Wine Club, week Three with Martin Moran
Friday, 7 May 2010
Research shows that many people bluff their way through wine tasting. (See article from the Independent in additional info section) Why not learn a bit more about it so the next time you're out for dinner you will really know what your about to pay for.
The boom in Ireland contributed to the growth in wine consumption over the past 10 years. Wine is now well accepted and the introduction of smoking bans in on-trade premises has driven at-home consumption.
Research from the Wine Development Board of Ireland shows that in 1990, total wine sales here averaged 1.7 million cases. By 2007, that figure had reached 8.7 million.
The market for table wine in Ireland doubled in the past decade, and almost half of Irish adults now drink wine regularly compared to some 28pc in 1990.
The most recent CSO report also shows that the annual per capita wine consumption in Ireland is 17.1 litres, up from 11.57 litres in 2001, but still far off the average in more famous wine markets like France(around 55pc) and Italy (48pc).
In Ireland, women indulged in the greater volume share (57pc to men's 43pc), which has been well documented over the last few years, as has the growth of special evenings, clubs and even holidays centred around wine tasting. #
Martin Moran-Master of Wine
Martin has over 24 years experience in the wine trade writing about wines for the Evening Herald. He has travelled the world sampling wines.
He passed the notoriously difficult Master of Wine exam in 1994 and became the first MW to work in Ireland the following year. There are still only three in the Republic of Ireland.
He's poured wine in restaurants and hotels in London, sold wine in Dublin, London, Paris, New York and Sydney; Picked grapes in Alsace, Chateauneuf-du-pape, Buxy, Chablis, Bordeaux and Southern England; grown grapes in England and helped ferment wine in England, Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Bergerac, Adelaide and the Hunter valley;
Name: Superquinn Petit Chablis
Country & Region: Chablis, Burgundy, France
Tasting Note: Chablis is made from Chardonnay and at the basic level it uses no oak and is fermented in flavour neutral stainless steel, so we get a clear expression of the grape as grown in the climate of Chablis. The result is we find apple and pear like fruit with a little citrus and something hard to define called mineral which is like an earthy chalky character.
Food Match: Shellfish, fish, light chicken dishes, salads
Buy It: Superquinn
Name: Wakefield Estate Chardonnay
Country & Region: Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills
Tasting Note: Like the Chablis this is made from Chardonnay but unlike the Chablis it from fruit grown in a warmer climate and it has been fermented and aged in French oak barrels, all of which changes the flavour.
Food Match: Its rich creamy notes make it a good match with grilled pork, salmon or chicken or any of those served in a creamy sauce but the oak notes match well with smoked salmon.
Buy It: Dunnes and many independent retailers
Name: Carmen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Country & Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile.
Tasting Note: Cabernet Sauvignon has a thick skin and so should have a dark colour colour, as this one does. It also shows the variety's classic aroma of blackcurrant with some dark cherry and a little vanilla and spice from oak ageing.
Food Match: A full bodied red that is typically enjoyed with steak or stews and hard cheeses..
Buy It: Tesco
Name: Chateau Bois Pertuis
Country & Region: Bordeaux, France.
Tasting Note: The grape varieties used in this are a blend of Merlot 76%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20% and Cabernet Franc 4%. A modern style fruity Bordeaux or claret as red Bordeaux is also known, that shows Merlot's characteristic plum and berry flavours as well as some cherry and a dash of vanilla.
Food Match: Any roast or grilled red meat would be a happy match as would hard cheeses.
Price: €14.93 reduced to €8.99
Buy It: Dunnes