Showing posts with label Santa Rita. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Santa Rita. Show all posts

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Week in Wine


Straccali Chianti Classico DOCG 2007, 13.5%, €13.95, Karwig

Colour: Ruby Red
Nose: Intense, of red fruit.
On the palate, it is fresh and fruity, slight spice, tannins relatively prominent. It is well balanced, medium bodied, lively and with a persistent finish. Unfortunately, I started this off on the cool side, can happen on the colder days here, and it took a while to win me over but it certainly grew on me as it warmed up! Recommended.

It turned out to be a good week on the wine front. On a visit to the L’Atitude Wine Cafe on Union Quay, I came across two outstanding reds on their extensive list. Both come under the Fruity with Attitude heading.

First up was the 2008 Cat Amongst the Pigeons, Cabernet Sauvignon, from Australia’s McLaren Vale and then I enjoyed the 2008 Massaya Classic (Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) from the Lebanon.

Not too bad on the home front either where I continued to work my way through the reds of Provence. The first, La Citadelle’s Les Artemes 2007 from the Luberon, is available in this country from the Wine Store.

I don’t think the second is; I bought it in the small town of Vauvert on the edge of the Camargue. It is Noble Gress 2005, Costieres de Nimes. I think there is value for Irish importers in the region.

It was a good week too for Enniskeane born Brother Kevin Crowley, founder of the Capuchin Day Centre in Bow Street in Dublin, who has been named the Santa Rita 120 Local Hero 2012  for his phenomenal work in helping homeless people.

The Santa Rita 120 Local Hero Award competition is run by the premium Chilean winemakers to find local heroes who make a real difference in their local community, such as hard working volunteers, individuals who work tirelessly to make their community a safer place and inspirational heroes who always seem to put others before themselves. 

As the Santa Rita 120 Local Hero 2012, Brother Kevin wins €10,000 for The Capuchin Day Centre as well as the trip of a lifetime for two to Chile, the home of Santa Rita wine.

And John McDonnell, the face of Australian wine in Ireland, also enjoyed a great week at Pro-Wein where Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago was given the Winemakers’ Winemaker Award by the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


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Only FIVE days left to nominate your local hero and honour someone who deserves recognition
for the great work they do in your community

Enter them in the 2012 ‘Santa Rita 120 Local Hero’ competition and they could win €10,000 for their local community and the trip of a lifetime to Chile

Closing date for entries: 17 January 2012

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for the outstanding work they do in your local community? A hard working volunteer, someone who works tirelessly to make your area a safer place or a local who is simply an inspirational individual who always seems to put others before themselves?

If you do know someone who has made a real difference to your local area,
you have only five days left to enter them in the ‘Santa Rita 120 Local Hero’ competition which is being run by Santa Rita, the premium Chilean wine makers and the leading Chilean wine in Ireland.

The winning ‘Santa Rita 120 Local Hero’ will receive €10,000 to spend on their nominated piece of community activity, as well as a trip of a lifetime for two to Chile, the home of Santa Rita wine. Their nominator will also receive a trip for two to Chile.

Last year’s ‘Santa Rita 120 Local Hero’ was Joe Browne, founder of the Cystic Fibrosis charity Build4Life, for his phenomenal fundraising efforts to build a Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Cork University Hospital. Joe set up Build4Life after his son was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and in the last four years, the charity has raised an astounding €2.2 million.

To nominate someone for the 2012 ‘Santa Rita 120 Local Hero’ award, simply pick up a nomination form in your local supermarket, pub or off-licence or

The Santa Rita 120 label, which is the winery’s most popular line of wines, pays homage to the 120 brave Chilean men led by Irishman Bernardo O’Higgins who found refuge in the cellars of Santa Rita while fighting for independence in 1814. Bernardo, whose father was from Sligo, later went on to become the first head of the Chilean independent republic. Today the same cellar is used to age Santa Rita’s 120 label wines, which were created to honour those 120 heroes.

To tie-in with the ‘Santa Rita 120 Local Hero’ competition, Santa Rita also have a collection of limited edition wines called ‘Héroes’.

The ‘Héroes’ range consists of a 2009 Malbec from Valle de Maipo and a 2009 Unoaked Chardonnay from Casablanca Valley. The collection was created last year by renowned Santa Rita 120 winemaker Carlos Gatica to celebrate the launch of the Heroes campaign in Ireland and has received many great reviews since.

Sally-Anne Cooney, General Manager of Gleeson’s incorporating Gilbeys, which distributes Santa Rita wine in Ireland, says:

“Last year, the Chilean nation showed us how people in everyday life can be heroic. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, the Chilean nation united and acted as one to successfully rescue the thirty-three trapped miners.

“The ‘Santa Rita 120 Local Hero’ award is aimed at recognising the fantastic work that ordinary people do in Ireland every day. We are calling on everyone to nominate their local hero - someone they think deserves this prize. We’re really looking forward to hearing their heartfelt, inspiring and selfless stories. To us, these people are exactly that – a hero.”

The Santa Rita 120 range has an RRP of €9.99 and is available from all good stores nationwide.
The Santa Rita ‘Heroes’ collection: 2009 Malbec RRP €9.99  /  Chardonnay RRP €9.99 and is available in O Briens and Spar stores nationwide.

*Both the winner and the nominator must be over 18