Versatility is a handy virtue when you live in a place where the four seasons can be experienced in a day. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, they say, and carrying both sunglasses and an umbrella when leaving the house is just one of many examples of how to be really summer ready.
While some wines are decidedly cosy winter warmers are others are just perfectly refreshing when enjoyed well chilled under a radiant sun, uncertainty sometimes calls for a flexible tipple.
Etnico 2014 is a chameleon. This Chilean red combines Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in a delicious argument for the New World’s open mindedness when it comes to grape blending.
Organic fruit sourced from the South American country’s Rapel Valley, a privileged sub-region within the wider Central Valley, becomes a sustainably produced harmony of blackberries, ripe black cherries, pepper and coffee.
Its tannins boast the gentle strength of a loving hug, they grab you and wrap your palate without overwhelming it. Balanced and with a plump body, it’s as comfortable accompanying a BBQ on a sunny day as it is being sipped slowly by the fire.
Etnico 2014 is available at O’Briens Wine at €10.95 (on offer from €13.95).
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.