Dominique Geary is a wine person I’ve nearly met, on a few occasions. We came quite close in Beziers this summer but no connection materialised. Still, the welcome tweets go on and her latest is a tip off about some Languedoc wines that will go on sale, indeed on offer, in Dunnes Stores from tomorrow (30th November) until 3rd January.

“To entertain a crowd or simply to bring some cheer to those gloomy evenings,” Dominique suggests you “try the Nord Sud new vintages”.

Nord Sud Viognier 2010, Nord Sud Syrah 2009 at €8.99 or two for €14 (usually €10.99)

Night in Languedoc
And for those special festive meals? Cazal Viel based Laurent Miguel’s Grandes Cuvées are also on very special offer for the same period:

Bardou St Chinian 2007, Vérité Viognier 2008, Saga Pegot Faugères 2007 all at €12.99 (usually € 17.99)

Tasting notes and food suggestions:

Nord Sud Viognier 2010: the fresh versatility of this wine makes it a perfect choice for an aperitif or for large parties, it is perfect on its own and will also complement well any seafood canapés: try spreading smoked salmon rillettes on mini ciabatta or blinis, to make rillettes just blitz smoked salmon with crème fraîche and fresh dill or horseradish to taste!

Nord Sud Syrah 2009: cherry fruit flavours mingle with pepper and spices making this wine the ideal foil for beef. For an easy canapé with wow effect try thin slices of rare beef with a dash of crème fraîche seasoned with Moutarde de Dijon in a mini choux pastry …

Bardou, St Chinian 2007: is a Syrah based wine that shows has great intensity but displays surprising fresh fruit and minerality…A beautiful selection for traditional Christmas dinner

Vérité Viognier 2008: Vérité has become Laurent’s signature wine. The 2008 vintage displays the characteristics of the Viognier grape with fruit and floral aromas, fermented in oak barrels it has a luscious finish. Pair with traditional roast turkey or goose, or also as a perfect foil for a festive cheese selection.

Saga Pago, Faugères, 2007: a dark intense wine, dominated by robust, characterful fruit and a hint of mocha, like Bardou it will be best suited to richer meat dishes, daubes and game roasts. Why not be adventurous and try incorporating chocolate in the sauce!