Enjoyed yesterday’s visit to Karwig Wines. To the real shop in Carrigaline, that is.

If you visit the website, you’ll see that there is 20% off on an inviting selection of Rosés, a selection that includes tempters from the South of France, such as Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

I was tempted by that (over a fiver off) but, having tasted a string of Provencal beauties this summer, I picked the Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence. Marcus Gates was helping me make the choices at this point and he says that the rosés have been flying this summer and the offer will continue for quite a while yet.

He is delighted with them and also with my next choice: Chateau Haut Mirambet Entre-Deux-Mers 2010. The first one on my list was Kerpen Riesling Blauschiefer 2010. I had really enjoyed the 2009 version of this and Marcus reckons the current one is every bit as good, maybe better.

Had a chat then with Emilie Moore who was very proud of their Sardinian selection and now I’m looking forward to trying the Cannonau di Sardegna 2008 and also the Riserva 2007. The wines are produced by Sella and Mosca and the grape is 100% Cannonau.

Sorry not to see Joe and Betty around the place today and we all hope to see them both back in full action soon.