This week, two bottles from O’Briens. We start with a fairly posh sparkler. Brother and sister Stefano and Marina Girelli are originally from Trentino, in the far north of Italy. They fell in love with Sicily and planted a vineyard there that they farm organically. This rosé is made using the Frappato grape, a very good local variety that is also used to make fruit-filled red wines. The white version, also organic, made from the Grillo grape, is equally good.
The Red Dune is a new addition to the O’Briens Portuguese range. They already have an impressive collection at every price point, including some inexpensive easy-drinking wines that are hugely popular. I can see the Red Dune fitting in nicely.
Santa Tresa Il Frappato Spumante Brut Rosé (Organic), €17.95 (down from €23.95)
Move over Prosecco! This is a pale, elegant glass of fizz with delicious subtle strawberry fruits and a dry finish. Perfect for that mini-celebration any summer occasion.
Red Dune 2020, Setúbal, Portugal, €12.95 (down from €14.95)
Made from a 50-50 blend of Castelão and Alicante Bouschet – two local grapes – this has rounded sweet dark fruits balanced nicely by a refreshing acidity and a touch of spice. Drink alongside grilled chicken, pork, lamb chops, or roast Mediterranean vegetables.