Wine

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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Alpha Zeta “S” Soave 2012, Italy — €12.99

THERE are few wines more iconic than New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay which was founded in 1985 and whose intense pungent Sauvignon Blanc became a benchmark for the varietal in that country.

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Santa Rita Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 — €9.99

As you are have probably gathered by now the first thing any budding wine enthusiast needs to learn about is grape varieties.

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Beso de Vino Old Vine Garnacha, Cariñena, Spain — €11.99

THERE was good news for the Government this month as it seems their take on wine duty was significantly up over Christmas, despite the criminal increases introduced in November’s budget.

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Kung Fu Girl Washington State Riesling — €13.99 (was €16.99)

SO Superquinn is no more. As you have no doubt heard the famous Superquinn sausages have been saved, but thankfully so too have many of the wines.

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Wine: Point West Touriga Nacional 2009, Portugal — €9.99 (was €12.99)

This is award season in the wine trade as much as in the movie business.

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Villa Maria Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

NEW ZEALAND represents less than 1% of the world’s wine production but has become hugely influential in the past 20 years thanks to their unique take on Sauvignon Blanc.

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Wine: Vistamar Sepia Reserva Pinot Noir, Casablanca

PINOT Noir is one of the great misunderstood grapes but one you will be seeing a lot more of in the coming years if Chile has its way.

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Wine: Terrasse du Moulinas Blanc, Pays d’Oc, France — €10.99

THIS is an interesting time in the world of wine.

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Wine: Talamonti Trebì, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2012 — €13.99

FOLLOWING on from last week’s theme of wines to match spicy food, a number of the ones recommended this week were tasted over an excellent meal in the long-established Indonesian restaurant Chameleon in Temple Bar.

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Wine: Finca Labarca Rioja Crianza 2010 — €9.99

I find the best way to make dark January evenings pass is to eat exotic food.

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Sunny wines to combat the winter blues

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Your essential guide to New Year sparkling wines

WITH New Year’s Eve just hours away do not delay in buying your favourite Champagne, Cava or Prosecco.

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Borie de Maurel Cuvée Luna 2012

DON’T FRET, you still have time to get wine for Christmas and perhaps pick up a wine-related present for the wine-enthusiast in your life.

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Wine by Leslie Williams

THE last week of November was Rhone Wine Week organised by the ever busy Simon and Emma Tyrrell of Tyrrell and Co. who import a range of wines from the region, including one that Simon himself makes called Les Deux Cols which featured here a few weeks ago.

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Leslie Williams says the blandness of turkey matches most wines, and below, his recommendations for main course and dessert.

Seasonal cheer with Leslie Williams

From the starter to the main course to dessert, wine columnist Leslie Williams serves up some must-have holiday drinks.

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Circa 1788 Shiraz Viognier

THE lights are on, the music is on the radio and the trees are up — there is no getting away from it: Christmas is imminent.

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Wine: Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier, Languedoc — €11- €12.99

THE RETURN of the Wine Geese tastings as part of The Gathering have been the highlight of the wine year and Cork has been particularly lucky as almost all the tastings have been in the real capital.

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Wine: Barton & Guestier Cotes-du-Rhone

IT ALL comes back to France. That country’s wine sales may have fallen dramatically in recent years, but it is still the benchmark producer for most grape varieties and wine styles.

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