Meet our new TV Week wine correspondent
Nikki Walsh talks to Aoife Carrigy whose sparkling column starts today
‘I hope to give readers a steer towards some of the wines that they might enjoy but might otherwise have missed, whether they be varieties or regions they already know or those they have yet to discover.’
Does she have any advice for would-be wine buffs? ‘Find yourself a good wine merchant and use them. Take the time to figure out what kinds of wine you enjoy, and ask yourself why you like them. Understanding your preferences will allow you to make new discoveries. If you like Spanish Rioja, for example, it’s quite likely you will enjoy Tempranillo, or other moderately oaked, medium-bodied reds.’ If you want value, it pays to think outside the box, she believes.
‘If you like wine from a particular well known region, the chances are there’s a neighbouring region with similar quality but better value. That’s where a good wine merchant can pay off – you have all their knowledge at your service. On the other hand, many of the supermarkets offer fantastic value in wine – but keep an eye on the pricing as you can really pay one week for what you saved on the previous week. If you are going to buy from supermarkets, it really is worth reading wine columns for recommendations.’
When Aoife is not working, she likes a glass of rosé or a zingy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. ‘I think the bottom line is that I like wines that are well made and taste of something – there are many out there that aren’t and don’t.’
For her it’s an exciting time to be part of the Irish food and wine world. ‘We’ve got some of the best raw ingredients in the world. We’re starting to understand that eating out shouldn’t be a rarity, and restaurants are working to deliver better value. There’s also a bit of a return to cooking from scratch. The challenge now is convincing people there’s pleasure to be had in eating good, wholesome food. Especially with a glass of well made wine.’
To read Aoife’s reviews of summer’s best Pinot Grigiots turn to page 22