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Superquinn Italian Sale

Just had this from SQ

OVER 50 Italian wines reduced to €5.00 at Superquinn, this weekend only

“From Thursday 18th to Sunday 21stSeptember shoppers will be able to stock up on their favourite Italian wines* at up to 80% off the normal retail price, with a further 5% off when they purchase any six bottles.

Over 50 wines are included in the clearance, selling at €5 strictly while stocks last.

Superquinn’s end of summer clearance offers a huge range of wines that usually retail from €5.49 right up to €30.59, all retailing for just €5 a bottle this weekend,

included in the sale are:

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Tommasi Valpolicella Amarone, €5.00 (Normal RSP €30.59)

This is a classic Amarone, with dark morello cherry fruits layered over a raisin fruit core, pure elegance and class.

Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico, €5.00 (Normal RSP €24.49)

This Chianti comes from the heartland of the Chianti region in Tuscany, with woodland and cherry flavours with a dark smoky background.

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Marques de Collavini Pinot Grigio, €5.00 (Normal RSP €12.99)

Italy is the heartland of Pinot Grigio which is fast becoming one of the most popular styles of white wine in Ireland._ This wine is crisp with green apple flavours and a hint of nuttiness on the finish.

Casa Mia Organic Grillo, €5.00 (Normal RSP €8.99)

Sicily has become one of the heartlands of organic wine, with its beneficial climate negating the need for the use of chemicals._ Grillo is indigenous to Sicily and offers rounded melon flavours that can age.

*A limit of 6 bottles per customer will apply

**Sparkling wines are not included in the sale

COMMENTS ABOVE ARE SUPERQUINN’S NOT MINE. PERSONALLY I HAVE NO TIME FOR AT LEAST 90 PER CENT OF ITALIAN PINOT GRIGIO – ALMOST EVERY EXAMPLE I’VE EVER TASTED WAS BLAND AND CHARACTERLESS.

AT THE SAME TIME, I THOUGHT THIS INFO WAS WELL WORTH PASSING ON.

THE AMARONE, IN PARTICULAR, LOOKS A BIT OF A BARGAIN – Ernie

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Three top tips for getting more bang from your bottle

This week, my top three tips for getting more enjoyment out of wine.

One of the first things rookie wine writers feel obliged to do is to point out that the e9 bottle you are drinking only contains 37 cents worth of wine. I wish they wouldn’t. Nothing’s more certain to sunder the harmonious marriage of Chilean Chardonnay and Bombay Pantry take-away than the revelation that the wine exudes a bouquet of packing cases, airplane fuel and the taxman’s greasy suit. Still, spending a few euro more does get you a nicer gargle. I’m often approached by ladies who say “My husband likes wine. What can I give him that will enhance his enjoyment?” They mention a sum, invariably not enough to build a cellar so I end up intoning “Lever corkscrew, decanter, thermometer…” What a cop out! Absolutely the best advice would be “Money. Give him a fiver a week, help him drink better.”

Get some decent glasses. First, try putting 6 odds-and-sods in a row, pour the same amount of wine into each glass and sample. I guarantee you’ll be amazed, sometimes you wouldn’t believe it’s all the same wine. Afterwards, the temptation to head for Mitchell’s and buy six of every Riedel grape-specific glass will be nigh irresistible. In reality all you need, unless you are going to get very, very anoraky, is a set of stem glasses you can fill a third of the way up with wine and still leave twice that amount of head space for the bouquet to come whuffing up. Bowl shape? Imagine a big egg with the top cut off. Nice thin glass, no horrible rolled rims. Buy Riedel if you must – their Vinum Chianti glass at around e20 a throw is a great all-rounder – but there are perfectly adequate glasses to be found in Dunnes or Roches.

Adopting Tip Number 3 won’t cost a cent unless you’d care to make a donation to the Ernie Whalley Fund for Penniless Wine Scribes. Golfers talk about the ‘inner game’ by which they mean adopting the psychological karma that will enable them to swing smoothly from the lst tee and progress to the 18th, coping along the way with bad shots and bad luck. Likewise the confident wine drinker will have shucked off prejudices; be well able to assimilate new experiences; be capable of coping with wine snobs, aggressive bluffers and the odd corked bottle. Get the ‘inner game’ sorted and you’ll feel more comfortable with a glass of wine in company.

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