The best wine shops in Ireland

buying wine in a shop

The best wine shop in Ireland?  Redmonds of Ranelagh, according to Noffla, which annually awards the title to its very best members. The National Off Licence Association Awards are based on a range of criteria, heavily weighted towards range and wine knowledge, and independently judged. When buying wine, especially for  an occasion, there is no […]

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Best of wine in 2011

3 glasses

Random reflections on wine in Ireland in 2011: WINE Most memorable wine of the year: Piper Heidsieck 1990 champagne, which I showed at a private wine tasting.  Its toasty maturity, delicate balance and length of flavour was remarkable. Best wine under €10: Domaine Caude Val Merlot, available from Molloys Liquor Stores. Most impressive wine at wine […]

Dessert wines from Down Under

Pfeiffer Topaque

Australia produces the same number of bottles as Bordeaux, but the variety of styles is incomparable.  This point was brought home a wine tasting by Wine Australia last week. Chris Pfeiffer, of Pfeiffer Wines, explained that Australian wine as we recognise it, has only emerged in the last fifty years.  Prior to this, sweet fortified […]