A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
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This week I’m focusing on a recent trip to the most expensive vineyards in Italy (courtesy of O’Briens).
Fri, 04 Oct, 2019
September is Wine Sale month with the French wine sale at DunnesStores having begun on Tuesday last and SuperValu’s French sale on Thursday. Lidl’s French sale is wisely holding off until September 30 and Aldi and O’Briens have more general sales.
Sat, 07 Sep, 2019
August is almost upon us which spells the beginning of the end of Summer (in my head at least), so I am focusing on wines for the sunshine.
Fri, 26 Jul, 2019
As promised a few weeks ago, I’m giving over my column to the Loire Valley, a region I have holidayed in regularly since 1994.
Sat, 06 Jul, 2019
Champagne is a drink that works all year round, as welcome on a chilly Christmas morning as on a hot day in June.
Sat, 22 Jun, 2019
This week, I’m focusing on Veneto, home to some of my favourite Italian wines, such as Bardolino, Soave and, of course, many Irish people’s favourite: Amarone della Valpolicella.
Sun, 21 Apr, 2019
With the clocks going forward, longer evenings are coming and hopefully warmer days and evenings. Given that we have already had some warmer days I’ve found myself drinking more white wine and rosé, as well as Beaujolais and lighter styles of red.
Sat, 30 Mar, 2019
The world of wine falls into two very distinct categories — the big brands making easy drinking accessible wines to please as many as possible, and the smaller producers that make wines in their own way and as best they can but with little or no thought to what the market wants — if they like it, why shouldn’t others?
Fri, 08 Mar, 2019
January is the month many of us plan our summer holidays so this week I want to suggest two destinations with a wine focus.
Sat, 19 Jan, 2019
From wine to after dinner beverages, Leslie Williams unveils his drinks menu for the festive season.
Sat, 15 Dec, 2018
As I write this the weather has turned remarkably mild so I’ve abandoned my original topic of winter warming wines in favour of good value wines suitable for parties — parties can happen in good and bad weather after all. Christmas seems to start earlier and get more expensive every year so in the coming weeks I’ll try to keep value as much in mind as much as quality.
Sat, 24 Nov, 2018
I have banged the drum loudly for Spanish white wines on this page in recent years but I admit I have focused more on the textured fragrant Albariño and Godello wines of Galicia, and rather neglected Spain’s most successful and equally fascinating white grape Verdejo from Rueda.
Sat, 10 Nov, 2018
The addition of three new restaurants to the Irish Michelin portfolio elevated interest in the international food guide’s prestigious accolade.
Sat, 27 Oct, 2018
Did you hear you shouldn’t be drinking any alcohol, ever? A meta-analysis study on alcohol published in the Lancet in August received massive publicity as it claimed that having even one drink is dangerous to health.
Sat, 08 Sep, 2018
School is back, holidays are over but don’t despair, wine is here to
Sat, 01 Sep, 2018
A profile of a great wine house this week. FE Trimbach in Alsace dates from 1626 and has passed fairly seamlessly through the generations, despite that region’s tumultuous history ping-ponging between France and Germany. Jean Trimbach from the 13th generation visited recently — the 14th generation is already in the business and the 15th is on the way.
Sat, 04 Aug, 2018
The Cork Summer Show returns once more and, as always, carries a huge programme of food-related events including a food ‘market’ featuring over 60 indoor and outdoor stalls and with plenty of areas for some casual picnicking on purchased fare while checking out some of the live entertainment on throughout the weekend.
Sat, 09 Jun, 2018
Valentine’s Day is in a few days so this week’s column offers some gift suggestions, both conventional and more unusual.
Fri, 09 Feb, 2018
From the main course to the pudding, wine columnisthas the perfect drinks list for the festive season
Sat, 16 Dec, 2017
Sage Restaurant in Midleton will host a Summer BBQ on Monday (July 24) as a fundraiser for the Time for Tilara fund.
Sat, 22 Jul, 2017
Does wine have a gender? There was a time when tasting notes would refer to a wine as feminine or masculine — a delicate fragrant chablis might be feminine but a big fruity hermitage from the Rhone would always be masculine.
Sat, 17 Jun, 2017
Sat, 27 May, 2017
Sat, 13 May, 2017
Bordeaux is the largest fine-wine producing region on the planet and produces around 700m bottles of wine from its 120,000 hectares, says
Sat, 11 Mar, 2017
This week I’m taking a snapshot of the Languedoc-Roussillon, easily the most unwieldy wine region in France and arguably the world.
Sat, 18 Feb, 2017
By now the first paycheck of the new year should be in but there are no scary prices below for the simple reason that I am focusing on Southern and Central Portugal this week, arguably two of the best value wine regions in the world.
Sat, 28 Jan, 2017
Welcome to 2017, the Trump Presidency is only weeks away and we still don’t know what is happening with Brexit but at least we have wine to get us through, writes.
Sat, 07 Jan, 2017
Sat, 31 Dec, 2016
Want a little Christmas spirit? From sparkling wines to cider, beer to gin, our wine columnist,, has the perfect list to choose from.
Sat, 10 Dec, 2016
The dreaded ‘C’ word is fast approaching so if you can be disciplined (or can lock the wine away somewhere) it is good to begin picking up some wines or at least thinking about what you will need.
Sat, 12 Nov, 2016
Sat, 22 Oct, 2016
I am often asked to give general (and difficult) wine recommendations along the lines of — “what red wines do you like?” and my answer has been the same for the last few years — look to Spain.
Sat, 15 Oct, 2016
The words “Vintage Wine” often conjure up a romantic vision of a delicious elixir “cooled a long age in the deep delved earth tasting of flora … and Provencal Song” as Keats put it.
Sat, 17 Sep, 2016
Sat, 10 Sep, 2016
Sat, 03 Sep, 2016
If you are grilling at home any of the southern Rhones below will work well. I’ve included one white in case you are cooking fish or would like an aperitif.
Sat, 13 Aug, 2016
Macivors cider orchards were first planted in 1855 and are still in the same family.
Sat, 09 Jul, 2016
Watching the Euros has got me thinking about French wines so once again this week I’m back in the Languedoc.
Sat, 25 Jun, 2016
For some reason 2016 seems to have had a higher proportion of celebrity deaths than usual, and this month two well-known wine names could be added to the list — Louis Latour (aged 83) and Etienne Hugel (aged just 57).
Sat, 30 Apr, 2016
Galway Bay Brewery now has 11 pubs in Galway and Dublin and will be opening in Limerick in June.
Sat, 26 Mar, 2016
This week’s beer of the week is Bo Bristle IPA, 5.0%; ABV, 50cl — €2.99-3.39.
Sat, 19 Mar, 2016
Is that wine worth its price? This is a question I am frequently asked, mainly regarding expensive Bordeaux.
Sat, 19 Mar, 2016