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Category:Food Pairing

by Traci Gates | July 22, 2021
Bank Holiday BBQ Wine Pairing Do you have a License to Grill but want some help selecting wines to take your Bank Holiday BBQ from lit to fire? We get that there’s enough to ‘flipping’ worry about when you’re the Grill Master or Mistress, so we put together a list of BBQ wine pairings for you […]
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 […]
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