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  1. International Tempranillo Day

    International Tempranillo Day
    It may be time to invest in a global diary of grape varietal days! Throughout the year there are numerous National and International days of many grape varieties of wine, giving wine lovers the opportunity or excuse they need to open a bottle of a particular type of wine and share their experiences online and with other fellow wine lovers. It... read more
  2. You Had Me At Merlot

    You Had Me At Merlot
    Today we get to raise a glass and celebrate International Merlot Day. I'm not quite sure exactly where these "International Wine Drinking Days" originate from but I'm always happy to play along. This appears to be a relatively new International wine drinking day, with no mention of it prior to 201. Could this day have been "Hallmarked" to save Merlot... read more
  3. Ornellaia Tasting Dinner with TwoCooks

    Ornellaia Tasting Dinner with TwoCooks
    Oh what a night.  We had a full house for our recent Ornellaia tasting dinner and a fantastic night was had by all. We were delighted to welcome our guests, including fashionista Bairbre Power from the Irish Independent, Leslie Power, food and wine writer with the Irish Examier, Marie Claire Digby, journalist and food writer at The Irish Times, Corinna... read more
  4. Two new French Favourites from Wine Mason!

    Two new French Favourites from Wine Mason!
    Wine Mason held their annual portfolio tasting last week and it is fair to say they have set the standard high - a very boutique selection!  They showed just the right amount with about ten tables in total.  On the whole the wines represent a taste that is currently very on trend, one that is ultimately lighter and quite fresh... read more
  5. Wine Fair Review & 3 reds to try!

    Wine Fair Review & 3 reds to try!
    Thank you to everyone who made it to our Wine Fair at The Westbury on Sunday - what a huge success!  We raised over €10,000 for The Kieran Walsh trust to help get Kieran home to his family. Our suppliers really went above and beyond with their selections and we’re so grateful for their continuing support. I’d like to mention... read more
  6. Wine Events with The Corkscrew

    Wine Events with The Corkscrew
    We have some great events coming up at The Corkscrew - The Biggest Little Wine Shop in Ireland. See the details below and get in touch soon as events book out quickly. For more details contact us or call us on 1850 211 879. Tasting Events – Upstairs at No. 4 Construction is finally underway for Upstairs at No.4, our purpose... read more
  7. Tindal’s 2019 Portfolio Tasting: Part 2 [Anna Hickson]

    Tindal’s 2019 Portfolio Tasting: Part 2 [Anna Hickson]
    Following on from wednesday’s post with a few more recommendations from Tindal’s 2019 Portfolio. Beginning with another gem from the mighty Antinori empire: Conte della Vipera 2016 comes from Castello della Sala, a medieval hilltop manor in Umbria. This is a refreshing blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, the typical White Bordeaux duo, and a reminder of their chemistry as... read more
  8. Tindal’s 2019 Portfolio Tasting: Part 1 [Anna Hickson]

    Tindal’s 2019 Portfolio Tasting: Part 1 [Anna Hickson]
    This week I’ll be reviewing wines from Tindal’s Portfolio tasting in two parts. This is the problem with having too many favourites, brevity becomes a hopeless aim! As it happens, I’ve only mentioned reds here but these are all very suitable wines for this time of the year - rich and warmly spiced. A brief note on Tindal’s introduction to... read more
  9. Women in Wine! Australian Trade Tasting 2019 [Anna Hickson]

    Women in Wine! Australian Trade Tasting 2019 [Anna Hickson]
    Last Wednesday I sipped my way around the annual Australia Wine Tasting at The Mansion House on Dawson Street. 30 out of 65 Australian wine regions were represented - a wide range in terms of climatic influence and style. The spotlight fell in the middle of the room on The Women in Wine Focus Table, an impressive exhibit from some... read more
  10. Wine of the Week [Anna Hickson]

    Wine of the Week [Anna Hickson]
    Moreish Monastrell It’s cold out there and it’s set to get colder! Why not cosy up in front of the fire this week with a glass of ‘La Sonadora’ Monastrell(aka Mouvedre)? Made by Irish wine producer Simon Tyrrell, these grapes come from a single vineyard of higher altitude in Yecla, deep in the Spanish South. Higher altitudes, especially in such... read more

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