Vive la France

Posted on: 10th October, 2016

Category: The Wine Buff

Contributor: Tony Eklof

If like me, you love a good Bordeaux to warm up a winter’s night, right now might be a good time to lay in a few bargain priced bottles. The Autumn wine sale, initiated by Superquinn all those years ago, is now a welcome event in most of the major wine retail stores. Some but not all of these sales are exclusively French wines.

The Aldi sale was odd in that many of the featured wines disappeared very soon after being advertised. Highlights for me were classy German wines, a Pinot Noir and a lovely Riesling, which the Bandon shop had run out of within hours of the sale starting. Fortunately for me, my daughter-in-law spotted a couple of bottles while in Killarney and kindly picked them up for me. Much appreciated, as good German white is so hard to source in these parts.

Dunnes Stores’ French wine sale is a disappointment in that it consists mostly of existing stock sold at lower prices, although an exception was a welcome newcomer, Chateau Galochet Bordeaux, a gold medal winner and a great bargain at €10.

SuperValu benefitted from taking over many of the Superquinn wines. Perhaps the standout for me in their French sale is a Gigondas, one of the best Rhone wine regions, for €15, although they have some lovely new Rose wines from Anjou and from Provence.

I’m not a big fan of Lidl’s ordinary wine selection but when it comes to the French wine sale for my money it comes out on top. I read somewhere that they buy in something like a million bottles for the sale in their shops Europe-wide, which could go some ways in explaining how they can offer such value particularly with wines from the usually pricey Bordeaux region. Selections from the top communes such as Margaux and Pomerol are still quite pricey for most of us but where the real stars shine are in less famous appellations such as Fronsac, Cotes du Bourg and Graves.

Recommended

At the time of writing these highly recommended labels were all still available in the Clonakilty Lidl outlet.

Chateau La Raze Beauvallet Medoc 2012.

Chateau Moulin de Bel Air Bordeaux Superieur 2013. (Gold Medal)

Chateau de Rousselet Cotes du Bourg 2011.

Chateau Lalande Mausse Fronsac 2013. (Gold Medal)

All of the above at €9.99

Also Chateau Le Bourdillot Graves, 2012 at €10.99 (Gold Medal) and

star buy for me, for that special treat, Chateau Coutelin St Estephe, €12.99.

St Estephe is one of the best communes in the Medoc and this represents rare value. Enjoy!

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17th October, 2018  ·  

SuperValu and AsIAm host unique exhibition in Clonakilty

SuperValu and AsIAm.ie will host a unique exhibition which will enable the entire town of Clonakilty to experience what it is like for people with autism to deal with the world around them. The exhibition, which is free to visit, will be hosted in the Clonakilty Parish Hall from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 27th September. The exhibition represents the final part of the four month journey the town has been on to becoming Ireland’s first ever fully accredited Autism Friendly Town and guests are invited to join on a ‘pop-in’ basis.

The exhibition uses an engaging “questions and answers” format as well as a series of activities to answer people’s questions and enable visitors to step into the shoes of those with the condition. This includes using sound, smells, touch and sight experiments to bring neurotypical (those without Autism) people into the world of those with the condition.

“People with autism often experience a sense of being overwhelmed and confused by what others see as normal life, and this exhibition will allow those attending to understand this more than they have done before,” according to the CEO of AsIAm Adam Harris. “Through visiting this exhibition we believe people will be much better equipped to engage with people with autism who they meet regularly in their day-to-day lives.”

Visitors are given an MP3 player which gives them an audio guide through 15 stages which allow them experience different aspects of life with autism.

Under SuperValu and AsIAm’s guidance, the town of Clonakilty has undertaken a commitment to become fully Autism Friendly – a first for anywhere in Ireland. Over the last four months Adam Harris, founder of AsIAm, and his team have been working with the entire community to receive official Autism Friendly Accreditation.

To do this the town as a whole must deliver:

Engagement and training 25% of businesses and voluntary organisations
Engagement and training of 50% of public services
Engagement and training of 50% of school communities
Engagement and training of 50% of healthcare professionals
Engagement of 3 employers
Reaching 25% of the town’s population
The town has almost reached these targets with this exhibition representing the last piece of the journey reaching and educating as many of the community as possible.

The exhibition was developed by the AsIAm Youth Leadership Team, a group of young people with Autism who act as advocates for the organisation. It is part of a larger campaign to engage young people in Autism issues which includes a social media campaign and a website, youthhub.asiam.ie

Around 1 in 65 people in Ireland live with Autism and are to be found in every community and school in the country. They apply for every type of job but are often misunderstood, excluded or left behind due to a lack of understanding in society.
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