From Thanksgiving through to Christmas and New Year’s, follow your own path this holiday season with Dark Horse Wine. Enjoy Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon, Dark Horse Malbec, Dark Horse Merlot, Dark Horse Chardonnay and Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc – available in Ireland from all good stockists.
The Dark Horse team works side-by-side with 400 Californian grape growers to take the first pick of their harvest so that only the best fruit goes into its wines. The wines themselves are tasted over 100 times before the consumer pours their first glass. It is therefore no surprise that Dark Horse has won 100 awards over the past 2 years internationally.
With the holiday season just around the corner, Dark Horse Wine demonstrates how you can discover your wilder culinary side – with bold, unexpected food and wine pairings. Traditional festive menus tend to centre around either a roasted turkey or glazed ham, but why not follow your own path this season and get a little adventurous?
Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon
Bringing together a carefully selected collection of California grapes, Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold wine with notes of plum, a hint of oak, and a smooth finish.
Wine and Food Pairing: Chef Gizzi Erskine recommends pairing this wine with braised meat dishes such as her Smoked Chocolate Chilli Con Carne, so why not try making this over the holiday period and wow your guests!
Dark Horse Malbec
The Dark Horse Malbec is a bold wine filled with dark plum and blackberry flavours combined with dark chocolate and a hint of spice.
Wine and Food Pairing: Wonderfully rich in taste with a luxurious velvety finish – why not change things up and pair with roasted crispy lamb belly with pancakes, festive spices, plum sauce, cucumber and spring onions? Combining this full-bodied wine with the sweetness of the plums, makes a food pairing that works wonderfully well with the richness of Malbec.
Dark Horse Merlot
The Dark Horse Merlot is medium-bodied with dark berry notes – a tastefully balanced treat for the taste buds. Be adventurous and reach for a red this holiday season!
Wine and Food Pairing: We shouldn’t always assume that red wine only works best with seasonal red meats, especially at Christmas! Meaty fish like monkfish and swordfish work surprisingly well as they are bold enough to withstand the tannins and richness of Merlot.
Dark Horse Chardonnay
Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2021 Mundus Vini International Wine Awards, Dark Horse Chardonnay is a rich tipple with apple and ripe stone fruit notes layered with toasted oak. The acid in the wine will cut through the richness of curry flavours, to make a perfect match.
Wine and Food Pairing: The classic pairing for white wine is a festive roast chicken, but why not get a little adventurous this holiday season and pair Dark Horse Chardonnay with spicy chicken prepared in spices and a creamy sauce?
Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc
The Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc has an unmistakable vibrancy. With a refreshingly clean finish, this wine is filled with flavours of bright grapefruit and fresh tropical notes.
Wine and Food Pairing: Why not take a bolder approach and pair it with festive themed tacos this party season? Made up of some seriously delicious, tender turkey with sweet and savoury cranberry salsa? It’s guaranteed to be a perfect pairing!
Embark on an adventure with Dark Horse pioneer Beth Liston, a winemaker brave enough to believe that, with the right planning and technique, a reasonably priced wine could truly achieve great things. Pretty bold if you think about it! The passion and creativity that goes into the Dark Horse winemaking process have borne fruit and they have been recognised internationally with medals from some of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions.
Dare to follow your own path this holiday season with Dark Horse Wine – available nationwide from all good stockists. RRP €12, with a seasonal promotional price of €10 across a number of retailers this November and December.
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