Person: JJ O’Driscolls
A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
Sad news to announce this week as the much loved Cork-based importer Karwigs in Carrigaline have decided to wind down after 40 years.
Sun, 30 Jun, 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
This week I’m focusing on Garnacha/Grenache, arguably the most important grape in France and Spain yet also a grape that is less known than it should be given that it only occasionally appears on wine labels.
Fri, 01 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
Just a few days left before Christmas and if you are stuck for present ideas don’t forget that a decent bottle of wine or gin is always a welcome gift.
Sat, 22 Dec, 2018
With unpredictable colder weather and Christmas almost upon us, it is time to talk about fortified wines.
Sat, 08 Dec, 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
When we think of Port we often think of Christmas but this week I want to encourage you to think about this wonderful wine as an ‘anytime’ drink.
Sat, 06 Oct, 2018
I was asked recently which wine region I would opt to live in given an endless budget and unlimited resources. After much deliberation I picked Piedmont in Northern Italy, home to the Slow Food movement, white truffles, hazelnuts, and wines made from Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, writes
Sat, 29 Sep, 2018
I wrote last week about the fact that Ireland is by far the most expensive place to buy wine in the EU with over 50% of a wine that costs €10 going to the government.
Sat, 15 Sep, 2018
Ireland’s wine drinkers have fully embraced the big bold Malbec wines from Argentina but this week I’m recommending a couple of Pyros Wines from a valley you have probably never encountered before.
Sat, 09 Jun, 2018
This week a focus on Austria, one of the most consistent wine producing countries on the planet — I’d even go so far as to say that I have yet to taste a wine from Austria that I didn’t like.
Sat, 14 Apr, 2018
Easter is almost upon us and many of us will be preparing traditional roast lamb.
Sat, 24 Mar, 2018
January is a time to look ahead in hope and my main hope for 2018 is that independent, quality wine shops can stay in business.
Sat, 06 Jan, 2018
From the main course to the pudding, wine columnisthas the perfect drinks list for the festive season
Sat, 16 Dec, 2017
Back to southern France again this week, as I find myself enjoying the wines from here more and more.
Sat, 09 Dec, 2017
Sat, 02 Dec, 2017
One question I am often asked is what is Ireland’s best selling wine and the answer — Santa Rita 120 — probably shouldn’t surprise you, writes
Sat, 25 Nov, 2017
Sun, 19 Nov, 2017
This week I’m focusing on the Languedoc and largely the wines of Domaines Paul Mas which is imported by Cork-based Karwig wines. I toured all their vineyards a few weeks ago and was once again charmed by this part of France.
Sat, 28 Oct, 2017
Sat, 23 Sep, 2017
Sat, 16 Sep, 2017
Sat, 29 Jul, 2017
With summer holidays rapidly approaching I’m focusing on the Loire this week, given that so many of us will find ourselves in France in the coming months.
Sat, 01 Jul, 2017
There is a tendency among wine enthusiasts to constantly refer to the beauty of vineyards and wine regions, but some of this I think comes from the fact that we feel so at home in these magical places that produce our favourite sustenance.
Sat, 24 Jun, 2017
I always feel I am tempting fate when I write about wines for summer in Ireland — I feel as if the weather gods are waiting to thwart me should I even mention the garden or the word barbecue.
Mon, 05 Jun, 2017
My selections this week are from the Lidl French wine sale plus some new Alsace wines from Karwigs in Carrigaline, Co Cork — Chateau d’Orschwihr.
Sat, 25 Mar, 2017
The number of new Irish whiskies seems to be growing by the week with new brands being launched and the old guard easily keeping up.
Sat, 18 Mar, 2017
Now in truth the grape never went away, it was really the fat oaky styles that we abandoned, says
Sat, 04 Mar, 2017
If you are reading this it is fair to assume that you are interested in wine, not just because it has the power to ‘banish care’ but because how it interacts with all your senses.
Sat, 25 Feb, 2017
Sat, 11 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
Once again this week I want to encourage you to shop local and to emphasise this I’m giving over the column to a profile of one of Cork’s relatively unsung wine heroes: JJ O’Driscolls Superstore in Ballinlough.
Sat, 21 Jan, 2017
Sat, 14 Jan, 2017
With Christmas just a few hours off,s has a guide to the best wine stocking fillers that will suit any meal over the coming days.
Sat, 24 Dec, 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
Ireland and Spain have had many connections throughout history but one you might have overlooked is Spain’s contribution to Ireland’s most famous drink — whiskey.
Sat, 01 Oct, 2016
We are at mid-summer point now and the sunshine, up to now, has been rather absent.
Sat, 23 Jul, 2016
I suppose I had better just come out and admit it, I’m not a big fan of sauvignon blanc.
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
South African wine doesn’t feature on this page all that often for the simple reason that there is not that much imported here compared to other countries, and a lot of what I have tasted is either not worth writing about, or is too expensive for the quality.
Sat, 14 May, 2016
Just a few weeks to go to the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest of Food and Wine (to give it the full title) on May 20–22.
Sat, 07 May, 2016
Easter Saturday is not necessarily the time you would expect me to be writing about spicy foods but my favourite Easter dinner is a rich yoghurt and spice marinated slow-cooked lamb dish called lamb raan, and it was thinking about this that led me to tackle once again the issue of wine and spice.
Sat, 26 Mar, 2016