Wine

Stock up on some good value Bordeaux wines from Lidl

All over Europe and the Northern Hemisphere, grape growers are checking the weather forecast on an hourly basis, and saying prayers that the rain stays away.

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Good tasting wines to try before the summer is out

The Dog Days are over to quote Florence and the Machine (who will be at Electric Picnic this year, as will I - of which more next week).

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Wines from family-owned importers and wineries

The wine industry in Ireland used to be a bit of a boys’ club but times have changed.

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New World wines in the Irish market

The dominance of New World wines in the Irish market has led many consumers to focus on particular grape varieties so this week I’m encouraging you to look at blends.

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My favourite wine importers

I have written in the past about the difficulties faced by small wine importers given our draconian wine taxes. We are around 650% higher than the EU average and more expensive for wine than countries such as Sweden and Finland.

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Perfect out-door wines to try out this weekend

According to some Canadian research, men find the scent of grilling meat more arousing than any perfume.

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Excellent value in these Australian wines

I have been rather neglectful of Australia in recent months so this week I want to focus on one of the great icon estates of Australian wine as a way of showing that there is more to this country than big blowsy Shiraz and Chardonnay.

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Wine: Famous vineyards of world heritage importance

In recent days the vineyards of Champagne and those of the Cote d’Or in Burgundy were both given United Nations World Heritage Status for the continuity and quality of their wines and ancient vineyards.

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I predict a comeback of Romanian wines

The world of wine has changed a lot in the last 25 years. 

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Sherry, the best-value wine in the world

What is the best-value wine in the world? The answer I give to this question may surprise you — sherry.

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Wines to give your dad this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is tomorrow so this week I want to focus on wines your dad will probably like. 

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The best of unusual wines this week

The grapevine species vitis vinifera (of which all wine grapes of quality are a member), can in theory be grown anywhere on earth between 30 degrees and 50 degrees Latitude.

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Dry and fruity summer wines

The weather in the past month has been rather unpredictable but there have been enough warm days to convince me that it is time to write about summer wines. 

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Wine suggestions this week include some lovely blends

I have bad news.

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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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