Celebrating French Food & Wine @ Donnybrook Fair
by Jean Smullen
Published 11/02/2024

If you love good cuisine and great French wines, then make sure you make a pitstop in one of six branches Donnybrook Fair between now and Wed 13th March, 2024.  Their seasonal event will primarily a focus on French wine and cheese and French pantry fillers.  Donnybrook Fair is one of Dublin’s best-known epicurean food and wine stops and they are located across the greater Dublin area with shops in Morehampton Road, Donnybrook; Stillorgan Shopping Centre; Malahide Village, Greystones, Baggot Street, Dublin 4 and most recently, in Dundrum Town Centre. 

Joe Doyle started it all in his shop in Donnybrook in the early 2000’s and since Donnybrook Fair has evolved from a small shop in a south Dublin location to a culinary destination known for their handmade meals and taste experiences.  Central to the group’s ethos are their kitchens where over seventy chef and bakers prepare their quality products, under the leadership of head chef John Dunne.  Many of their products are now available in over 170 SuperValu and Centra stores, nationwide, since the group became part of the Musgrave family in recent years.

So, what to look out for during the DF French wine promotion, well CHEESE for a start, French cheese reflects the diversity and centurries-old tradition of regional craftsman ship.  From the iconic Brie de Meaux to pungent Roquefort.  Featured in the DF Cheese Selection are 24 Month Aged Comte, Sellers-sur-Cher, Pont-l’Eveque and Black Truffle Brillat Savarin.  All of which will go a long way towards creating an impressive cheese board to entertain your guests.

PANTRY PRODUCTS include la Fermiere Yoghurts, Filet Bleu from Brittany, the classic Paris Brest and the DF French Lemonade produced by Rieme Boissons.

They have also sourced a selection of FRENCH WINE for you to enjoy, now that Dry January is over. 

2016 Château Lyonnat Lussac Saint-Émilion €21.99 

This wine come from the right bank of the Bordeaux region from the AOP Lussac-Saint-Émilion in the Gironde Department in South West France. Château Lyonnat is the largest estate in the Lussac Saint-Émilion. Château Lyonnat wine has 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and is made from 32 hectares of vines located on the slopes of the estate. The Merlot dominates and you get all those ripe plum aromas and flavours but it also has lots of soft yielding tannins and hints of mocha and spice that add enormous complexity to what is a fine wine.  A real treat for a night in when you’re cooking something special! The 2016 vintage was awarded 91/100 points by Wine Enthusiast so make sure you give this classic Saint-Émilion a try.  

2022 Cave de l’Ormarine Pipoul de Pinet €17.95 (on offer for €13.99)

Picpoul, the oldest native white grape from the south of France.  The name Pique-poul translates as "stings the lip", and is a reference to the grape's naturally high acidity. If you like refreshing zippy whites, this one is for you. Picpoul has become very fashionable in recent years, it is a grape variety you used to find on a lot of restaurants lists because it is a very versatile easy drinking wine style that goes well with most food.  This is a wine to enjoy with seafood, but I think it will go with everything from pork to chicken as well as fish, especially garlic prawns. This wine has lovely ripe peach aromas on the nose.  It is certainly fresh and lively, but there is quite a lot of ripe fruit on the palate This is on offer during the French promotion for €13.99, at this price great value, make sure to snap it up!

2021 Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône €23.99 (on offer for €14.49)

Famille Perrin is a leading wine producer and négociant in the southern Rhône. The Perrin family has been making wine in the region since the early 1900s, and are the owners of the renowned Château de Beaucastel.  Today, they make wines in some of the Rhône’s most famous appellations.  This classic Côtes du Rhône wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The grapes are grown in the warm sunshine, where a combination of the region’s stony soil and the cooling mistral wind  result in good quality wines.   This wine has lots of red fruit showing on the nose and a nice spicy finish, a good weight of fruit and a firm tannin structure, another great value offering from DF.

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