd’s son Duncan. Coriole has a rich history dating back to 1860, when the property’s old house and barn were first constructed. The Lloyd family acquired the land in 1968. They wasted no time in releasing the first vintage under the Coriole label two years later. Some of the Shiraz vines in production today date back to 1919. Mark and Duncan are firm believers that good wine is made in the vineyard. The region's deep red soils produce richly coloured and textured red wines. While some wines are aged in new oak, the Redstone and Sangiovese are aged in older oak, producing a wide range of styles. The Lloyd family has a strong environmental conscience, and organic practices have been adopted at Coriole, with plans to further expand organic production over the coming years.

Now €80.00 2 Bottles of each wine

Now €155.00

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EUROPEAN VACATION Taste the best of what Europe’s most exciting winemakers have to offer with bottles from Portugal, Germany, Spain, Italy and Austria. This eclectic selection will take your taste buds on an adventure; from a sensational WeiĂ&#x;burgunder to an old-vine Spanish Garnacha, together with mouth-watering wines from everywhere in between.

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What’s in the case? Steininger 2017

Bender 2016

Gruner Veltliner - 12.5% Kamptal - Austria "A perfect example of the lighter refreshing style of Grüner, with green apple fruits and a crisp dry finish." John Wilson, The Irish Times

Pinot Noir - 13% Pfalz QBA - Germany "Pinot to die for… serious German Pinot from Pfalz. Soft red summer fruit aromas leading to a warming yet complex and well-structured palate." Matthew Nugent, The Irish Sun

Balestri Valda 2017

Meet the

Winemakers: Andreas Bender

Garganega, Trebbiano - 12.5% Soave Classico DOC - Italy "Classic soave. Perfumed pear-drops aroma follows with pear and lemon flavours in an oily, waxy texture." Liam Campbell, The Irish Independent

Flor de Crasto 2017

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional - 12% Douro DOC - Portugal Lovely dark stewed fruit flavours, with a dusting of white pepper spice and some earthy notes. With no oak contact the fruit shines brightly.

Bender Long hours of research and walking vineyards up and down the Rheingau finally brought us to Andreas Bender. He is an exciting new addition to Wines Direct and is known to his fellow winemakers as “the Maverick of the Mosel!”

Bender 2017

Bajondillo 2016

Andreas comes from a winemaking family in the Mosel town of Leiwen. He acquired his 35 ha of vineyards in Pfalz and the Mosel bit by bit from family friends or bought from neighbours as the next generation opts out of winemaking. Andreas is a traditionalist: choosing prime soils, hand-selecting grapes, using time-honoured methods in the cellar and allowing natural fermentation of his fruit.

Weissburgunder - 12% Mosel QBA - Germany German Pinot Blanc from 30-year-old vines harvested on steep slopes with slate soils. A silky soft stone fruit core erupts with a burst of sharpness on the finish.

6 Bottle Case

3x Red

Order Code: P18EV6

12 Bottle Case Order Code: P18EV12

Syrah, Garnacha Tinta - 14.5% Méntrida DO - Spain "Pale, subtly earthy, and red-fruited… a silky, turkey-friendly stunner." David Williams, The Guardian UK

3x White

Was €96.25 6x Red

6x White

Was €196.00

1 Bottle of each wine

Now €85.00 2 Bottles of each wine

Now €166.00

Andreas’ contemporary attitude comes through in the Bender label design and his accessible and fun wines. His Pinot Noir and Weissburgunder ably avoid the pitfalls of intimidating new drinkers and connoisseurs alike. Instead, he takes Pfalz and Mosel’s traditional grapes, cool climate, and slate soils and uses them to create rich, enticing wines that we are genuinely excited about. Serving order is absolutely a matter of preference. But here’s a rule of thumb: dry before sweet, white before red, light before full-bodied, young before old . . . and bubbles before everything!

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THE FRENCH FIRESIDE France’s reputation as a wine country is second to none. We bring to you the classic French wine regions with this superlative collection; there are outstanding bottles from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone, Languedoc and Alsace. There is something to satisfy every taste, this selection will impress your most discerning guests.

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What’s in the case? Château Thieuley Cuvée Blanc 2017

Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc - 12.5% Bordeaux AOC - France "A stunner. Firm fruit and a racy backbone of mineral acidity, a very grown up wine that puts many a Sancerre to shame." Tom Doorley, The Irish Daily Mail

Domaine Jean-Luc Mader 2016

Riesling - 13% Alsace AOC - France A dry, refreshing organic Riesling with a zippy palate of green apple and lime and a flinty edge.

Château de Nancelle 2017

Chardonnay - 13% Macon Villages AOC - France "Elegant, crisp, fresh with a hint of honey but very dry. A proper white wine for food." Tom Doorley, The Irish Daily Mail

6 Bottle Case

3x Red

Order Code: P18FF6

12 Bottle Case Order Code: P18FF12

Château Grands Champs 2015

Merlot, Cabernet Franc - 13.5% Saint-Émilion AOC - France From a property located on the edge of Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, close to Côte de Castillon. Ripe scents of violets, dark cherries and bitter raspberries complement the warming plummy flavours and vanilla edge.

Domaine Charavin Rasteau 2016

Carignan, Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah - 13.5% Rasteau AOC, France "In a blind tasting this could easily be taken for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Powerful, supple and complex." Tom Doorley, The Mail on Sunday

Bergerie de l'Hortus 2017

Syrah, Mourvedre - 13% Pic Saint Loup - France "In my opinion one of the greatest wines of the Languedoc, and one of my all-time favourite wines." John Wilson, The Irish Times

3x White

Was €110.00 6x Red

6x White

Was €220.00

1 Bottle of each wine

Now €95.00 2 Bottles of each wine

Now €187.00

Meet the

Winemakers: Marie and Sylvie Courselle Chateau Thieuley

Sylvie and Marie Courselle are sisters and oenologists from Bordeaux. Together, they run Chateau Thieuley, their family estate near La Sauve in Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux. Chateau Thieuley was bought by their grandfather in 1950, but it was their father, Francis Courselle, who made the estate famous. A renowned expert in white wines and an oenological educator at Bordeaux University, Francis Courselle earned Chateau Thieuley’s reputation by making outstanding white wines that rival the great white wines of Burgundy. Marie and Sylvie Courselle were raised in vineyards and wineries, steeped in the practice and culture of winemaking. It is here where they inherited their father’s passion for wine. So, it is no surprise they’ve grown up to make award-winning exceptional wines.

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WINTER SUN No matter where you’re spending Christmas, you can still enjoy the sunshine of the southern hemisphere with this exquisite collection of wines from Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. We’ve brought together six of our most luxurious wines, so you can enjoy the best of what the New World has to offer.

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What’s in the case? Tahbilk 2017

Susana Balbo Signature 2016

Marsanne - 12% Nagambie Lakes - Australia "Oz's oldest wineries, a lovely old place in the Goulburn Valley (where I met my first crocodile face to face, but that's another story). Deliciously fragrant." Tom Doorley, The Irish Daily Mail

Malbec - 13.5% Mendoza - Argentina "...in a word, brilliant." Tomás Clancy, The Sunday Business Post

Alkoomi 2017

Tahbilk 2016

Meet the

Riesling - 12% Frankland River - Australia This award-winning Riesling has been clearing up at Australian wine shows all year. And with intense flavours of lemon zest, grapefruit and lychee it’s easy to see why!

Cabernet Sauvignon - 14% Nagambie Lakes - Australia "Manages to combine elegance with uncompromising blackcurrant/cassis, black olive and herb varietal expression; the elegance derives from skilful handling of tannins, and a celebrated vintage." James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Paddy Borthwick 2018

Paddy Borthwick 2016

Sauvignon Blanc - 13% Wairarapa - New Zealand "This has a powerful nose just this side of pungency. It's what made New Zealand famous after all. But the lemon and limes are also underscored with vibrant ripe white peach." Blake Creedon, The Irish Examiner

6 Bottle Case

3x Red

Order Code: P18WS6

12 Bottle Case Order Code: P18WS12

Pinot Noir - 13.5% Wairarapa - New Zealand "...very much a cut above. Cooling influences keep the fruit fresh while allowing the grapes to hit phenolic ripeness and low yields in the vineyard translate into impressive length on the palate." Tom Doorley, The Irish Daily Mail

3x White

Was €114.65 6x Red

6x White

Was €229.30

1 Bottle of each wine

Now €100.00 2 Bottles of each wine

Now €195.00

Winemakers: Alister Purbick Tahbilk The man behind Four Sisters and Tahbilk, Alister Purbrick is one of the best-known winemakers in Australia. In fact, the Purbricks are founding members of Australia’s First Families of Wine, an exclusive group of uniquely historic wineries. Tahbilk was established in 1860 in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria. The property lies on rich river flats along the Goulburn River. The name 'Tahbilk', rather appropriately, is the Aboriginal term for 'place of many waterholes'. Today, Alister works closely with his daughter Hayley to bring a carbon-neutral strategy to the winemaking and viticulture at Tahbilk. Hayley is the fifth generation of the Purbrick family to make wine at Tahbilk.

Temperature matters to wine. Sweet and sparkling wines need 2 hours in the fridge, but rich whites and light reds only need 40 minutes. Fuller-bodied reds like room temperature, but that means the pantry, not beside the fire!

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CHRISTMAS DAY SURVIVAL KIT Every year, we curate the Christmas Day Survival Kit by thinking the big day through from start to finish. There’s a wonderful Blanquette de Limoux to kick things off, four exceptional and food-friendly French bottles, as well as a rich LBV Port and a sumptuous sweet Semillon (if you purchase the 12 Bottle Case) to sip by the fire.

* Château Haut Rian Cadillac replaces the second Port in the 12 bottle case.

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What’s in the case? Antech Cuvee Réserve Brut NV

Domaine De La Treille Fleurie 2015

Mauzac, Chenin, Chardonnay - 12% Blanquette de Limoux AOP - France The traditional method of making sparkling wine was used in Limoux long before it reached Champagne. So, it makes sense that Antech produce this sparkling wine with all the confidence and flair of the originators. It is pale gold with aromas of spring flowers, and fresh fruit flavour.

Gamay - 13% Fleurie AOC - France "Fleurie is a division of the Beaujolais region, and this is what you hope for when buying this wine. Vibrant black cherry and raspberry." Martin Moran (MW), The Sunday Times

Château Sainte-Marie ‘Madlys’ 2016

Merlot, Cabernet Franc - 14.5% Puisseguin Saint-Emilion AOC - France "Delicious spiced plums supported by ripe tannins and peppery finish. Full-bodied enough to match with a curried lamb and green peppers." Liam Campbell, The Irish Independent

Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sauvignon Gris - 12.5% Entre-Deux Mers AOC - France Classic, and expertly-made, white Bordeaux. On the nose there are subtle hints of peach and mango, with white flower and citrus aromas. Fresh yet multi-layered on the palate; there is a discreet oak influence with bountiful fruit flavours. Deliciously elegant and easy to drink.

Domaine des Terres Dorées 2017

Chardonnay - 12% Beaujolais AOC - France "This ruthlessly selected, hand-harvested Chardonnay from southern Beaujolais has succulence like St Aubin, with apricot and white peach notes, a creamy, nutty mid-palate and a decently crisp finish. A smart and compelling wine." Tomás Clancy, The Sunday Business Post

6 Bottle Case

2x Red

Order Code: P18CSK6

12 Bottle Case Order Code: P18CSK12

Château Fongaban 2015

Quinta do Crasto LBV Port 2013

Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional - 14.5% Douro DOC - Portugal "Velvety textured black pastille palate expressing an authentic local accent. A bitter chocolate finish hides the alcohol." Liam Campbell, The Irish Independent

Château Haut Rian Cadillac 2016 Semillon - 13% Cadillac AOC - France 3x White

1x Port

Now €110.00

Was €124.05 5x Red

5x White

Was €244.50

1 Bottle of each wine

1x Port

1x Dessert

Now €214.00

Françoise Antech

Meet the

Winemakers: Françoise Antech Antech Françoise Antech is one of France's more vocal and gregarious female winemakers. Strong women have been the driving force behind Antech (pronounced “Anne – Tash”) for the last three generations of the winery. Françoise is the 6th generation of her family to run the estate and winery and she is dedicated to making wine worthy of their legacy. Limoux is the home of sparkling wines. Historians believe that in 1531, long before corks were popping in Champagne, monks in the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire near Limoux had invented the sparkling wine still made there: Blanquette de Limoux. Antech has been part of this tradition since the late 19th century. Antech has a wide-ranging and fully integrated policy of sustainability. Françoise’s mission is making wine that benefits the land, her customers, her employees, future generations, her family and herself.

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THE WINEMAKER’S CHRISTMAS We put our heads together and picked six of our favourite wines from winemakers outside of France. There is an outstanding Spanish pair from Guerinda and Olivares, a beautiful Austrian Riesling, a top table Italian duo, and a show-stopping Portuguese red. With all these marvellous wines to enjoy, why not invite the winemakers for Christmas?

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What’s in the case? Guerinda La Blanca 2017

Fattoria Montellori Caselle 2016

Chardonnay - 14% Navarra - Spain "This stuff is revolutionary and utterly gorgeous. The fruit is as clean and as clear as a whistle. A revelation." Tom Doorley, The Mail on Sunday

Sangiovese, Syrah - 13.5% Chianti Superiore DOCG - Italy With a deep purple colour and a medium body, Caselle looks and feels every bit the Chianti Superiore. The flavour is spot on too with succulent red cherries, warming spice and a little tingle of black pepper.

Castellari Bergaglio Salluvii 2017

Olivares Crianza 2012

Cortese - 12% Gavi DOCG - Italy "More body than most Gavi. An attractive nose with the lime zest and pear leads to a satisfyingly orange-flavoured palate with a clean finish." Martin Moran (MW), The Sunday Times

Monastrell - 14.5% Jumilla DO, Jumilla - Spain "Intense black olives with juicy blackberry fruit and a light cedary oak note. Good length." Martin Moran (MW), The Sunday Times

Brandl Terrassen Riesling 2017

Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2015

Riesling - 12.5% Kamptal - Austria "Tangy and energetic, packed full of the enjoyable aromas and flavours." Ernie Whalley, The Sunday Times

6 Bottle Case

3x Red

Order Code: P18WC6

12 Bottle Case Order Code: P18WC12

Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz - 14.5% Douro DOC - Portugal "Crasto is one of the Douro's leading names, farming quality fruit from two large estates. This bold bottling is rightly renowned… brooding and dark berried." Decanter Magazine 3x White

Was €124.05 6x Red

6x White

Was €248.10

1 Bottle of each wine

Now €110.00 2 Bottles of each wine

Now €217.00

Meet the

Winemakers: Pascual Olivares Fernandez Bodegas Olivares Pascual Olivares Fernandez began producing small quantities of Monastrell in 1930, laying the first brick at Bodegas Olivares. Pascual’s sons, Celestino and Vicente took over operations after their father retired and have now been succeeded by the third generation. Pascual’s grandson and namesake is the current commander-in-chief at Bodegas Olivares. In their Hoya de Santa Ana vineyards, at an altitude of 825 meters, a unique terroir and old ungrafted vines combine to yield distinctive, genuinely expressive Jumilla wines. Pascual strives to produce wines representing the wonders of the harsh yet beautiful landscape in Jumilla. Olivares’ wines are vinified using natural yeasts which Pascual tells us is to “preserve the grape’s natural character, and not mask it.” As a part of their natural approach to winemaking, no artificial or chemical fertilisers are used on the vines. Pascual’s ethos is to fully utilise everything nature has to offer to express the terroir of Jumilla and the flavours of Monastrell. Decanting: An elegant decanter is stylish, but just pouring your bottle into a carafe gives the wine enough air contact to open it up. If you spent years in a sealed bottle, you’d want a breath of air too!

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CHRISTMAS CLASSICS We carefully selected these wines to bring you the classic flavours of French winemaking this Christmas. There is skill and sophistication aplenty here with some of our best bottles from Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire and the RhĂ´ne. This case is ready to be enjoyed and is sure to be remembered fondly long after the decorations have come down.

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What’s in the case? Domaine Masson-Blondelet 2016

Sauvignon Blanc - 12.5% Pouilly Fumé AOC - France "Delicious pristine mineral-laden green fruits and a crisp dry finish." John Wilson, The Irish Times

Domaine Nicolas Maillet 2015

Domaine Tatraux Jean et Fils Givry 1er Cru ‘Le Medenchot’ 2016

Pinot Noir - 13% Givry AOC - France "Old-style classic savoury Burgundy, rich and glorious, with undertones of game and red meat." Ernie Whalley, The Sunday Times

Château Puy Castera 2012

Chardonnay - 13% Mâcon Villages AOC - France "This extraordinarily luscious Mâcon Villages offering shows there is much more to this true home of Chardonnay. In a blind tasting, this could easily pass for a Meursault." Tomás Clancy, The Sunday Business Post

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc - 13% Haut-Médoc AOC, France "Developed attractively leafy aromas and elegant light red fruits. Refined, mature Bordeaux." John Wilson, The Irish Times

Le Fief Du Breil 2014

Domaine Des Remizières 2014

Melon de Bourgogne - 12% Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine AOP - France "Fresh and lively with aromas and lingering flavors of flowers, minerals and apples." Eric Asimov, The New York Times

6 Bottle Case

3x Red

Order Code: P18CC6

12 Bottle Case Order Code: P18CC12

Syrah - 13% Crozes-Hermitage AOC - France "Syrah from the northern Rhône means wonderfully deep, almost black colour, black pepper and burnt rubber on the nose with spice. The fruit is supple and concentrated." Tom Doorley, The Irish Daily Mail

3x White

Was €143.70 6x Red

6x White

Was €287.40

1 Bottle of each wine

Now €125.00 2 Bottles of each wine

Now €245.00

Meet the

Winemakers: Alix Marès

Château Puy Castéra Located between Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe, the 28-hectare Château Puy Castera vineyard is owned by Alix Marès, a very dynamic young woman who is also a fully qualified agronomic engineer. Alix follows the traditional Médoc methods of wine-making. The winery was started in 1975 by Alix’s father, Henri Marès, who worked closely with oenologist Professor Emile Peynaud to build a special cellar which uses the gentle power of gravity throughout the wine-making process. This gravitational technology is in use from the moment the grapes reach the cellar until the wine is poured into barrels. This minimises grape damage and allows her fruit to shine. Alix is advised by one of the Médoc’s best oenologists, Jacques Boissenot. Jacques Boissenot has worked with Chateaux Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild and Palmer amongst others. His involvement at Château Puy Castéra is a bellwether of the exquisite quality wines they produce.

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CHRISTMAS STAR

Christmas is a special time when you have the freedom to indulge yourself, so we created this selection to bring a little extra magic and elegance to your festivities. From the sophistication of the Champagne to the supple prowess of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, through the luxury of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Loire, these are some of the finest French wines available in Ireland today.

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What’s in the case? Charpentier Brut Reserve NV

Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir - 12% Champagne AOC - France "There is seductive champagne throughout the Charpentier range, this was the best. Complex and classy." Ernie Whalley, The Sunday Times

Domaine Du Père Pape 2015

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault - 14.5% Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC - France Balanced and complex with hints of blackberry, liquorice and violets more than justifying Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s reputation.

Domaine Christian Moreau 2015

Château Haut-Segottes 2012

Domaine Serge Laloue Cuvée Silex 2016

Domaine Theulot Juillot ‘La Cailloute’ 2016

Chardonnay - 12.5% Chablis AOC - France "The family here makes this beautiful Chablis from classical vineyards. A superb benchmark for Chablis." Tomás Clancy, The Sunday Business Post

Sauvignon Blanc - 13% Sancerre AOC - France "The nose is subtle with a hint of sweet pepper, red apple and lemon. The palate is rich and round yet still has a tangy, fresh character." Martin Moran (MW), The Sunday Times

6 Bottle Case

3x Red

Order Code: P18CS6

12 Bottle Case Order Code: P18CS12

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cab Sauv - 13.5% Saint-Émilion Grand Cru AOC - France Most of the best restaurants in the St Emilion area have one thing in common – they carry this red wine on their list.

Pinot Noir - 13% Mercurey AOC - France "Elegant and stylish, lingers delightfully, I'd wear a hat to drink this one!" Niamh Boylan, Food & Wine Magazine

3x White

Was €199.20 6x Red

6x White

Was €398.40

1 Bottle of each wine

Now €175.00 2 Bottles of each wine

Now €345.00

Meet the

Winemakers: Françoise Roumieux Mayard

Vignobles Mayard Vignobles Mayard is an outstanding property in the Rhône’s most renowned appellation, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. On our last trip to her family winery, Françoise Mayard told us how Vignobles Mayard may never have existed, were it not for her great-grandfather’s love for his ancestral vineyards. Following the phylloxera epidemic that decimated the French wine industry in the late 1800s, many vignerons emigrated to the New World. Gratien Mayard, Françoise’s great-grandfather, was set to follow them. In 1923, Gratien was about to step onto a ship bound for the U.S. when he finally succumbed to the pull of his home to stay and work the land. He painstakingly replanted the vineyards, vine by vine, and began making wine under the new Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Perhaps this explains their decision to eschew chemicals in the vineyards and to use more environmentally friendly, labour intensive methods. Finding a wine to match Christmas Dinner can be a real challenge. There are just so many different flavours going on between the turkey, ham, stuffing, and the vegetables. Crowd pleasers like full-bodied Chardonnay, Rhône reds or Australian Shiraz are the way to go!

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Party Cases JOYEUX NOEL

BUON NATALE

Call your friends, get your cheese board ready and don’t worry about finding a corkscrew! These delicious easy-going French wines are ideal guests at any Christmas party: they’re fun and approachable with enough character to keep your celebration interesting.

3x La Ferme Petit Paul Reserve Blanc 2017

Colombard, Vermentino - 12% Vin de Pays d'Oc, France

6 Bottle Case Order Code: P18JN6

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3x White

3x La Ferme Petit Paul Reserve Rouge 2016

Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah - 12% Vin de Pays d'Oc, France

3x Bidoli Friulano 2017 Friulano - 12.5% Friuli Grave DOC, Italy

6 Bottle Case

3x Red

Was €66.90

As friends and relatives start to come home, get ready for a Christmas catch-up to remember. These popular staff picks from primo Italian winemakers Arrigo & Margherita Bidoli are perfect for bringing some Italian flair to your Christmas get togethers.

Now €60.00

Order Code: P18BN6

3x White

3x Bidoli Cab Sauv 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon - 13% Friuli Grave DOC, Italy

3x Red

Was €81.75

Now €70.00


Party Cases FELIZ NAVIDAD

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Bring a little Spanish sunshine to your Christmas parties with three of the coolest contemporary wines we have. There’s a stylish Albariño, a smooth southern rosado and a subtle spicy red - all three wines pair excellently with old friends.

2x Pagos de Araiz Roble 2016

Tempranillo, Cab Sauv, Graciano - 13% Navarra DO, Spain

6 Bottle Case Order Code: P18FN6

2x Olivares Rosado 2017 Grenacha, Monastrell - 12.5% Jumilla DOP, Spain

2x Red

2x Rosé

Was €84.60

2x Val Do Sosego 2017 Albarino - 12.5% Rías Baixas DO, Spain

2x White

Now €75.00

Christmas is all about gathering loved ones together and celebrating. And what better way to celebrate than with a fabulous selection of wines? There’s something to suit everyone’s taste: an aromatic and sophisticated white, a smooth and succulent red, as well as some exciting bubbles. This case is sure to be the perfect companion to your Christmas festivities.

2x Marsuret Spumante Superiore NV Glera - 11.5% Valdobbiadene DOCG, Italy

6 Bottle Case Order Code: P18CP6

2x Domaine de Millet 2017

Gros Manseng, Sauv Blanc - 12% Côtes de Gascogne IGP, France 2x Sparkling

Was €102.80

2x White

2x Château Moulin la Mondière 2016 Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan - 12.5% Corbieres AOC, France 2x Red

Now €90.00

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Get your wine shopping sorted in style in our Mullingar Headquarters or our chic store in Arnotts, Dublin. With over 350 wines from nine countries, a host of Christmas gift ideas, and different wines open for free tasting daily, it’s no wonder our stores have become a haven for wine lovers and those escaping the hectic high street. See you there!

Christmas Opening Hours - Mullingar HQ

Christmas Opening Hours - Arnotts, Dublin

Shop Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 11am - 7pm Saturdays - 11am - 6pm Sundays - 12.30pm - 6pm (Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 23)

Shop Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 10.30am Sunday 12.30pm

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From 17th Dec: Monday - Wednesday 10.30am - 7pm Thursday - Saturday 10.30am - 8pm Christmas Eve - 10.30am - 4pm 30

Shop Closed On: Tuesday 25th December Wednesday 26th December Sunday 30th December Tueday 1st January Phone: 044 9394 050 Email: shop@winesdirect.ie

Lower Basement Level, Abbey Street Entrance, Dublin 1

Christmas Closing Hours vary from 7pm to 10pm across December, please refer to the opening hours page online at Arnotts.ie for further details.

Shop Closed On: Tuesday 25th December Phone: 01 8733 631 Email: shop@winesdirect.ie Discover wines by the glass in store at Arnotts


Christmas Ordering How can I order? You can order online or over the phone. Simply start shopping on winesdirect.ie or call our sales team on 1890 579 579. They will be glad to help you with your selection and to arrange gift deliveries. I like your wines but I’m not sure about the cases? No problem. Creating your own case is easy. Simply go to winesdirect.ie and start combining your favourites or alternatively call us on 1890 579 579. Can I send my wine as a Christmas gift? Of course, you can. You can assign a gift message to each delivery and have it delivered to any address in Ireland. *Please note that prices and vintages may change at any time without notice. Mixed case selections are subject to stock availability. Should any wine run out of stock, we will substitute the bottle with another one, of the same value | Errors and omissions may occur.

What’s the deadline for Christmas orders? To ensure your wines arrive in time for Christmas please order by Monday 17th December 2018. After this date we will try our hardest to ensure your gift arrives on time but we cannot uphold our 48-hour delivery guarantee during Christmas week. Common sense applies so order early to avoid disappointment. How do I know the status of my deliveries? We keep track of all of our deliveries as soon as they leave our warehouse. If you’re concerned about a particular order just give us a call on 1890 579 579 and we will be happy to give you an update on its progress.

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