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4th November 2008

SUPERQUINN UNVEILS THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS WINE COLLECTION

Christmas is coming and this year Superquinn has put together one of its largest and most competitive wine packages to date. During the entire Christmas season, from 19th November to 31st December inclusive, the retailer will have special offers on 200 different wines, each with a discount of at least 25% off the normal retail price, sometimes as much as 50%. This will include many wines exclusive to Superquinn, as well as some of the most popular wines on the market.

So no matter what the occasion, Superquinn has the right wine to match, and at the right price too.

DRINKS PARTY OR SHARING A GLASS WITH A FEW FRIENDS

Hosting a large drinks party, or having a more intimate affair for a few friends? You will need something light, fruity, and easy to drink. These bottles are also invaluable if unexpected guests drop in for a chat. Why not try the Casa Rivas Sauvignon Blanc Reserva (€7.75), the crisp refined Domaine de Begude Pinot Rosé (€7.87), the deliciously fruity Beaujolais Villages (€9.37) from André Cologne, or the Lunetta Prosecco (€10.87) to kick-start your party?

A FAMILY CHRISTMAS DINNER

Having a large group for Christmas dinner? This is not the time to bring out your finest - you need some crowd-pleasing, easy-drinking wines. To create that festive mood, there is nothing better than a bottle of fizz, such as the Crémant de Loire Brut Première (€8.99). If you’re having a starter such as smoked salmon or seafood of some kind, then a crisp dry white is required. Muscadet has made a real return to form, and Superquinn’s Prieuré de la Fine, Côtes de Grandlieu sur lie (€7.49) is a textbook example.

For the main course of turkey you’ll need a fairly rich red without too many drying tannins, or a full-bodied white wine. Either the Agustinos Reserva Pinot Noir (€7.87) from Chile or the Domaine de Brunely Vacqueyras (€13.49) would be perfect. To finish, plum pudding or Christmas cake both call for something sweet. A small glass of Superquinn’s Ferreira LBV Port (€14.69) will go down a treat.

A MORE INTIMATE AFFAIR

Just catering for a few adults with a taste for the finer things in life? Then you will probably spend a little more time on the food, and be a little more demanding when it comes to the wine. Start off with a glass of Champagne – the Nicolas Feuillate N.V Brut (€29.99) would be perfect.

If you’re serving seafood a crisp dry white is best for a real treat. This is the time to try out Superquinn’s new ‘Superior Quality’ SQ Chablis Premier Cru (€15.37). Once again, try to avoid very tannic wines with turkey. The Merlot-based SQ St. Emilion, Ch. Grand Barrail St. Marzelle Figeac (€21.37) has superb ripe fruits, or for something with a bit more body, the Grangeon Châteauneuf-du-Pape (€19.99) would be superb with turkey or goose. If your preference is for white wines, then go for the Fortin Pouilly-Fuissé (€18.37) – it has the body to stand up to turkey and all the trimmings too. To finish, there is nothing finer than a glass of Port, the traditional accompaniment to desserts on Christmas Day.

THE LEFTOVERS

A glass of something fresh and fruity, nothing too serious, will go down perfectly with those big sandwiches stuffed with cold turkey stuffing and cranberry sauce. Make sure you have a bottle or two of Terrazze della Luna Pinot Grigio (€11.24) and El Circulo Rioja Crianza (€9.99) from Superquinn around for those lazy suppers.

CASUAL SUPPER WITH FRIENDS

After a hectic few days of going to parties and dinners, it is nice to have a few old friends around for a casual supper; and a warming glass of something red. Superquinn’s Chianti Riserva Sammicheli (€9.99) will certainly satisfy all.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

What better way to bring in the New Year than with a glass of bubbly? Tailor the wine to suit the occasion - Prosecco is lighter and fruitier, while Champagne is drier and more complex. Superquinn’s Lunetta Prosecco (€10.87) or our exclusive Blin NV Champagne (€23.24) should do the trick.