A major award win for a Northern Ireland wine business has been described as a 'fitting tribute' to the family company's founder.
Direct Wine Merchants started making the high-end Creu Celta red in 2003, and the Belfast business has won a gold medal in the Sommelier Wine Awards for the wine they produce in Spain.
Peter and Neal McAlindon, the owners of Direct Wine Merchants, said winning the medal was a fitting tribute to their father Kevin, who died in January.
"In light of the recent passing of our Dad, Kevin, founder of Direct Wine Shipments, this is a very fitting tribute," Neal said.
"This is the greatest award to date for Creu Celta. With each new vintage our wine is developing more complexity. As the vineyard gains maturity, the vines have a deeper root network and derive more flavour intensity and minerality," Peter McAlindon said.
"The newer vintages of Creu Celta are definitely a step up from the earlier releases and it is a privilege to work with Sylvia Puig, one of Catalunya & Spain’s best winemakers.”
The grenache-based red is described as a full-bodied drink with chocolate, cherry, plum, pine and smoky nuances and is a good match for steak, slow cooked meats and hard cheeses.
“It is also wonderful with many vegan and vegetarian recipes such as nut roasts, mushroom dishes, stews and curries,” Peter says.