Noffla Gold Star wines

Noffla goldstar

People often ask at wine tastings whether medals and awards seen on bottles are genuine indicators of quality.  The simple fact is that they are. They are awarded on the basis of having been tasted ‘blind’ (that is without knowing what the wine is), usually against a set of similar wine styles.  Australia and other […]


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 […]

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 […]