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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

Turning the spotlight on the Irish, JAMIE GOODE picks some value-for-money buys to complement classic dishes like Irish stew and beef in Guinness. He highlights an Australian fizz that he reckons his readers will either love or hate. The 2002 Green Point ZD Vintage Brut (13.99; Waitrose) is described as special for two reasons: first, it is sealed with a crown cap; and second the usual dosage' - the addition of sweet wine - has been omitted. A bone-dry finish and great with food is Goode's verdict. Among the others, he reckons 2005 Vielle Fontaine Vin de Pays de Comt Tolosan (2.99; Tesco) is a good cheap wine: fresh, fruity and with a savoury bite.