Wine

Wine: Pontebello Pinot Grigio, Australia — €7.99

BRACE yourselves, the rumours keep coming that wine is going to go up another 50c in the Budget. 

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Wine: Marquis de Plagne Crémant d’Alsace Brut - €12.99

ONE of the biggest wine scandals of the past few decades reached its final chapter in a New York court on August 7 last when Rudy Kurniawan was sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling fake wine.

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Pierre Ponnelle Chablis

THE summer’s wine highlight has come and gone.

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Wine: One Quiriz Navarra Reserva 2009, Spain — €8.99

SUMMER 2014 seems to be getting better and better to the extent that eating outside seems to have become the norm in our house.

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Wave Series Pinot Noir, Chile — €10-14.99

THE price of Burgundy is going to increase again next year as for the third year in a row the region has been hit by hailstones as big as golf balls.

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The Stump Jump GSM — €13.99-14.99

AUSTRALIA has slipped a little in sales in Ireland, partly due to a strong Australian dollar, but we still buy around a quarter of our wines from a country that constitutes just 5% of the global market.

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Réserve des Vignerons, Saumur, Loire Valley 2010 — €13.99-14.99

SCHOOL’S out so many families will soon be packing up the car and driving to France to stay at camp-sites or perhaps rented gites.

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Aldi Muscadet Sur Lie, Loire, France — €8.49

SORRY to mention the war but this is pre-budget submission time and talking to some of those wine trade in recent weeks reminded me how difficult Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, has made it for small wine shops.

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Marqués de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Rueda — €14.49

I RETURN to the wines of Spain again this week which I realise is starting to become a bit of a habit.

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Il Padrino Grillo 2012, Sicily — €8.99

SUMMER 2014 remains as unpredictable as we have come to expect in Ireland so I will be hedging my bets with recommendations for summer drinking over the next few weeks.

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Le Rosé de Mouton Cadet, Bordeaux — €12.99

THERE were many wine, whiskey, beer and cider highlights at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival this year so make sure to put the third weekend of May in your diary for 2015.

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Marese Bombino Bianca, Castel del Monte, Italy — €13.95

CAN you trust a wine score or tasting note? One of the more animated discussions at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival was on the subject of wine competitions and point-scoring for wines.

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Aresti Estate Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Chile — €8 (reduced from €10.99)

I haven’t featured supermarket wines in a few weeks so this week I want to mention SuperValu who have a new world wine sale on for May.

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Chateau Tour Prignac, Medoc 2010, Bordeaux €12.99 (was €19.99)

WHAT are the biggest influences on the flavour of a glass of wine?

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Wine: Michel Torino Colleccion Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina — €10.99

IRELAND’S economy seems to be slowly starting to rise out of the mire in recent months but spare a thought for Argentina’s winemakers who have been suffering massive instability in recent years.

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Lidl Morgon — €10.99

WINE enthusiasts sometimes tie themselves into knots worrying about the complexities to be found in the drink, fussing about which flower or fruit a wine smells like, or worse still focusing on soil structure and hectolitres per hectare.

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Wine: Miro Munda Sipon, Slovenia — €14.99

FOOD and wine matching can get over-emphasised these days and unnecessarily panic home cooks.

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Chateau Maris Old School Rouge, Minervois, France — €14.99

APRIL is Real Wine Month which focuses on minimal intervention “natural” wines and also low intervention organic and biodynamic wines.

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Pardal Tempranillo Bodegas Gllegas, Galicia, Spain — €10.80

AH SPAIN. Is there any wonder so many of us go there on holidays every year.

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