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CHRISTMAS SPECIALS: Spain

Casas de Herencia Tinto  Valencia  €10.49 or €8.99 for 2+ Legado Muñoz Garnacha  Castilla  €10.49 €9.49 Pago de Cirsus Oak Aged 2011  Navarra  €12.99 or €9.99 for 2+ Warm aromas of raspberry and sandalwood waft generously from the glass. The lavish palate shows ripe tannins and gorgeous flavours of blackberry, mocha and brown sugar. Expressive style. Real Castelo Verdejo …

WINTER SPECIALS: Rioja

RIOJA LIES IN NORTHERN SPAIN, south of Bilbao and nestled between two sheltering mountain ranges. It was the first Spanish wine region to achieve DO / appellation status, in 1925, before being promoted to the top DOCa level in 1991. Today Rioja’s grape prices are 200% above the Spanish average, showing the huge strength of …

CHRISTMAS LUXURY: Fine Champagnes at Curious

BRITISH ECONOMIST John Maynard Keynes’ famous last words were: “I wish I’d drunk more Champagne.” Don’t be left with the dismal scientist’s deathbed regret – especially not when you can choose between ace maison Duval-Leroy (“no other house can beat if for consistency” – Decanter), and new-to-Curious Grand Marques, Laurent-Perrier and Taittinger. CELEBRATE! Duval-Leroy Champagne …

ARGENTINA: Specials & New Wines!

ARGENTINA, SOUTH AMERICA’S BIGGEST PRODUCER, is famous for its adopted variety Malbec (native to south-west France), which gives beefy, aromatic reds that partner amazingly with the hearty steaks that the country is also known for. Its vineyards, three-quarters of which are in Mendoza, must be irrigated by mountain meltwater as the region sits in the …

WINTER SPECIALS: 9 Under €9!

EVERYONE KNOWS by now how high Ireland’s taxes on wine are (576% above the EU average – eek!) so it can be tough going trying to source decent wine that can be sold under the all-important €10 mark. We’ve worked hard though and, with the help of some tempting discounts, we’ve managed to put together …

WINTER SPECIALS: Negly + Gassac

THE LANGUEDOC is one of the wine world’s most vibrant, exciting and best-value regions and we are privileged at Curious to list the wines of two of its most illustrious producers: Mas de Daumas Gassac – “the Lafite of the Languedoc”; and Château de la Negly, which is located (memorably) in the lofty cru of …

WINTER SPECIALS: Bordeaux

Château Bauduc Bordeaux Blanc 2012 €15.99 Buy 5, get 1 Free = €13.33 “Gordon Ramsey uses it as his house wine, Rick Stein has it on his list and I’ll have another glass, please!” John Wilson, Irish Times Château Bauduc Bordeaux Rosé 2012 €15.99 Buy 5, get 1 Free = €13.33 Saint-Tropez meets Bordeaux in …

WINTER SPECIALS: Marlborough, New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND is unique among wine-producing countries in that it doesn’t bother with entry-level plonk; virtually all of its wines are high-quality, premium products. Chilly by vine standards, this small island nation specialises in aromatic whites, with Marlborough as the heart of its wine sector. Sauvignon Blanc, synonymous with Kiwi wine, eclipses all other varieties …

WINTER SPECIALS: Kanu and Acacia Tree (Western Cape, South Africa)

SOUTH AFRICAN WINE really only comes from the extreme SW coast of the country, around Cape Town, which enjoys a classic, vine-friendly Mediterranean climate. It should be too hot to make decent wine here, but the local, frigid Benguela Current helps cool things down, as does the famous ‘Cape Doctor’ wind, which regularly batters the …

Italian Winter Specials: Dievole and Borgo Magredo

DIEVOLE (TUSCANY/SICILY) DIEVOLE IS A HEAVYWEIGHT Tuscan azienda that has been around in some shape or form for the last 1,000 years. Located in Chianti Classico – the historical heartland of Chianti and source of the region’s most illustrious wines – its 411 hectares include just 86 that are devoted to vines, the bulk being …