If sunshine signals rosé in your house, there's a new wine with an Irish connection that is really impressive.
Lynne Coyle is the director of wine for O’Briens Wine. In a personal wine making project, she has teamed up with Alicia Eyaralar, a winemaker in Navarra Spain, to produce this new rosé, which has just arrived on the Irish market.
Rós Rosé costs €16.95, but buy one and get the second half price for the month of May. It gets its name from the Gaelic for rose, as Lynne was born and raised in Scotland and of course now calls Ireland home.
The women wanted to create a delicate and natural wine that made the most of the Garnacha black grape that grows in the Yerri Valley in Navarra.
The wine is made with a sustainable farming approach with low yielding wines. As 2018 saw an extended growing season long slow ripening, only one tank of wine was made. So get your hands on this first vintage while you can!
The wine is silky, with ripe strawberry and red berry flavours, balanced with a fresh crispness.
The women behind the wine:
So who is Lynne Coyle? As O'Briens is Ireland's largest family-owned drinks retailer with over 1,000 wines, she is one of the top names in the Irish wine industry.
Lynne holds the distinction of master of wine. You might be familiar with the term sommelier; this would usually refer to a wine expert who focuses their work in restaurants, and a master of wine tends to work in education or business. There are currently just over 130 female masters of wine in the world.
There are close to 400 masters of wine globally, so it is actually quite a balanced industry. However that is not representative of Ireland. Lynne together with her friend Justine McGovern decided to start Wine Spirit Women, to encourage more women to get involved in the business of wine. Wine Spirit Women creates networking opportunities for members and has a culture of learning and knowledge sharing.
We'll be keeping an eye on Lynne and more from Rós, on her blog www.lynncoylemw.com.
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