A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
A couple of weeks back I reported that French wine sales had dropped further in the last year. They now rank behind Spain, Australia and Chile.
Sat, 28 Sep, 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
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
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 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
School is back, holidays are over but don’t despair, wine is here to
Sat, 01 Sep, 2018
The word ‘organic’ has become almost magical, adding a sheen of quality and purity to just about everything. A good winemaker who goes organic should see an improvement in their wine quality but only if they were talented in the first place. Organic vineyards make up less than 3% of the world’s vineyards (Europe has around 8%, Austria can boast 15%) but this figure is growing. Yields will drop by at least 20% (and costs increase proportionally) but grape quality should definitely go up.
Sat, 05 May, 2018
A tale of two contrasting regions this week — Burgundy and Murcia in Eastern Spain.
Sat, 03 Mar, 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
Sun, 19 Nov, 2017
Christmas is approaching rapidly and it is wise to begin planning a little and thinking about your wines for the season.
Sat, 11 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
The focus is sunny southern France this week following a recent trip I made to the Languedoc courtesy of O’Briens, writes
Sat, 12 Aug, 2017
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Sat, 29 Apr, 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
Now in truth the grape never went away, it was really the fat oaky styles that we abandoned, says
Sat, 04 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
Sat, 11 Feb, 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
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Sat, 31 Dec, 2016
Ten days since Tomás O’Leary first landed in the Languedoc region for a four-month tour of duty with Montpellier and the 33-year-old scrum-half must feel as if his feet are yet to really find terra firma.
Tue, 25 Oct, 2016
Sat, 03 Sep, 2016
It is no great revelation that our tastes in wine frequently change with time.
Sat, 20 Aug, 2016
We are at mid-summer point now and the sunshine, up to now, has been rather absent.
Sat, 23 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
The obituary writers have been busy this year and the case is equally true in the wine world.
Sat, 18 Jun, 2016
The June Bank Holiday weekend always feels like the beginning of summer even if the weather is often rather mixed.
Sat, 04 Jun, 2016
This weekend I will be at Ballymaloe House near Midleton for the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine.
Sat, 21 May, 2016
Despite all the words this page has expended on a myriad of wines, the reason we are interested is because they all have one thing in common — “the power to banish care”.
Sat, 09 Apr, 2016
We need to talk about sulphur. You might have noticed that most bottles say ‘contains sulphites’ somewhere on the label.
Sat, 02 Apr, 2016
January is a month for learning new things and many off-licences are offering wine courses this month and early next month.
Sat, 23 Jan, 2016
Sat, 07 Nov, 2015
I’m a little late focusing on the Rugby World Cup, but with the final group matches this weekend there will be a lot of tension around and you may need a glass of wine to calm your nerves.
Sat, 10 Oct, 2015