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 […]
The best wine pairing for salmon? Growing up by the sea in the west of Ireland, we always enjoyed fresh wild salmon during the summer months. Years later I discovered that by pairing it with the right type of wine, it made a meal fit for a king. Nowadays, fresh wild salmon in Ireland is […]
Master of Wine, Peter McCombie recently convinced Irish restaurateurs to adopt lower profit margins on wine. At a recent trade event hosted by Searsons, 1 out of 3 restaurateurs said they would consider cash margins rather than percentage margin, for premium-priced wines. Peter McCombie was the guest speaker on ‘Creating Profitable Wine Lists’. He has […]
These wine-service tips assume that you are working in a mid-priced restaurant, typically serving main courses at €15-€20. Winelist Always present the wine list. Don’t automatically give it to the man. Give it to the most interested person. In a business setting, establish who will take charge of ordering the wine. It is useful also […]
Last year’s wine highlight for me was a long-overdue visit to California, where I spent a week in the Napa valley. Hot days, tempered by foggy mornings, shade from the mountains to the east and west, precious alluvial fans, and altitude variations up to 2,600 feet create a very special environment for quality Cabernets and […]
What to drink over Christmas? The short answer is anything you like really. If you follow some food and wine matching guidelines, however, you will notice that your wines take on a totally different dimension, as individual components synthesise to create a pitch-perfect sublime harmony on your palate. Starters frequently feature shellfish – generally a […]
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Talking to people in the wine business, it is obvious that Sauvignon Blanc is THE fashionable grape variety of 2010! Typically dry, with good acidity and, depending on where it is grown, oozing with herbaceous and tropical fruit character (Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc) or showing elegant mineral character with some grassiness (Loire Valley). Add an extra dimension to your Sauvignon […]