Wine

Spanish wines are hard to beat right now

Christmas is coming, but first things first – we are now in Game Season and we should start to see pheasant, partridges and wild ducks appearing in good butchers this month. 

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Weekend Wine

Firstly, this week I want to thank those readers who came to our Californian Wine Evening in Meades 126 Wine Bar on Cork’s Oliver Plunkett Street last month. 

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Wine: English Sparkling wine wins Gold Star Awards

Michael Noonan decided to spare the wine community in Ireland further pain in the recent budget so I suppose we should be grateful for small mercies.

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Wine: Colombelle L’Original, Plaimont, Cotes de Gascogne 2013

Terroir is one of those frustrating French terms that is beloved of winemakers and wine-writers but remains little understood by most of the wine-buying public. 

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California produces some of the world’s best wines

California produces more wine than any country outside Europe yet very little of it seems to make its way to Ireland. 

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Weekly wine tips

Readers of this column may be getting tired of my raising the issue of excise duty on wine but bear with me for just a few sentences. 

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Monte Velho Branco, Herdade do Esporao, Alentejo, Portugal - €12.99

The Indian Summer we have been experiencing in recent weeks is not just putting us in better form, but also the winemakers across Europe. 

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Wine: Alpha Zeta Soave 2013, Veneto, Italy — €12.99

HIS WEEK I am focusing on Waterford which held its annual Harvest Festival just a couple of weeks ago with a strong focus on local food producers and of course on wine. 

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Wine: Ciu Ciu Piceno, Bacchus 2013, Italy — €11.99 - €13.25

I mentioned last week of the sad death of Paddy Keogh of Wines Direct at the young age of 64 from a relatively short illness. 

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Wine: Henri de Richemer Marselan, Cotes de Thau, France; €12.99-€13.99

THE sad news of the death of Paddy Keogh of Wines Direct was announced recently and this column would like to extend sympathies to his family and work colleagues. 

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Wine: Picpoul de Pinet 2013, Languedoc — €10 (was €12)

SEPTEMBER has become wine sale season it seems. Last week I wrote about the Lidl French wine sale and some of their Bordeaux bargains — this week it is the turn of Dunnes Stores.

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Wine: Chateau Moulin de Citran 2008, Haut-Medoc — €14.99

EVERYONE begins their love affair with fine wine somewhere, I was unlucky enough to have mine start in Bordeaux. 

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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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