Wine

Wine suggestions this week include nice Proseccos

May seems to have become food and wine festival month. This weekend it is Wexford’s turn with a craft beer trail in the town tomorrow. Greenacres wine shop will be hosting wine tastings Saturday and Sunday.

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Wine suggestions this week include good red Burgundies

What is the world’s greatest wine region? A common question and an unfortunate answer — Burgundy.

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Wines New Wave — Lighter and Fresher

The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine is next weekend and there are lots of drinks-related events. 

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Treat yourself to some Champagne

This week I want to share with you some of the reasons why good Champagne is expensive. One reason is our punitive tax system (fizzy wine is double the tax of still wine), but also because this is not an easy wine to get right.

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Wines this week are a mixed bag

In my garden at the moment my plum and two apple trees are in full bloom and I am already anxiously anticipating a good crop of fruit.

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Picking out some of Italy’s finest wines

In recent weeks, I have been praising Spain as a source of good value but this week I want to focus on Italy.

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Wines for warmer days

I am writing this week’s column outside in the garden such is the weather at the moment. It is not just the Irish that are obsessed with the weather, however — talk to any grape grower or winemaker.

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Spanish wines to look out for this week

This column is a massive fan of the wines of Spain. In my opinion, Spain currently offers the best value (price versus quality) of any wine-producing nation.

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The Coravin removes wine from a bottle through the cork via a long needle

Now that there appears be a chink of light at the end of the recession tunnel — given the number of new wine shop and wine bar openings — I thought I would talk gadgets this week.

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Wine reviews of The Empress Riesling and Independent

Two brave David’s to talk about this week — David Whelehan of Whelehan’s Wines which opened in December in the old Silver Tassie pub in Loughlinstown on the N11; and Dave Gallgher of Green Man Wines in Terenure which opened last month.

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Italians wine to choose from this weekend

Italy is on my mind this week having recently watched the documentary Natural Resistance at the Grainstore in Ballymaloe about rebel “natural” wine makers in Italy.

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How did I get a job like this?

When I tell people that I write about wine they immediately ask “how do I get a job like that?” The answer I generally give is that I have no specialist skills but I do think about the wines I taste and drink a lot more than most people.

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Wine: An excellent choice of natural wines

The buzz word in the wine world is ‘natural’. While many of the best wines are made with minimal interference, producers of natural wines are more rigorous.

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Wine: Support the Greek wine industry

Greece is in all the news bulletins as I write this and I suspect most Irish people have sympathy for the difficulties this ancient democracy finds itself in these days. 

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Choose from these French wine’s for your Valentines meal

This column tends to mention French wines quite often but I can be forgiven this week, given the day that is in it — l’amour and all that.

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New legislation will be good for wine enthusiasts

I am often asked where I like to buy my wine and the honest answer is (and should be), everywhere. However I must confess a bit of a bias towards the independent sector.

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Advice: Book a train to The Ox Cave Wine Bar, Belfast

Matching food and wine is an imprecise art at the best of times, says Leslie Williams.

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Wine: Ballymaloe Litfest line-up announced

Still another full week of January to go but I recommend you cheer yourself up by checking out the line-up for the Ballymaloe Litfest which has just been announced.

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Recommended bargain wines for cash-strapped January

Lebanon has rarely been out of the news since the 1970s but through all the years of political turmoil and refugee crises, there has always been one annual event to celebrate: the arrival of the new vintage of Chateau Musar.

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Wines to test your palates

New Year Resolutions are usually tedious things such as “visit the gym more than once a week”, “pay off the Visa bill every month” etc. This week I am proposing some pleasurable resolutions which will be no hardship.

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Wine: Some light wines for post-Christmas period

I am in denial. January can be such a depressing month that I find the best way to get through it is to pretend it isn’t happening and drink light crisp wines like it was summertime.

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