Wine

Wine: Beautiful Beaujolais

Springtime is here and at this time of year I crave fruit in my wine and there are few fruitier or more pleasurable wines than a good Beaujolais.

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Wine: Off-Licence of the Year Awards

The results are in and the 2016 National Off-Licence of the year is a shop that features regularly in my stockist list — Baggot Street Wines.

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Wine: January is a month for experimenting

January is a month for learning new things and many off-licences are offering wine courses this month and early next month.

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Wine: Tackling 'dry January'

There has been a lot of publicity about the new UK alcohol guidelines and much discussion about the benefits of a “dry January” these past few weeks. I’m not convinced.

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Wine: Lingering tastes of 2015

Now that we are properly into 2016, I have had some further thoughts on wine experiences I enjoyed last year.

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Wine: Torn between the past and the future

The new year is upon us and at this time of year I always find myself a little betwixt and between — torn between the past and the future, memories of the year just passed, mixing with the anticipation of the one to come.

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Wine: Looking into Ireland's spirit industry

In my last column of 2015 I was going to go focus on the wine highlights of the year but in fact there have been far more landmarks in the spirit world here in Ireland.

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Wine: Some ideas for last-minute Christmas gifts

Just a few days left to pick up some last minute presents and to prepare for Christmas.

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Say cheers: the wine to buy this festive season

The thing I love most about the Christmas meal is that for once I am not the only one fussing and worrying about what wine to serve. 

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Wine: Enjoying a festive port

Recently I gave over my column to the joys of sherry and wrote about how well it goes with food. This week it is the turn of port. Port and sherry are drinks we wrongly associate with Christmas when in fact they work all year round.

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Wine: Medicine and wine can be a successful relationship

There is a book to be written on the medical profession and its influence on the wine industry.

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Wine: It's time to give sherry another try with food

International Sherry Week is just gone for another year and given how much wonderfully complex sherry I consumed, I’m going to try to convince you once again to explore this great drink as a food wine.

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Wine: Legendary importer Joe Karwig was much loved

Sad news to report as in case you didn’t hear the legendary Cork-based wine importer Joe Karwig died suddenly on October 26.

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Wine: A profile of Gérard Bertrand

This week - a mini profile of Gérard Bertrand, one of the best-known winemakers of the Languedoc, perhaps France’s most dynamic wine region.

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Wine: A nostalgic theme

I have a nostalgic theme this week as I was reminded at recent tastings by how much our tastes have changed since I first became interested in wine.

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Wine: Craft brewers only people happy with Budget 2016

The only people that seem to be happy with Budget 2016 are the craft brewers. 

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It's impossible to resist the fruit and easy-going styles of Chilean wines

Chile has come a long way. If you told a wine merchant in 1990 that in 2015, we would be drinking more wine from Chile than anywhere else in the world, they would simply have laughed at you.

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Wines to raise a glass to during the Rugby World Cup

I’m a little late focusing on the Rugby World Cup, but with the final group matches this weekend there will be a lot of tension around and you may need a glass of wine to calm your nerves.

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All wine selections this week are Spanish

Only a couple of weeks to Budget 2015 and still time to contact Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, to encourage him to give small wine importers and wine shops a break by reducing our criminally high wine taxes.

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Suggestions this week are from O’Briens wines nationwide

I want to begin this week by offering my congratulations to Lynne Coyle MW, wine buyer at O’Briens wines.

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Wine selections this week are from Cases Wine Warehouse in Galway

First this week a reminder that school is back for wine enthusiasts as well as children. 

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