2016 Wine Wish List

Wine  Wishes

If I were to create a wish-list of what I’d love for 2016, it would read something like this: That the proposed minimum pricing legislation is carefully thought-out before being implemented.  I for one, do not want to have to pay even more for wine.  I have yet to be convinced that pricing will impact […]

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Lamb & Wine

lamb

Terms such as Appellation Contrôlée are well-recognised for wines, but did you know that the EU gives special status to high quality foods which are deemed to be specific to certain regions? Lamb producers in Connemara proudly boast that the flavour is unique – a result of the hilly terrain, grasses, heathers and herbs, all […]

Great value wines from the Languedoc

Languedoc

I am often asked at wine tastings about value for money wines.  Wines from the south of France are really impressing me lately, particularly reds from Languedoc Roussillon, tucked into France’s south west Mediterranean coast. I took a wine tour of the area last April, and was surprised that you can drive for several hours […]

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 […]

Buying wine for Christmas

Buying wine for Christmas

Buying wine in Dublin for Christmas? One week to go! Take the risk out of buying expensive wines with a few recommendations, based on wines which have made a big impression at my wine tastings and wine courses this year: Molloys Liquor Stores: If you like Rhone wines, you are in the right place. Look […]