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Life’s too short to drink cheap wine.

by Ciaran Meyler, Wine Manager, United Wines

Life’s too short to drink cheap wine.

Life’s too short to drink cheap wine.

At the time of writing this article (12th March) the country is preparing to go into lockdown. The Republic of Ireland has just announced a total lock down of schools, universities and public facilities until 28th March, the GAA, Champions League & Ulster Rugby have suspended all games until at least 29th March. I can only imagine that the UK government and NI Assembly will follow suit.

The coronavirus is creating fear and panic all over the world. For most of us who have never experienced a World War or a pandemic before, these are unprecedented times and I only hope and pray that everyone I know and love plus all their family circle are still here with us by the time this article goes to print.
I know it sounds incredibly morbid, however it’s times like these that put things in perspective, what really matters in life, I’ll being doing loads of it over the next few days.

1. Spend more time with the people you love, tell them you love them again and again, give them a big hug.
2. Do more of the things you love, go for a walk in the mountains or a local park, talk to a swan.
3. Be generous, there’s no tow bar on the hearse.
4. Enjoy your favourite food and drinks.
5. Wear your best knickers every day.

Wine can help, it has the ability to stimulate a great conversation and help you relax at times of stress. Whilst it should never be depended on, at times like this we all need to chill and any help with doing so should be utilised.
The duty on a bottle of wine is circa £2.20 per bottle, so it always pays to trade up. If you can still find a wine at £5, you’re only getting circa 20p of wine. All the other costs are tax, production, shipping and retailer margin.
If you spend £10, you’ll get £3.50 of wine and £15 will give you a whopping £6.50 of wine.
I can only hope that you are all reading this article fit, well and thinking I’m a total crazy, as everything turned out to be ok. If that is the case, then I’m happy for you to call me Crazy Ciaran, at least everyone will be enjoying a good bottle of wine.

Carmen Gran Reserva Chardonnay
A very fine chardonnay with a complex bouquet of fruits, wood, vanilla, and butter; pleasant in the mouth, with great body and length.

McGuigan Hand Made Shiraz
Sourced from Langhorne Creek in South Australia, this wine is packed full of chocolate and cherry flavours with a long, velvety tannin finish. The fruit was picked at full ripeness off low yielding vines to ensure great flavour and acid retention. The result being a wine with superb classical structure and excellent cellaring potential.

Joseph Drouhin Chablis
A dry and fruity wine, easy to drink. Its colour is pale gold with greenish hues. Very fresh aromas reminiscent of citrus (lemon or grapefruit); small pleasant touches of fern or coriander are found as well. On the palate, dry and fruity, with mineral notes. Pleasant and long aftertaste.

Marques de Caceres Reserva
Dark and dense ruby colour. Refined and complex aroma with a touch of cherry, vanilla and soft toasted notes. Balanced in the mouth, where the silky and well defined tannins are combined with exquisite flavours to reveal a pleasant fullness.

“The taste of a good bottle is remembered long after the price is forgotten.”

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