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Author: Sam Logan

by Sam Logan | August 4, 2017
  As a vineyard, San Simone is a bit like Robin Williams. Now, that might sound a little strange, but hear me out. Robin Williams was an outstanding actor, as well as a hilarious stand-up comedian. Before his tragic suicide (coincidentally, three years ago this week) he starred in best comedies of the 80s, 90s […]
by Sam Logan | July 28, 2017
A passionate dedication to a place is a characteristic usually attributed to French winemakers. It’s easy to imagine a proud and surly vigneron dismissing their neighbouring regions, and the wines those regions produce, with Gallic disdain. This fanaticism is encapsulated in the term terroirist – a winemaker who is committed to the influence their landscape […]
by Sam Logan | June 30, 2017
Quinta do Crasto  Even during the very hottest of Irish summers, it would be difficult to confuse Glendalough, or any other Irish landscape, with the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. It’s the heat sets the place apart. The steep sides of the valley are carved from flaky schist that traps the heat of the sun, […]
by Sam Logan | June 30, 2017
Less Alcohol, Maximum Enjoyment There are plenty of excellent reasons you might want a wine that’s a little lower in alcohol. But none of those reasons are important enough for you to compromise your enjoyment! Fortunately, there are some great options if you want to enjoy a lower alcohol wine that still has plenty of […]
by Sam Logan | June 30, 2017
A Barbecue Weekend  You can’t deny it, the Irish summer is almost over. During the next couple of weeks, the leaves will start changing colour, the first grape harvests will begin in Europe, and the market for school books and uniforms will come alive again. Sadly, there’s no escaping the fact that summer is coming […]
by Sam Logan | June 27, 2017
Can you remember the last time you made a new friend? For many of us, starting a new friendship is all too rare. However, one of the great things about Wines Direct is that we’re always meeting new producers, tasting new wine, and forging friendships! Gavin and Gareth travel the world, visiting winemakers to find […]
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