Grape Spy: Jean Smullen

Root & Branch Gin

2020 Laurent Miquel Kinsale Faugeres

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October, the season of mists and wild hedgerow fruits is the ideal time to try this unique Irish gin, but I’ve also got a full-bodied red, perfect for you to enjoy on those cool autumn evenings.


This gin is produced in West Waterford by Blackwater Distillery. In an Irish first, Blackwater has teamed with Green Belt who will plant a native tree for every bottle of Root & Branch sold.

Their latest edition, Root & Branch Fruit of the Forest Gin is a spirit infused with wild berry and rosehips during distillation.

It has hints of red fruit and spicy flavours, so is best served with ice and tonic, garnished with fresh mint and blackberry. Exclusive to Aldi.

2020 Laurent Miquel Kinsale Faugeres


Available for €10.40 in the Dunnes French Wine Sale until October 11, this is made by one of the best-known wine makers in the South of France, Laurent Miquel.

It is a blend of 80pc Syrah and 20pc Grenache. This is a spicy, soft, juicy red wine with tons of dark fruit flavours. The Kinsale link is thanks to his Irish wife Neasa — they usually holiday there. This is the perfect wine to serve with slow cooked beef stew.


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