We just returned from 10 days in Ireland. While most of my drinking was beer with some Whisky mixed in, we did have a few bottles with dinners around the country. BTW, we had great food while there. I was not expecting the quality to be that high. I would recommend these places and others too.
2013 Ciù Ciù Offida Oris Falerio- Italy, Marche, Offida
We had this at Ard Bia at Nimmos in Galway, Ireland. An interesting wine. This is a blend of Trebbiano, Passerina, Pecorino. Slight floral notes. Nice minerality. A bit of peach. Refreshing. Worked well with the Moroccan food. Nice value. (89 pts.)
2013 Taringi Sauvignon Blanc- New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
Drank at the customs House in Derry, Northern Ireland, UK. A reasonably priced Sauvignon Blanc, it was everything I wanted at that price point. Green/silver/gold in color. A big fruity nose of gooseberries, tropical fruits and a bit of hay. Lush texture. Just a hint of sweetness. Easy to drink and refreshing on a hot, sunny day. Simple but enjoyable. (87 pts.)
2009 Domaine Daniel et Denis Alary Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne La Font d’Estévenas- France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne
We had this at the ely bar and brasserie in Dublin, Ireland. While perhaps not quite as good as the outstanding 2007, this was quite good. It was gently decanted (I asked our polish server to be more aggressive with it, but there was a language issue#. It took some time to open up. After an hour, it was drinking much better, but we were off to the theatre. BTW, this restaurant had the best list, cellar and wine service I saw in Ireland. I wish I had toured the cellar earlier as I might have ordered differently. In any event, this has nice black raspberry fruit with black pepper and some grilled meats. I don’t know the blend but the Syrah dominates at the moment although it seems as if there is Grenache in there. With time, it shows a nice complexity and balance. Deep and layered. Plenty of time left here. Under 30 Euros on the list which seemed good. #91 pts.)
We were there last fall for 4-5 days. I found prices were not out of line with Ohio’s all things considered… not the best out there but not unreasonable. I found a Musar at retail for a very good price, some moscato for Laura’s bday she enjoyed and had a nice Loire Chenin at a restaurant that paired well with Thai food. I don’t remember restaurant specifics as we didn’t go anywhere high-end but agree all the food was fairly high-quality and better than expected at reasonable prices. We also visited London during the trip where I drank all beers/ciders which were incredible but I would not hesitate to return to either.