Wine

The Coravin removes wine from a bottle through the cork via a long needle

Now that there appears be a chink of light at the end of the recession tunnel — given the number of new wine shop and wine bar openings — I thought I would talk gadgets this week.

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Wine reviews of The Empress Riesling and Independent

Two brave David’s to talk about this week — David Whelehan of Whelehan’s Wines which opened in December in the old Silver Tassie pub in Loughlinstown on the N11; and Dave Gallgher of Green Man Wines in Terenure which opened last month.

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Italians wine to choose from this weekend

Italy is on my mind this week having recently watched the documentary Natural Resistance at the Grainstore in Ballymaloe about rebel “natural” wine makers in Italy.

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How did I get a job like this?

When I tell people that I write about wine they immediately ask “how do I get a job like that?” The answer I generally give is that I have no specialist skills but I do think about the wines I taste and drink a lot more than most people.

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Wine: An excellent choice of natural wines

The buzz word in the wine world is ‘natural’. While many of the best wines are made with minimal interference, producers of natural wines are more rigorous.

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Wine: Support the Greek wine industry

Greece is in all the news bulletins as I write this and I suspect most Irish people have sympathy for the difficulties this ancient democracy finds itself in these days. 

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Choose from these French wine’s for your Valentines meal

This column tends to mention French wines quite often but I can be forgiven this week, given the day that is in it — l’amour and all that.

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New legislation will be good for wine enthusiasts

I am often asked where I like to buy my wine and the honest answer is (and should be), everywhere. However I must confess a bit of a bias towards the independent sector.

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Advice: Book a train to The Ox Cave Wine Bar, Belfast

Matching food and wine is an imprecise art at the best of times, says Leslie Williams.

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Wine: Ballymaloe Litfest line-up announced

Still another full week of January to go but I recommend you cheer yourself up by checking out the line-up for the Ballymaloe Litfest which has just been announced.

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Recommended bargain wines for cash-strapped January

Lebanon has rarely been out of the news since the 1970s but through all the years of political turmoil and refugee crises, there has always been one annual event to celebrate: the arrival of the new vintage of Chateau Musar.

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Wines to test your palates

New Year Resolutions are usually tedious things such as “visit the gym more than once a week”, “pay off the Visa bill every month” etc. This week I am proposing some pleasurable resolutions which will be no hardship.

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Wine: Some light wines for post-Christmas period

I am in denial. January can be such a depressing month that I find the best way to get through it is to pretend it isn’t happening and drink light crisp wines like it was summertime.

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Recommended wines for Christmas

Aperitif wines are always useful for when guests drop in unexpectedly, and definitely have some inexpensive prosecco in the fridge (more on fizz next week).

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Champagne for Christmas

I hope you can forgive the increase in prices on the column this week, I promise it is a once-a-year event, and only because I want to talk about Champagne.

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Give a decent bottle of wine as a present this Christmas

The key to successful present buying I believe is to find something that the recipient wants, but which it did not occur to them to buy for themselves.

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Wine: Some good Bordeaux offers for Christmas

Up until recently my favourite wine trivia question was “what is the world’s most planted grape?” 

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Wine: Sales are up on Vintage Port

The rumours of Port Wine’s demise have thankfully been exaggerated. While the market is overly seasonal in nature (that is, Christmas), and sales are down, sales of one style are definitely up.

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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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