by Traci Gates | March 29, 2021
Asparagus Wine Pairing “You needn’t tell me that a man who doesn’t love oysters and asparagus and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He’s simply got the instinct for being unhappy.” Saki, pen name of Scottish writer Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916)   It’s asparagus season! Spring is officially here and the […]
by Traci Gates | February 9, 2021
Valentine’s Day Wine A folklore proverb says that “Saint Valentine brings the keys of roots” and work in the vineyards and fields commence as plants and flowers start to grow. Today we associate the day with romantic love, cards and chocolate. It is also a reminder of the love affair our winemakers have with their vines. In honour […]
by Traci Gates | January 18, 2021
Vegan Wine  Whether you participate in Veganuary or you are vegan all year round and curious as to why not all wines are vegan then here is the long and short of it. One would assume wine is naturally vegan because well, grapes. The short answer is no. The long answer is found in the […]
by Traci Gates | December 21, 2020
Christmas Relish Edward Hayden’s Cranberry, Apple and Orange Relish with LBV Port from Quinta do Crasto Chef Edward Hayden returns to Wines Direct this year with LBV Port from Quinta do Crasto in mind. Edward was also so kind to demonstrate the recipe on his IGTV channel @edwardentertains and tell you a bit about how […]
by Traci Gates | December 17, 2020
A Festive Christmas Dessert Mulled Wine Chocolate Cake by Diva Boutique Bakery If you regularly follow Wines Direct on Instagram, you’ve seen Fionnuala Harkin taste our wine from her little Wine Shed in West Cork. In a recent tasting, Shannen Butler Keane from Diva Boutique Bakery of Ballispittle joined her in the Wine Shed. After hearing about all the deliciously fun […]
by Traci Gates | December 16, 2020
Christmas Beef Wellington Annie McNamara and Mary McCullagh proprietors of the Left Bank Bistro in Athlone started “Cooking with Annie and Mary” during Ireland’s first lockdown. We so enjoyed their video recipes showing up in our Instagram feed that we asked if they would prepare a Christmas main for you. In their special Christmas recipe […]
by Traci Gates | December 15, 2020
The Perfect Christmas Dinner Starter Imen McDonnell’s Fire-Roasted Crab Cocktail Imen’s Fire-Roasted Crab Cocktail is a simple yet elegant seafood starter that boasts a zesty explosion of flavours and serves as the perfect dish to begin your Christmas feast. She was inspired to create this recipe after a long afternoon drive along the Wild Atlantic […]
by Traci Gates | December 9, 2020
Christmas Wine Gift Guide The Top 5 Wine Lover Gifts Whether you are buying gifts for friends, relatives or colleagues, we are confident you will find something really special to spread the magic of Christmas. We stock over 350 wines from 10 countries throughout Europe and the New World. The team at Wines Direct have […]
by Traci Gates | August 11, 2020
Spanish Wine and Tapas: Manchego Cheese with Red Wine & Honey Glazed Chorizo Many of you would be living the Tapas life as we speak, but because of the current situation, we find ourselves recreating holidays at home. Our contribution to your staycation is A Ticket to Spain case and a tasty (and easy) Tapas recipe for Manchego […]
by Traci Gates | July 28, 2020
Staycation Wine: BBQ Wine Pairing Do you have a License to Grill? No matter your expertise level, it can be tricky deciding what wines to have at your BBQ. It’s easy to default to the standard go-to beer option. We like a tasty cold brew like anyone, but there is nothing like elevating your BBQ […]
by Traci Gates | June 15, 2020
Father’s Day Gift Guide: Top 5 Father’s Day Wine Gifts If you are unable to see Dad on Father’s Day or just visiting from a safe distance, you can still be his favourite child with a gift of good wine and good food. Father’s Day always begs the question, what to get Dad. How about […]
by Traci Gates | April 7, 2020
Siobhán Keogh’s Kitchen: Mushrooms, Spinach & Gubeen on Toast It looks like a lot of us are baking and trying out new, simple and fresh dishes in this unprecedented time of lockdown. A bit of therapy, perhaps. We thought it a good idea to check in on Siobhán Keogh, matriarch and founding partner of Wines […]
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