• Opi Sadler -Winemaker of the Worlds Best Cabernet Sauvignon

    In 2013, Opi began working in Mascota Vineyards. Skip forward a few years and in 2018, La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 was awarded Best Red Wine in the World

    Rodolfo Sadler – more commonly known as Opi is one of Argentina’s most internationally renowned  winemakers. Opi is the third of three generations of wine makers.

    More than 3500 bottles were blind tasted at the Vinalies Internationales 2018, where La Mascota took the prize.

     

    Wine Tasting Dinner at Red Torch Ginger

    We were very luck at CLASSICdrinks to have the opportunity to meet Opi earlier in the month. We had the chance to taste some of his fantastic wines at a recent dinner held in Red Torch Ginger.

    For more information on this beautiful range of wines, please ask any of our BDMs located across the country or email our office info@classicdrinks.ie

    Opi Sadler Wine Tasting Dinner at Red Torch Ginger

     

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  • If you want to know anything else about Alvaro Palacios and his wonderful wines please ask any of our BDMs.

    There is one not too far away from you

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  • 23 Jan

    We are delighted to be the Sponsors of the Best Wine Experience 2018.  Now it the time to get your vote in for your favourites.  Vote for the various categories online at https://www.irishtimes.com/sponsored/restaurant-awards-ireland .

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  • 8 Jan

    Get your ticket before it’s too late!

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  • AOTEA

    Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    Awards Gold: Mundus Vini 2017, Germany
    Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2017, NZ
    Silver: International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017, UK Wine Analysis Vineyard: Seifried Queen Victoria Vineyard
    Sugar at Harvest: 21.5°Brix
    Date of Harvest: Late March 2017

    “Plush, fruity and engaging aromas of soft tropical and white fleshed tree fruits, sweet citrus and gentle herb tones. Spice and lees moments. The palate reflects all these attributes with a vibrant mouth-watering acidity and lengthy light-weight finish. Drink now and through 2020.”

    90 Points – Cameron Douglas, MS – December 2017

     

    SEIFRIED

    Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    Awards Silver: International Wine Challenge 2018, UK
    Silver: New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2017, USA
    Silver: International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017, UK Wine Analysis Vineyard: Seifried Queen Victoria and Brightwater Vineyards

    “Fruity, varietal, generous and energised bouquet with aromas and flavours of lemon, tangerine and citrus peel, fresh herbs and pineapple flesh. Vibrant and refreshing on the palate with abundant acidity and satin texture, lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2021.”  91 Points – Cameron Douglas, MS – December 2017

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  • Now in its 12th year, the National Hospitality Awards (NHA) have grown to hold a pre-eminent place within the hospitality industry in Ireland. With new categories added regularly, in order to keep pace with a changing industry, the NHA are a distinctive and handsome recognition of the efforts of the very best in the business.

    The awards are judged by industry professionals, to a rigorous standard, and evidence that an establishment has really got it right, both front and back of house.

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  • 22 Jun

    Bodegas Palacios Remondo is based in Alfaro in the Rioja Baja. This old family firm has been revitalised by the arrival of Alvaro Palacios who has already made his name, starting from scratch, with his extraordinary Priorat wines.

    He has since returned to the family property in Rioja Baja, and in a very short space of time, has decreased production by 60% and increased quality by a far higher factor! The most Southerly of the Rioja vineyards, Baja centres on the rich silty soils of the River Ebro, its best vineyards, such as this, at quite considerable altitude (550 metres).

    Placet is a beautifully refined, balanced, lightly perfumed white Rioja – made in oak but without the influence of new wood. The reds offer a range of options across different price ranges. The Vendimia is exuberantly juicy, for immediate consumption.

    The Crianza La Montesa has a glossy feel to an otherwise traditional style. A 90 hectare plot with vines up to 550 metres of altitude, Montesa is fermented in large oak vats then aged for 10 months in French barriques, 50% of which are new. The make-up of the blend varies according to the vintage; despite the majority shareholding, as one might expect, of Tempranillo and Garnacha, each year there is correspondingly more Mazuelo and Graciano, both adding interest. The wine has complex flavours with spice and tapenade, tar and licorice in addition to the blackberry, cassis and loganberry which are the classic hallmarks of Tempranillo.

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  • Since its founding in 1979 in Rengo, 130 km. south of Santiago, Torreón de Paredes winery has had one clear, guiding principle:
    “A good wine can only be produced using top quality proprietary grapes”.

    This fundamental purpose gives the wines of Torreón de Paredes, which sits in the middle of the well-known Cachapoal Valley and carries the Rapel appellation, the unique characteristics of a celebrated winery.

    Torreón de Paredes has achieved its notable status thanks to its strong Family tradition, present in all aspects of the operation.
    Don Amado Paredes is the mentor and founder of this successful winery, while his sons, Alvaro and Javier, pass on the family stamp directing the effort along with a top-quality staff.

    All these factors give continuity as well as the impetus for day-to-day improvement in the winery’s successful effort, which can be summarised this way:

    To produce top quality wine that manifests all natures gifts to the land, the vineyards and the people who work them.

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  • This is the story of Seifried Estate, South Island New Zealand’s oldest family winery established over 40 years ago by industry pioneers – Hermann and Agnes Seifried.

    The Seifried story began in 1973 when Austrian born Hermann Seifried and his New Zealand wife Agnes had a dream of making wines in New Zealand’s sunshine capital – Nelson. From very small and modest beginnings when Hermann and Agnes grafted the vines late into the night, to today when all three Seifried ‘children’ have returned home to play their part in growing the family business. Seifried Estate is a company devoted to sustainable wine.

    Hermann Seifried came to New Zealand to take work with the New Zealand Apple and Pear Board in 1970. Growing up with five brothers on an apple orchard in Styria, Hermann always had an interest in viticulture and oenology and went on to study winemaking at Weinsberg in Germany. He gained experience working for the KWV in South Africa before heading to New Zealand. After meeting Agnes Wilkins, a Kiwi girl from a Southland farm who was teaching at the local high school in Nelson, Hermann decided New Zealand was where he wanted to stay. They married in 1971 and with little more than a dream, the young couple purchased land in the Moutere Valley between Nelson and Motueka and began the long process of hand grafting phylloxera resistant rootstock onto cuttings. In 1973 on the gently northward sloping clay loam the first vines were planted. With 14 Vinifera varieties, on two hectare of land, the South Island’s modern commercial wine industry began. In addition to planting their own vines, the Seifrieds sold cuttings to other new wine producers in neighbouring Marlborough.

    Nelson is located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island and is surrounded by mountains to the east, west and south, while the Tasman Sea is to the north.  The climate is mild with winter days being pleasant and warm but cool at night, bringing crisp ground frosts.  In summer the daytime temperature reaches 30c degrees on a very warm day, with afternoon sea breezes giving a moderated and temperate climate to the region.  Nelson is proudly New Zealand’s sunniest region, boasting an average of 2,700 sunshine hours a year.  In the 1960’s and 70’s, Nelson was well-known for its horticulture, with hops, tobacco and apples being some of the main crops of the region.   It was also a very creative region and is today still regarded as the art capital of New Zealand, with potters, jewellers, glass blowers and winemakers making the region their home.

    The first Seifried vintage in 1976 made from Riesling, Sylvaner, Chardonnay, Refosco and Müller Thurgau was well received on the domestic market, and the wines received many accolades in local wine competitions.

    By the late 1970’s with a new and rapidly growing business, the family had grown too – now there were three small children in tow – Heidi, Christopher and Anna slept on rugs or in carry cots beneath the vines, or in a cot in the quiet corner of the winery tucked behind some tanks while Hermann and Agnes worked.

    In 1979 a further 16 hectares of assorted varieties were planted at the Redwood Valley vineyard.   Ten kilometres from the original vineyard in Upper Moutere, the Redwood Valley site offered a different climate and aspect, but the soil type was still primarily Moutere clay.  The grapes here ripened slightly earlier than in the Moutere Valley, hence spreading the vintage and adding new flavours, characters and structure to the wines.

    A third vineyard was established in 1988 on the stony soils of Appleby,on the Waimea Plains.   Just a few kilometres from the coast, this vineyard is less sheltered than the others but offers minerality to the fruit, as the vine roots burrow thought the sand and silt to find water.

    In 1993, the magnificient vineyard restaurant and function centre located at the Rabbit Island Vineyard was opened.  Since opening, it has hosted many weddings, seminars and other functions in a serene, rural atmosphere – the perfect ambience for wine and food to be enjoyed together!   Now known as Petite Fleur at Seifried Estate, the restaurant is owned and managed by Horst Wellmeyer and Justine Robertson.

    In 1996 the Seifrieds relocated from the original winery site in Upper Moutere to a brand new, purpose-built winery complex adjacent to the restaurant on the Rabbit Island Vineyard – a move essential to the continued growth of the family company.

    In 1999, tucked beneath the Richmond Ranges, the Seifried Brightwater Vineyard was developed followed by the planting of Edens Road vineyard in 2006.   Both of these vineyards are around 15K inland from the coast and offer shelter and greater climatic variation.   Further vineyards were established at Clover Road and the magnificent Queen Victoria vineyard at Motueka which has allowed Seifried to offer single vineyard wines, such as Aotea Sauvignon Blanc.

    The family today controls almost 300 hectares of vines in Nelson, spread across 8 different vineyard sites made up of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Noir and Syrah.   In addition, Seifried farms a few hectares of Malbec, Zweigelt and Würzer.

    50% of production is sold on the domestic market and the remainder sent overseas to 22 export markets across the globe.     Seifried wines always perform well on the international wine competition circuit and icon wine, Winemaker’s Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling, a late harvested dessert wine, named in honour of Agnes, is the most awarded wine in New Zealand and the most awarded dessert wine in the world.

    This is a family wine business and the Seifrieds are passionate about their work.   After their university studies, Heidi, Chris and Anna Seifried returned home to Nelson to take up active roles in the business.  Heidi combines a career as a dentist with wine-making, Chris is chief winemaker and Anna is responsible for sales and marketing aspects.     The third generation of Seifrieds has now arrived, and Hermann and Agnes have six grandchildren…. Only time will tell if they too will eventually join the family business!

    In 2014, Hermann and Agnes were welcomed in the New Zealand Winegrowers “Hall of Fame” and made Fellows of New Zealand Winegrowers – acknowledgement by their peers for the tremendous contribution to the New Zealand wine industry.

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  • 24 Apr

    A must have on your wine list

    By:admin Unit 5, OC Commercial Park Little Island Co. Cork 1

    According to Matthew Nugent for the past couple of weeks he has been trawling though his notes for the year and from these notes he has complied his Best of 2014 List. Here at CLASSICdrinks we are so very proud and honoured to have two wines listed in Matthew’s Top Wines. From Bodegas Terras Gauda Matthew has selected the O Rosal Terras Gauda. He says “ The king of Spanish Albariños – but for one small detail, Bodegas Terras Gauda have added a little Loureira and Caiño Biancoa, tow other native Galacian grapes, to bring you the perfect blend of 2014″.

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