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Author: Traci Gates

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 […]
by Traci Gates | January 8, 2020
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 16, 2019
Christmas Pudding & Wine Pairing We are very delighted to have Imen McDonnell return this year with yet another stunner recipe that embodies Christmas and will get you all the oohs and ahhs at your festive gathering. A family Christmas Pudding recipe close to Imen’s heart and paired with some equally indulging wines guaranteed to make you […]
by Traci Gates | December 11, 2019
Vegetarian Wellington You will not be stuck looking for an attractive main for those relatives that have given up meat or just prefer a meat-free option at their Christmas table. A Vegetarian Wellington is a fun spin on the classic Beef Wellington. This indulgent meat-free version is an impressive centrepiece. If you want an impressive […]
by Traci Gates | December 9, 2019
Christmas Turkey Tips & Wine Pairing There is nothing that says Christmas more than the traditional Christmas Turkey at the table. There is also nothing more intimidating Christmas morning than staring at a naked turkey, especially if it’s your first time hosting the family Christmas feast. We are here to help you cook a showstopper […]
by Traci Gates | December 2, 2019
Smoked Salmon Mousse Canapés Most people have a pack of smoked salmon in the fridge this time of year. It just would not feel quite like Christmas if there wasn’t smoked salmon making a guest appearance at the table. Smoked salmon canapés have timeless appeal and make for a perfect starter to your Irish Christmas […]
by Traci Gates | September 26, 2019
Autumn Vegetables and Wine Pairing The trees are changing colour, and the leaves and temperatures are starting to drop. Its that little chill in the evening that gets us thinking about warming, earthy comfort foods. Mother Nature provides this to us in the form of a beautiful, bountiful harvest of sunset coloured fall vegetables of […]
by Traci Gates | August 27, 2019
Down to Business with Bobby Kerr Wines Direct was delighted to be asked to sit on a wine industry panel to discuss all things wine with the legendary Bobby Kerr. Bobby Kerr is an Irish businessman, entrepreneur and TV personality. He grew Insomnia Coffee from a business that took £58 on its opening day to […]
by Traci Gates | July 9, 2019
The Best Rosé Wines to Try Right now Summer temperatures are finally warming our lush island, and the whole of Ireland is donning Espadrilles, and leaving the house without as much as a cardigan. Could we really have a proper summer starting now? Well, to that we say, YES! No matter what the mercury or Met […]
by Traci Gates | March 27, 2019
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 which means […]
by Traci Gates | February 28, 2019
Orange Wine The days are getting longer, and the daffodils are popping up along with the lists of recommended Spring wines to taste – aromatic and zippy whites and lighter French reds like Gamay. All wonderfully light choices as we come out of our heavy hibernation. We hesitate to label a season to a particular […]
by Traci Gates | November 30, 2018
Cheese Board Wine Pairing In this year’s Wines Direct Christmas Brochure, top chefs and influencers in the Irish food scene shared their much-loved Christmas  dishes with you, paired with some of our favourite festive wines. This week, we reveal their delectable recipes. Whether you are the head chef or kitchen porter at home, we hope you […]
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